Pumaren: 4 GlobalPort draft picks can make lineup

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort have stockpiled on four picks in the draft and consultant Franz Pumaren said all four will have a chance to make the lineup.“Right now, everyone has a chance to make it to the regular lineup,” Pumaren said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Joshua to fight Molina in 2nd defense of heavyweight title EDITORS’ PICK Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway The Batang Pier plucked shooter Von Pessumal in the Gilas round while also selecting guard Alfrancis Tamsi, winger Ryan Arambulo and big man Spencer Eman in the regular draft.Pumaren said the next few weeks will be crucial for the draftees as the coaching staff will assess if they can adapt and fit the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’ll be inviting them, so at least we’ll have an idea if they can really adjust to the PBA style and if they  can adjust on what we’re trying to do,” he said.Out of the four, Pumaren thinks Pessumal has the best chance of cracking the roster as he sees him boding well with the guard-heavy GlobalPort squad, flanked by Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas “He’s going to be in good company,” said Pumaren as the former Blue Eagle will be alongside gunners in Karl Dehesa and Anthony Semerad.“I think Pessumal will benefit practicing with these guys every day.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Romero fires at POC: ‘Enough is enough’

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise “Maawa na po tayo sa ating Philippine sports. Number six na po tayo sa SEA Games. Baka pag gising po natin the next day baka number 10 na tayo out of 11 countries.”Since topping the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Manila with 113 golds, the country has been on a continuous decline in the medal table.The country placed seventh in the 2013 Sea Games in Myanmar and sixth in the 2015 Sea Games in Singapore, both exiting the biennial tournament with only 29 gold medals in the last two offings.“It is time for change. Let the democratic process find its own path, let it flow. But for me, it’s time to overhaul,” said Romero. “I think enough is enough for the POC.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus PBA chairman Mikee Romeo speaks during the 2017 PBA Season press conference at Makati Shangri-La. PBA IMAGESPBA chairman Mikee Romero blasted the Philippine Olympic Committee after the controversial disqualification of Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas from the elections.Speaking in the 2017 PBA Season press conference on Monday at Makati Shangri-La, the GlobalPort owner called out the POC and said “enough is enough.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “Dito po sa POC, I would just like to say it’s time to overhaul POC and it’s time to overhaul PH sports,” the 1-Pacman Representative Romero said.As it stands, incumbent POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco is set to run unopposed anew as he seeks a fourth term.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Vargas camp is still appealing the decision of Comelec chairman Frank Elizalde to bar the boxing chief from running in the Nov. 25 polls.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios, a former PBA commissioner, is also running for treasurer under the Vargas slate. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modescenter_img MOST READ We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA execs see ‘even’ playing field as new season begins EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Cheerful, colorful NBA reporter Craig Sager dies at 65

first_imgBarcelona set to extend Suarez contract to 2021 EDITORS’ PICK Sager’s passing brought out condolences from every corner of the NBA and Hall of Famer Larry Bird expressed what many were feeling.“He was as identifiable with the NBA as any player or coach,” Bird said. “The league will not be the same without him.”Magic Johnson echoed those sentiments on Twitter.“The NBA family lost a legend who changed the way sideline reporters did their job. RIP Craig Sager,” Johnson said.It wasn’t just the NBA community that mourned his passing, with Vice President Joe Biden and Drake expressing sadness at the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA “Later, he said, ‘You’re still going to be media on the court, but off the court can I call you and see how you’re doing?’ I said: ‘Heck yes,’” Sager recalled in August. “Just keep treating me the way on the court you always do. He said: ‘I wouldn’t want it any other way.’”Popovich didn’t take questions from reporters prior to Thursday night’s game in Phoenix. Instead, he walked out of the visiting locker room and, with a somber tone, spoke only of Sager for close to two minutes.“A day like this, basketball has to take a back seat, as we all think about somebody who was very unique, very special,” Popovich said. “Whether you really knew Craig or not, you got the feeling that he was a very special person in a lot of different ways, and right now I just feel for his family.”“He was a way better person than he was a worker, even though he was amazing in that regard. He loved all the people around him and everybody felt that,” he said. “The most amazing part of him is his courage … if any of us can display half the courage he has to stay on this planet, to live every life as if it’s his last, we’d be well off.”Sager sported suits in every color of the rainbow and plenty of shades not found in nature, from teal to fuchsia to magenta. He would match plaid blazers with paisley ties or striped shirts – all in bold hues.Kevin Garnett once told him to burn an entire outfit. In a 2016 interview with HBO’s “Real Sports,” Sager recalled how Popovich reproached him for trying to stand out. Sager explained to him: “Coach, you don’t understand. If I’m not wearing bright colors and if I don’t feel lively, it’s not me.”Sometimes lost in the glare of his wardrobe was Sager’s relentless nature as a reporter. Every time Popovich would give a terse non-answer, an unfazed Sager would pepper him with another question.During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, Popovich described Sager as “an iconic figure in the NBA.”“He does a great job,” the coach added. “His sense of humor is obvious. We have a lot of fun going back and forth with that.”Sager’s persistence was on display at the start of his career, when the 22-year-old found himself in the middle of one of the most famous moments in sports history. Making $95 a week in 1974 as the news director at WSPB – a Braves-affiliated AM radio station in Sarasota, Florida – Sager risked getting fired by deciding to hop a flight to Atlanta for a game with Hank Aaron a home run away from breaking Babe Ruth’s career record. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sager had two bone marrow transplants with his son as the donor before undergoing a third one from an anonymous donor at the end of August in Houston to fight an aggressive form of leukemia. To no one’s surprise, he was characteristically cheerful.READ: TNT’s Craig Sager says leukemia no longer in remission“It really isn’t all that painful, not physically,” he said then. “I think the hardest toll is mentally and emotionally. I have this thing of positive thinking. I think if you think something is going to be right and you think positive then you feel that way and if you feel that way you’ll act that way. I try not to get down.”Sager announced in April 2014 that he had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and he missed the playoffs and much of the following season as he underwent the first two transplants. Sager revealed in March 2016 that his leukemia was no longer in remission. He said doctors told him the typical prognosis was three to six months to live, but “I am receiving the best treatment in the world and I remain fully confident I will win this battle.”He was overwhelmed by how news of his fight spread and people across the world started talking about the Sager Strong campaign.“At first was our family’s fight,” Sager said. “Then because of TV and TNT and people seeing me in the stands and I talk to people and then it got bigger and then that inner circle became an endless world to tell you the truth.”Sager then started gaining inspiration from everyone who shared their story or reached out to show support.“They saw that I refused to give up and I refused to give in and that I’m still fighting it and they saw a lot of inspiration in what I was doing,” he said. Now I feel I’m not only fighting for what I want and what my family wants, but for everybody out there who has cancer or will.”His battle brought out the soft side of Gregg Popovich, the prickly San Antonio Spurs coach with whom he had many memorable exchanges during in-game interviews.Sager never faulted Popovich for his gruff attitude during those interviews, saying “he’s trying to win a game. He doesn’t want to talk to some reporter.” But he said they had a great relationship. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Sager attended Northwestern, where he walked onto the football and basketball teams, and served as the school’s “Willie the Wildcat” mascot for three years.He worked at several TV and radio stations in Florida after college before spending two years in Kansas City. Sager joined CNN in 1981 after handling the network’s first live remote report during the 1980 baseball playoffs.Sager was in Dallas for a game in April 2014 when he felt ill and sought treatment from Mavericks team physician Dr. Tarek Souryal, who had previously performed Sager’s knee surgery. With a dangerously low hemoglobin count, Sager had six blood transfusions over a 24-hour period before returning to Atlanta. After that came the treatments and his public battle with leukemia.Earlier this year, Sager was involved in the television coverage of the NCAA Final Four and had a memorable postgame interview with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.“I’m proud of you,” Boeheim told Sager on air after the Orange lost in the national semifinals. “I’m really proud of you and what you’re doing. You’re a fighter and that’s something we all should really aspire to be. You’re setting an example that we all should be really happy to try to follow.”Sager replied, “Well, thank you very much.”And then the professional broadcaster did what professional broadcasters do – he went to his next question, one about Syracuse’s famed 2-3 zone, without missing a beat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With a last-minute credential, Sager was stuck in the third-base photographers’ well. As the historic homer sailed out of the park, Sager, without thinking, sprinted onto the field and wound up chasing Aaron down the third-base line. When Aaron’s teammates mobbed him at home plate, Sager can be seen in his trench coat in the middle of the scrum.The next day, Sager caught a 5 a.m. flight to Sarasota to be back for his morning drive responsibilities, and his tapes from the game wound up in Cooperstown.Sager worked as a reporter on the Olympics, Major League Baseball playoffs, the NFL and the NCAA Tournament, among other sports. But he was indelibly connected to the NBA.“Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality. Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many most recently with his courage.”His popularity around the sport was evident as he went through his cancer treatments. Bulls star Dwyane Wade also sold paisley ties during the 2016 playoffs to raise money to combat blood cancers.Sager got to cover his first NBA Finals in 2016 through an unusual arrangement between TNT and ESPN, which invited him to join its coverage. He marked the occasion by wearing a blazer with a royal blue floral print. In an interview with LeBron James after Game 6, the Cavaliers star turned the tables to giddily ask Sager a question: “How in the hell do you go 30-plus years without getting a Finals game?”He was self-deprecating when asked what the outpouring of support from across the NBA meant to him.“It means that I’m not just the nuisance that they see on the court when I’m trying to talk to them when they want to be somewhere else,” he said in August.And Sager loved everything about his job.“I try to get there three hours before the game, talk with the ushers and the security guards, the coaches and the fans,” Sager said in 2015. We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The end for the beloved TNT broadcaster came Thursday when the man known as much for his outrageous wardrobe as his relationships with the NBA’s elite succumbed to the disease he fought so hard to overcome. Turner Sports announced his death without disclosing details. He was 65 and had worked basketball games for TNT for nearly a quarter-century.BACKSTORY: Craig Sager ‘still fighting,’ told by doctors he has 3-6 months to liveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us,” Turner President David Levy said. “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.”His son, Craig Jr., posted a loving video tribute to his father, tweeting: “We packed a lifetime and then some into these 28 years together.” PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, killed in helicopter crash PLAY LIST 01:47Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, killed in helicopter crash01:51Kobe Bryant’s body identified among helicopter crash victims00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports In this file photo, honoree Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V Award for Perserverance onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. He has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP FILE PHOTOHOUSTON— Craig Sager never once thought about giving up as he battled cancer for more than two years.“Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful, there’s just too many things,” he said in late August. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 20, 2018

first_imgThere are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. We’ve rounded up a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets.Tropical forestsA warming climate will likely mean more droughts for the Amazon rainforest, new research has found (Weather.com).Coffee could help communities restore forests in Mozambique (VOA News).The highest court in Ecuador has backed a $9.5 billion fine levied against Chevron for damage to the country’s rainforest (The Gleaner).Environmental impact assessments fail to accurately forecast the cost to wildlife of dam construction, experts say (Science Magazine).The Peruvian Amazon is still losing forest to mining, as figures since the beginning of 2018 show (teleSUR TV).A committee in Malaysian Borneo plans to tackle illegal logging once again (The Sun Daily).Research shows that forests can be a boon for farmers in Africa (Landscape News).Some conservation initiatives create victims through “green colonialism” (Foreign Policy).Addressing climate change will require more than REDD+, Norway’s environment minister says (REDD Monitor).Other newsEight critically endangered black rhinos, new to their home, died after they apparently drank salty water (The Hindu, Reuters, The Guardian, The New York Times).Investigators are using confiscated wildlife products to devise new ways to nab traffickers (Undark).The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has slackened the rules on the disposal of coal ash (Reuters).Pink dolphins could suffer with the construction of a bridge between Hong Kong and China, biologists say (Reuters).Polluted beaches in Gaza still provide respite for residents confined to sweltering apartments and too little power (Reuters).Locals kill more than 290 crocodiles at a breeding farm in Indonesia after a man’s death (Reuters).Botswana is the latest country in Africa to consider allowing trophy hunting of elephants (Reuters).Conservationists, including Jane Goodall, aim to protest grizzly hunting near Yellowstone by entering the lottery for a permit (The Guardian).Climate change could wipe out all of Canada’s Arctic glaciers, a new study shows (The Guardian).For the first time, scientists have shown that young white sharks haunt “nursery” areas around Long Island (Florida Atlantic University/Phys.Org).Whale sharks live longer than we thought, new research shows (Nova Southeastern University/EurekAlert).Up to one-third of plastic in U.K. grocery stores is a challenge to recycle (The Guardian).Recent research charts out the threats that the peace agreement in Colombia could level at the country’s rainforest (St. John’s College/University of Cambridge/EurekAlert).Environmental activists from Kenya are walking to South Africa to draw attention to elephant and rhino conservation on the continent (Xinhuanet).A tropical ecologist proposes providing safe and enclosed havens for rhinos on Australia’s savannas (The Conversation).Tanzania has a new five-year plan for its chimpanzees (The Citizen/AllAfrica.com).Climate change is forcing geese to make speedier migrations (The New York Times).Online trading facilitates the movement of illegal wildlife products (The Revelator).The Trump administration plans to change the Endangered Species Act in ways that conservation groups say will be harmful to wildlife (Reuters).A planned railway through Nairobi National Park could be detrimental to wildlife, conservationists say (BBC News, The Revelator).Coral reefs in the deep aren’t the refuge for fish and other reef species that scientists had hoped, a new study finds (Reuters, The Atlantic).An analysis in the journal Science adds to the growing evidence that meat consumption could destroy the environment (The Guardian).Banner image of black rhinos in Kenya by Harald Zimmer, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0).Banner image of black rhinos in Kenya by Harald Zimmer, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0).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. Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannoncenter_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

New species of neon-colored fish discovered off Brazil

first_imgWhile diving in the waters surrounding Saint Paul’s Rocks, an archipelago off Brazil, in June last year, researchers discovered a stunning pink-and-white neon-colored fish that’s new to science.The researchers were so taken by the colorful fish that they did not notice a large six-gill shark swimming very close to them. For its “enchanting” beauty, they named the fish Tosanoides aphrodite, or the Aphrodite anthias, after the Greek goddess of love and beauty.Aphrodite anthias is the only known species of the genus Tosanoides found in the Atlantic Ocean. All the other known species of Tosanoides live in the Pacific Ocean. In a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, researchers have found a stunning pink-and-white neon-colored fish that’s new to science.Luiz Rocha, an ichthyologist at the California Academy of Sciences, and his colleague Hudson T. Pinheiro were diving in the waters surrounding Saint Paul’s Rocks, an archipelago off Brazil, in June last year, when they spotted the colorful fish at a depth of 120 meters (400 feet), swimming amid rocky crevices of twilight zone reefs.Suspecting that the fish was a species that hadn’t been described yet, Rocha and Pinheiro began collecting some of the individuals to study later in the lab. The pair were, however, so taken by the new fish that they didn’t notice a large six-gill shark (Hexanchus griseus) swimming very close to them. The researchers say the fish had enchanted them “much like Aphrodite’s beauty enchanted ancient Greek gods,” and they duly named it Tosanoides aphrodite, or the Aphrodite anthias, after the Greek goddess of love and beauty.“This is one of the most beautiful fishes I’ve ever seen,” Rocha said in a statement. “It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it.”Tosanoides aphrodite. Image © Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences.Along with Claudia Rocha, a research and curatorial associate at the California Academy of Sciences, Rocha and Pinheiro studied the fish in greater detail, and described it in a new study in ZooKeys. They found that the Aphrodite anthias is the only known species of the genus Tosanoides found in the Atlantic Ocean. All the other known species of Tosanoides, such as Tosanoides obama found in Hawaii and named after former U.S. President Barack Obama, live in the Pacific Ocean.The males of the new species have alternating pink and yellow stripes extending along their bodies, while females are a solid reddish-orange in color.“Fishes from the twilight zone tend to be pink or reddish in color,” Pinheiro said. “Red light doesn’t penetrate to these dark depths, rendering the fishes invisible unless illuminated by a light like the one we carry while diving.”Reefs in this zone, at depths of 60 to 150 meters (200 to 500 feet) lie between the sunlit surface waters and the deep, dark abyss. These reefs, while underexplored, are thought to be extremely diverse habitats home to several species that have yet to be described.Saint Paul’s Rocks, where Aphrodite anthias lives, is also isolated from both the American and African coastlines, which has likely resulted in high endemism in the area — that is, species found in these waters are not found anywhere else in the world. For example, previous research has found seven reef fish species that occur only at Saint Paul’s Rocks. The Aphrodite anthias is the eighth such endemic species.“In a time of global crisis for coral reefs, learning more about unexplored reef habitats and their colorful residents is critical to our understanding of how to protect them,” Luiz Rocha said. “We aim to highlight the ocean’s vast and unexplored wonders and inspire a new generation of sustainability champions.”Tosanoides aphrodite. Image © Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences.Citation:Pinheiro, H.T., Rocha, C. and Rocha, L.A. (2018) Tosanoides aphrodite, a new species from mesophotic coral ecosystems of St. Paul’s Rocks, Mid Atlantic Ridge (Perciformes, Serranidae, Anthiadinae). ZooKeys, 786: 105 DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.786.27382 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Evolution, Fish, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine, Marine Animals, New Species, Oceans, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction?

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 A new study finds that conservation spending has lessened the environmental impacts of ongoing development around the world.The researchers developed a model that any policymaker can use to see how much money is required to offset the environmental damage done by development, population growth and economic growth.However, some researchers believe the relentless focus on economic expansion could hurt our efforts to achieve sustainability in the long term. Money, it’s said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent.“All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference,” says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore.To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development – population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture – contributed to biodiversity loss.The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts.In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. “If we hadn’t spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did,” Waldron tells wildlife.org.The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter confined largely to Hawaii). Other countries, though, saw their biodiversity improve during the same period, including Mauritius, the Seychelles, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Poland and Ukraine. The U.S. was one of the countries with the highest drops in biodiversity from 1996 to 2008, driven largely by species decline in Hawaii. Image by Mongabay.Predicting future conservation spending needs Not only does the researchers’ model demonstrate the impact of past conservation spending — it can also be used by decision-makers to predict how much money is needed to achieve future national and international biodiversity targets. “The model can inform policymakers … about the ways in which changes in conservation resourcing can reduce the otherwise-expected losses,” Waldron and his colleagues say in their publication. Crucially, in calculating the spending needed, the model can also take into account the impacts of ensuing development, such as predicted population growth or habitat loss. Because development needs are continuously changing, so too will the figure needed to reach biodiversity goals, according to the paper.Currently, Waldron is helping create a user-friendly version of the model used in the study, in collaboration with a team from Arizona State University. The interface, when completed, will allow decision-makers to simply type in numbers on conservation spending, in addition to predicted development needs, and get back expected biodiversity change. The team ultimately plans to develop the interface to the point where it can demonstrate, for example, “if you need another 2% of farmland next year, this is the extra financial effort you are going to need in conservation,” Waldron says.Such a framework promises an exciting way to potentially balance the often warring goals of economic development and ecological sustainability. By having a model that can calculate the ecological “cost” of development, and by applying it at the level of nations, this approach could potentially help bring about the win-win scenarios aspired to by the Brundtland Commission, the Millennium Development Assessment, and others. Of course, it would mean the nations actually spending the requisite funds on conservation. Yet some scholars maintain compensatory strategies such as these might serve to legitimize further development by failing to critique the underlying logic of continuous development and unending economic growth. Vandana Shiva, the renowned Indian philosopher and environmentalist, writes, for example, that the modern preoccupation with limitless growth, manifested in the form of GDP, is “anti-life.” Others say the focus on “net biodiversity” in some of these compensatory approaches takes important emphasis away from specific habitats and specific species, and that putting a final price on the cost of saving species might lead to unsettling consequences.“We can lose the link with the real biodiversity behind this accounting approach,” says Coralie Calvet, a researcher on sustainability at the University of Montpellier.Waldron was most surprised to find that Australia was one of the countries with the biggest drops in biodiversity in the study. Coastal forest and mangroves near Cairns, Australia. Image by Mongabay.Money talks – but who’s listening? Using compensatory and financial frameworks to offset development impacts, whether at the local or national levels, is becoming increasingly popular in schemes such as the U.N.’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), and wetland banking programs in the U.S. And, as demonstrated by the research undertaken by Waldron and his colleagues, injecting more money to balance out the impacts of development may be an effective tool in fighting species loss and meeting biodiversity targets.Yet there remain other barriers to the successful fulfillment of environmental targets.Waldron says that in the year since the publication of the paper, neither he nor his colleagues on the project have been contacted by policymakers, government representatives or nongovernmental groups, with the exception of one NGO, The Nature Conservancy.“I have not received any approach from any policy unit since that paper was published,” he says, attributing this to a prevailing climate of exclusiveness about who’s allowed at the table. “There’s clearly a defined group of people who make the decisions, and to some degree, there’s a defined group of academics,” he says.If true, this is especially worrying given that, to date, we have continually missed biodiversity targets. The 2010 CBD signatories failed to achieve the targets of that convention, for example, and experts say it doesn’t look good for the 20 goals formulated at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the CBD in 2010, known collectively as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.Waldron and his team of researchers hope that by providing the first definitive evidence that the dollar can go the distance in conservation, it will incentivize adequate spending.“There’s increasing resistance to spending money, increasing cynicism about whether it’s doing any good,” Waldron tells wildlife.org.“The money’s working, but it wasn’t enough. Let’s put away the cynicism and go for sufficient funding.”Banner image: Flying dragon lizard in Malaysia, by Rhett A. Butler.CitationsWaldron, A., Miller, D.C., Redding, D., Mooers, A., Kuhn, T.S., Nibbelink, N., Roberts, J.T., Tobias, J.A., Gittleman, J.L., (2017). Reductions in global biodiversity loss predicted from conservation spending. Nature, 555: 364–367.Tittensor, D. P. et al. (2014). A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets. Science, 346: 241–244. Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Policy, Extinction, Interns, Research, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Wildlife center_img Article published by Maria Salazarlast_img read more

JRU eyes second victory, faces dangerous Batangas

first_imgJose Rizal shoots for a second straight victory when it battles Batangas, while Victoria Sports and Wangs Basketball make their debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The Heavy Bombers rolled past guest team Blustar Detergent, 75-64, to open their campaign. But they face a tougher test against a Batangas team that pushed favorite AMA Online to the limit before yielding, 101-95, last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victimscenter_img JRU coach Vergel Meneses hopes his charges will get off to a better start this time after struggling to get their offense going against Blustar.“The players I have now will be the ones who are going to lead us in the NCAA so it’s time for them to take a bigger responsibility,” Meneses said.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 returnBatangas coach Eric Gonzales expects an improved performance from his squad led by Dan Sara and Joseph Sedifura.“I’m happy that we’re building a team that doesn’t give up,” said Gonzales. “The players are really improving.” Nat’l athletes to train in IBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Vicente, Valdez reunite as Davao leg of national tryouts kicks off

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DAVAO CITY—It will be a reunion of sorts between Alyssa Valdez and Francis Vicente when the national volleyball team tryouts holds its final leg here Saturday.Vicente and Valdez were part of the University of Santo Tomas girls’ team that won the UAAP juniors volleyball championship from 2008 to 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra played ‘horrible from start to finish,’ admits Cone Cayco, who is tasked to form the national squads, said a big part of the 16-player pool will be young, untested players, and their provincial sorties are aimed at discovering new talents.Vicente will oversee the women’s team tryouts Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., while Sammy Acaylar will take care of the men’s auditions on same days from 8 to 11 a.mThe 23-year-old Valdez will arrive in Manila at 5 a.m. Saturday before taking a one-hour flight to this city at 7 a.m.Valdez and the other aspirants will undergo a battery of examinations, including physical, psychological and physiological tests.Davao has chipped in its share of talents, like Ateneo stars Maddie Maddayag and Mae Tajima as well as Petron’s Mayette Zapanta and former Cignal player Mary Grace Berte.ADVERTISEMENT “We go back a long way, and she knows that she’s not dealing with a stranger but an old friend and coach,” said Vicente, who will spearhead the tryouts at University of Southeastern Philippines here.Vicente, who has conducted tryouts in Manila and Cebu, had earlier said he’s “still waiting for somebody” to arrive to form his own “dream team,” apparently alluding to the popular Valdez.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 returnVicente said he’s eyeing tall players in an attempt to build a high-ceilinged squad for several international meets, including the Southeast Asian Games.Leading the tryouts here are Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. top officials Joey Romasanta and acting president Pete Cayco. View comments Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 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 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Read Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES MOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijinglast_img read more

NBA: Carmelo Anthony looks forward to exit meeting with Jackson

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the regular season ending next week, Anthony expressed his intention to clear the air with the Knick executive during their end-of-season meeting.“The chips will be on the table in that meeting,” Anthony revealed to ESPN on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).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 returnPrior to the trade deadline, Anthony’s name had been all over trade rumors, despite owning a “no-trade” clause in his contract.His deteriorating relationship with Jackson stemmed from his refusal to abide by the former coach’s patented triangle offense. The matter escalated further after the 71-year-old wrote subtle shots on Twitter, presumed to be referring to his disgruntled star. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Bleacher’s Ding almost rings the bell, but I learned you don’t change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 7, 2017Although he never fired back to Jackson’s criticism publicly, the 10-time All-Star opened up about the possibility of leaving New York, claiming he sees “the writing on the wall.”“The time I’m out there on the court, I’m going to play basketball. It’s the game I’ve always had fun and enjoyed,” he said. “Although it hasn’t been as fun as I would’ve wanted it to be. Try to find the joy in playing the game again.”ADVERTISEMENT For the fourth straight year, the Knicks (29-48) are once again out of playoff contention.Aside from Anthony, the team will also deal with declining superstar and free agent Derrick Rose, who suffered yet another season-ending surgery.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Rose out for rest of season after knee injurySports 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 SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Inquirer top 7 UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 9 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7). APAnother year has ended in yet another disappointing season for the New York Knicks.Apart from the constant losing, the storied franchise has been marred by off-court turmoil between the team’s best player Carmelo Anthony and team President Phil Jackson.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

Spurs uses improved mentality to chase Chelsea for PL title

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES All Tottenham can do is keep racking up the wins — Saturday’s was the seventh in a row — and raising the goal-difference advantage over Chelsea in case it matters. Tottenham has a six-goal edge over Chelsea by that reckoning after another irresistible performance on Saturday that produced a club-record 12th straight home win.Even substitute Vincent Jansson managed to score his first goal from open play eight months into the misfiring striker’s first Premier League campaign, wrapping up the victory in stoppage time. It was opened by Mousa Dembele scoring his first goal of the season in the 16th minute, ghosting into the penalty area unmarked to meet Christian Eriksen’s corner.Inside three minutes, Son Heung-min put the ball through goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s legs for his 19th goal of the campaign to become the highest-scoring South Korean in a single European season since Cha Bum-kun for Bayer Leverkusen in 1985-86.Tottenham has dispelled notions it is over-reliant on Harry Kane by continuing to thrive during the top-scorer’s injury absence. Naturally, though, on his first start in almost five weeks, Kane netted his 25th goal in all competitions this season three minutes into the second half. It’s the third successive year that Kane has hit 20 league goals in a season.“The only way to build that winning mentality is to always play in the same tempo, with the same focus during the 90 minutes,” Pochettino said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Swansea is two points behind Hull in the third relegation place after a 1-0 defeat to Watford, its fifth loss in six games. Etienne Capoue secured the victory for a Watford side which is all but assured of avoiding the drop. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now Tottenham occupies the role of the underdog, sitting four points behind Chelsea after swatting aside Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).“We expended a lot energy fighting against Leicester, but against West Brom, against Chelsea, against the media,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, recalling last season’s late costly draws against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea. “We fought against everyone, but now we are focusing on fighting our opponents when we play.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“Then we spend time and energy on preparing ourselves to compete in the best way. We have improved a lot, from the beginning of the season that was our chance to improve our mentality, our belief and I think you can see the group and the team have improved.”If Chelsea can be chased down in Spurs’ remaining six games, Tottenham would be crowned champions for the first time since 1961, and etching another new name in the Premier League trophy. A triumph for Chelsea, which is at Manchester United on Sunday, would be far less enchanting, given the west London club has won the league four times since 2005. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, left, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Vincent Janssen celebrate after scoring during the Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at White Hart Lane stadium in London. APLONDON — Unlike last season’s title race, Tottenham knows it isn’t on the wrong side of a popularity contest in its pursuit of Chelsea.Leicester was the undoubted pick of the neutrals as it fought off Tottenham’s challenge to improbably collect the Premier League trophy last May.ADVERTISEMENT Tottenham has a seven-point edge over Manchester City, which went third by beating Southampton 3-0. Captain Vincent Kompany headed in the opener in the 55th minute with his first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored.There’s still a chance Sunderland could avoid the drop, but it’s an unlikely prospect even after Fabio Borini came off the bench to rescue a point in the 90th. The Italian scored two minutes after replacing the concussed Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch while being given oxygen, to score a 2-all draw against West Ham.With six games remaining, though, Sunderland is nine points from safety but it has a game in hand over Hull — the team directly above the drop zone.Twice West Ham led, through Andre Ayew and James Collins, but twice Sunderland rallied — the first time when Wahbi Khazri scored direct from a corner.After Borini’s late leveler, West Ham finished with 10 men after Sam Byram was dismissed in the fifth minute of stoppage time after being shown a second yellow card.Crystal Palace recovered from two goals down to move seven points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-goal draw against Leicester.Goals from Leicester duo Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy were canceled out by Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke. Leicester has mounted a feeble defense of its title — sitting 12th — but it is England’s last Champions League participant and hosts Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The Foxes are only 1-0 down from the first leg.Phil Jagielka’s close-range effort, Ross Barkley’s deflected strike and Romelu Lukaku’s league-leading 24th of the campaign sealed Everton’s 3-1 victory over Burnley, its eighth successive home win.The Toffees moved ahead of Manchester United into fifth place on goal difference, having played three games more.Hull remains two points above the relegation zone after 11th-placed Stoke ended its four-game losing run with a 3-1 win that was wrapped up by Xherdan Shaqiri striking into the top corner from 30 yards with 10 minutes remaining. MOST READ View comments 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 Reus boost Dortmund after attack Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more