Eczacibasi seeks sweep

first_img30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Rexona finished Group stage at 1-2 and is now in danger of getting relegated to the classification stage.Hisamitsu Springs Kobe scored its first win in Group B with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 win over Bangkok Glass.Hisamitsu is at 1-2, while Bangkok Glass dropped to a 0-2 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tijana Boskovic took care of the scoring chores, making points.She was supported by new recruit Tatiana Kosheleva and Jordan Larson-Burbach, who added 15 points apiece.Rio Olympic champion Thaisa Daher Pallesi and Rachael Adams also chipped in in offense, making 11 points apiece.But the telling blow was the fierceness with which Eczacibasi shielded its turf, scoring 22 blocks—seven from Boskovic—against Rexona’s seven.Much of that effort was focused on Rexona’s flashy open spiker Gabi Guimaraes who had 52 attempts but could only land 14 of them.Monique Marinho topscored with 24 points for Rexona which dealt PSL-F2 Logistics Manila a three-set loss on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino paddlers load more power, go for longer strokes Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila It is now at 2-0 and head coach Massimo Barbolini is eyeing a sweep of Group A.And that’s bad news for PSL-F2 Logistics Manila today.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“As much as possible we want to win all our three games in the Group stage and become No. 1 team,” said Barbolini.As the top team in Group A, Eczacibasi gets to face the No. 2 team in Group B in the semifinals.Judging from the way it handled Rexona’s athleticism, power and speed, Eczacibasi looms as a fearsome juggernaut against the local club. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway We are young MOST READ Eczacibasi Istanbul vs Pomi Casalmaggiore FIVB. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEczacibasi VitrA Istanbul coach made it very clear: It will go all out against PSL-F2 Logistics Manila.The Turkish champion and defending titlist here unleashed its full force to turn back Rexona Sesc Rio yesterday, 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11, and make the semifinals of the FIVB Women’s Club Championship at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Pocari gains last 4

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town FILE – Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBreanna Mackie unloaded 21 points to carry Pocari Sweat to a straight-sets win over Laoag, 25-13, 25-20, 26-24, and into the Shakey’s V League Reinforced Conference semifinals Monday night at Philsports Arena.Mackie imposed her will against the smaller, import-less Power Smashers, pounding 16 of her total output on kills, as the Lady Warriors hiked their tally to 4-1.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 BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Pocari Sweat’s other reinforcement Andrea Kacsits, still still trying to get her form, made just seven.But it hardly mattered as Elaine Kasilag, Desiree Dadang and Myla Pablo turned in the numbers for the Lady Warriors.In the second game, University of the Philippines downed Air Force side, 25-16, 25-20, 25-10, to finish its campaign with a 3-4 card.With the loss, Air Force fell to 2-4 and rendered the semifinal cast complete with UST (5-1), Pocari (4-1), BaliPure (3-1) and Customs (3-2).“It’s all about my players,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella. “They decided the game because they themselves acted on the situation and knew what was right and wrong.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise He was referring to the last set when the Lady Warriors trailed by seven points before waking up from stupor to launch a strong finishing kick.“We are communicating inside the court and I guess we are improving,” said Mackie.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway They joined idle leaders University of Santo Tomas Tigresses in the next stage.Except for the last set where Laoag put up a semblance of a fight, it was Pocari all the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentLaoag leaned on strong hitter Grethcel Soltones who accounted for 10 points, and Jorelle Singh who had nine.Mackie’s presence was enough to sow fear among the Power Smashers, who attacked for 32 points against the Lady Warriors 40. Killer punch Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View commentslast_img read more

Westbrook with another triple-double as Thunder down Knicks

first_imgWestbrook is on pace to equal Robertson’s record, albeit with only 19 games of the season gone. Westbrook’s display Monday helped the Thunder improve to 11-8 as the Knicks fell to 8-9.However Westbrook is adamant that matching Robertson’s record is not on his agenda.“Winning is sustainable,” Westbrook said. “My job is to go out and find the best way to win games. Right now, we won three straight and that is what’s most important to me.“I don’t really care, honestly. I like to win and compete at a high level. I do the same thing every year.”Enes Kanter offered another offensive threat for the Thunder, rising from the bench to score 27 points and grab 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the Knicks, Derrick Rose led the scoring with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists.Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 18 points.Thunder coach Billy Donovan however paid tribute to Westbrook’s display.“He (Westbrook) obviously set people up tremendously tonight,” Donovan said.“Offensively getting and creating shots, getting in the lane. I thought his rebounding, getting to a couple of loose ball plays. When he does that it sends an unbelievable message to our team of his spirit and his fight and the way he competes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook needed just 20 minutes on court to complete his latest masterclass, part of a haul that leaves him averaging triple-double numbers for the season.The 28-year-old finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWestbrook is now averaging 30.9 points per game, 11.3 assists and 10.4 rebounds for the season.Only one player in NBA history — Robertson in 1961-62 — has ever gone an entire season averaging triple-double numbers. Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket defended by Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPRussell Westbrook insists he is not interested in chasing history after a quickfire eighth triple-double of the season left him on track to equal Oscar Robertson’s long-standing NBA record.Westbrook was in scintillating form once more to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overpower the New York Knicks 112-103 at Madison Square Garden, bagging his third consecutive triple-double — the 45th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments MOST READcenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFA Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine NBA: Mavericks easing Nowitzki back from injurylast_img read more

Failed rice fields may get new lease of life under Indonesian peat restoration project

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 The Peatland Restoration Agency is looking at possibilities to develop agriculture on abandoned peat swamps from the failed Mega Rice Project in the mid-1990s.The agency has identified 1,250 square kilometers of peat areas with agricultural potential.The search is a part of the agency’s pilot project to test methods of developing agriculture without using fires. KIRAM, Indonesia — It was one of the most spectacular failures of modern agriculture, but two decades after it was abandoned, patches of Indonesia’s Mega Rice Project look to be revived under a government-run peatland restoration program.The original Mega Rice Project (MRP) was initiated in 1996 during the regime of long-ruling strongman Suharto, who envisioned a million hectares (10,000 square kilometers, or 3,860 square miles) of rice plantations — an area eight times the size of Los Angeles — on peatlands across southern Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo.Thousands of excavators and tens of thousands of workers were deployed to clear the peat forests and dig some 4,600 kilometers (2,900 miles) of drainage canals to keep the soil dry enough in the rainy season and the crops irrigated in the dry season. But the project was an unmitigated disaster, with not a single blade of productive rice ever grown. The nutrient-poor peat soil proved too unforgiving for Javanese-style rice cultivation, and the government ultimately abandoned the project, leaving behind a dried-out wasteland that continues to burn on a large scale almost every year.Some of the worst fires on these degraded peatlands occurred in 2015, and prompted the creation of the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), whose mission is to block off the drainage canals and rewet up to 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of affected peatland.The agency, under its presidentially appointed chief, Nazir Foead, is now eyeing turning tracts of former MRP lands to their Suharto-era role of farmland, albeit not at the same scale as the original project, and with greater consideration for the environment.“The lands are already cleared, and the canals have been built, but they are abandoned,” Nazir said. “These areas have turned into bush, and they often catch fire and become rat nests.”Much of the MRP area went up in smoke during the 2015 fires, he said, “so it’s better to restore it while at the same time increasing its agricultural productivity.”Under that plan, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing is blocking drainage canals, focusing on the biggest canal in the network, in the district of Pulang Pisau, in Central Kalimantan province.The BRG, meanwhile, has a project to establish farmland without the need to set fire to the brush. The first round of that project, done in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, saw 7 hectares (17 acres) of land in Pulang Pisau turned into rice fields. Now the BRG wants to try for 10 square kilometers (4 square miles), and Nazir sees the former MRP area as a good fit.“Rather than leaving it abandoned, it’s better to revive the productivity of these areas,” he said.To avoid a repeat of the Suharto regime’s mistakes, the BRG and the Ministry of Agriculture have mapped areas of shallow peat they see as potentially suitable for farmland. The ministry identified 1,450 square kilometers (600 square miles) in former MRP areas, while the BRG identified 1,250 square kilometers (480 square miles).“We’re currently trying to set up the pilot project with the Ministry of Agriculture on a 1,000-hectare [2,470 acres] lot in Pulang Pisau district,” Nazir said.Previously, the BRG helped villagers in Pulang Pisau develop farmland without the use of fires, starting from a 1-hectare (2.5-acre) lot of peatland. That village now boasts 7 hectares of farmland developed on peat soil without any fires being set.“We’ve done that on a small scale, now we want to try with 1,000 hectares of peat,” Nazir said. Banner image: A canal near Palangkaraya. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay. Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Peatlands, Plantations, Rice Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

It’s time to strengthen the macroecology–conservation practice interface (commentary)

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 Big Data, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Commentary, Conservation, Ecosystems, Editorials, Environment, Land Use Change, Research, Researcher Perspective Series Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Imagine being able to know how many individual organisms occur at any given time across areas as large as whole continents or even the entire globe. Though satellites may one day enable us to obtain this information directly, a sub-discipline of ecology — macroecology — currently represents the main tool to generate those estimates.With biodiversity under increasing pressure from human activities, macroecology can contribute greatly to the scientific evidence base for national and international decisions aimed at conserving biodiversity and ensuring a safe future for our planet.Yet, examples of macroecological research directly supporting conservation decisions remain rare. Why does a sizeable macroecology-conservation practice gap persist?This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Imagine being able to know how many individual organisms occur at any given time across areas as large as whole continents or even the entire globe. Though satellites may one day enable us to obtain this information directly, a sub-discipline of ecology — macroecology — currently represents the main tool to generate those estimates.Macroecology attempts to identify patterns that might be universal across ecosystems in order to explain and predict the abundance, distribution, and diversity of organisms at large spatial scales in the past, present, or future. For instance, macroecological models have been used to estimate that around 305,000 arthropod species inhabit Amazonia, that 5 percent of all extant mammal species remain undescribed, and that Earth is home to approximately 8.7 million eukaryotic species and as many as 1 trillion microbial species.With biodiversity under increasing pressure from human activities, macroecology can contribute greatly to the scientific evidence base for national and international decisions aimed at conserving biodiversity and ensuring a safe future for our planet.First, its large-scale “macro” focus makes macroecology the tool of choice for regional, national, or global biodiversity assessments — much like macro-economics is the tool to study the behavior of regional, national, or global economies. Second, its emphasis on generating predictions over both space and time makes macroecology an ideal tool to forecast the future of biodiversity under environmental change. Finally, its embrace of “big data” approaches to generate large-scale predictions make macroecology an ideal tool for stimulating the uptake of cutting-edge data analysis and visualization methods in conservation.Combined, these three features make macroecology a unique and timely tool with the potential to provide key contributions to conservation practice and policy, such as detecting biodiversity trends, forecasting responses to climate and land use change, and identifying priority regions for conservation.Yet, examples of macroecological research directly supporting conservation decisions remain rare. This is not due to a lack of motivation on both parts. On one hand, conservation practitioners and policy makers welcome robust scientific evidence to back their decisions and, increasingly, require evidence across large spatial and temporal scales (i.e. over the last/next 50-100 years). On the other hand, macroecological research is increasingly inspired by conservation applications, with many macroecologists aspiring for their research to be implemented in practice. So why does a sizeable macroecology-conservation practice gap persist?For one thing, large-scale predictions of complex ecosystems do not come without significant uncertainty. Moreover, generating such predictions often requires quantitatively complex methods, which can be challenging to understand. Together, these attributes might lead to skepticism about the use of macroecological research in support of important conservation decisions.In a recent paper, I argue that these perceived issues can be overcome by careful repackaging of macroecological research findings for conservation decision makers. Uncertainty and complexity are not issues in themselves — decisions can and frequently do happen under considerable uncertainty and without a full understanding of all processes underlying the available information. For instance, complex and uncertain algorithm predictions support important decisions across sectors as diverse as health care, transportation, food supply, and criminal justice. Therefore, there is no reason why, at least in principle, conservation decisions could not also benefit from similar methods.Indeed, macroecological model predictions can at least provide first approximations of expected outcomes, pinpoint instances where more information will be required, and draw attention to particular areas or species. The key is to be transparent about prediction uncertainty and to highlight situations where uncertainty may be more or less relevant to given decisions. Ultimately, this will require macroecologists to adopt clear and concise research documentation standards explicitly aimed at conservation practitioners. Such documentation standards will also help practitioners grasp the complexity of the methods, by developing expectations of which information about the approach can readily be found and where.However, there are bigger challenges to the implementation of macroecological research into conservation practice. Documentation standards can improve the uptake of macroecological research only if the research is both accessible and relevant to practitioners. Unfortunately, the absence of a two-way flow of knowledge between macroecologists and conservation decision makers means that much conservation-inspired macroecological research falls short of being useful in practice, while research topics useful in practice remain unexplored.Facilitating a two-way flow of knowledge between macroecologists and conservation decision makers will necessitate the creation of boundary-spanning organizations and individual positions at the macroecology-conservation interface. Boundary-spanning organizations could include dedicated think tanks, special interest groups, research projects, institutes, and even informal meetings among as few as two individuals. Boundary-spanning individual positions could include knowledge brokers, who combine PhD-level macroecological expertise with experience in a relevant regulatory setting and whose roles include synthesizing and translating scientific evidence, analyzing and evaluating policy, and working with stakeholders directly. Funding for these boundary-spanning activities could be shared among existing government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and/or environmental consultancies.Planning the road ahead for biodiversity conservation and human well-being will require gathering all relevant information to make the best informed decisions. As macroecology approaches its 30th anniversary, it is now time to recognize its potentially key role in conservation and significantly develop the macroecology–conservation practice interface.Wildebeests photographed after having crossed the river Mara from Serengeti to the Mara during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Macroecology is the study of relationships between organisms and their environment at large spatial scales. Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.CITATIONS• Fisher, M. A., Vinson, J. E., Gittleman, J. L., & Drake, J. M. (2018). The description and number of undiscovered mammal species. Ecology and evolution, 8(7), 3628-3635. doi:10.1002/ece3.3724• Harte, J., & Kitzes, J. (2015). Inferring regional-scale species diversity from small-plot censuses. PloS one, 10(2), e0117527. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117527• Hoskins, A. J., Harwood, T. D., Ware, C., Williams, K. J., Perry, J. J., Ota, N., … & Purvis, A. (2018). Supporting global biodiversity assessment through high-resolution macroecological modelling: Methodological underpinnings of the BILBI framework. bioRxiv, 309377. doi:10.1101/309377• Jetz, W., Wilcove, D. S., & Dobson, A. P. (2007). Projected impacts of climate and land-use change on the global diversity of birds. PLoS biology, 5(6), e157. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050157• Locey, K. J., & Lennon, J. T. (2016). Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(21), 5970-5975. doi:10.1073/pnas.1521291113• Mokany, K., Westcott, D. A., Prasad, S., Ford, A. J., & Metcalfe, D. J. (2014). Identifying priority areas for conservation and management in diverse tropical forests. PLoS One, 9(2), e89084. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089084• Mora, C., Tittensor, D. P., Adl, S., Simpson, A. G., & Worm, B. (2011). How many species are there on Earth and in the ocean?. PLoS biology, 9(8), e1001127. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127• Rapacciuolo, G. (2018) Strengthening the contribution of macroecological models to conservation practice. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Online Early. doi: 10.1111/geb.12848• Tallis, H. M., Hawthorne, P. L., Polasky, S., Reid, J., Beck, M. W., Brauman, K., … & Clark, A. An attainable global vision for conservation and human well‐being. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1002/fee.1965Giovanni Rapacciuolo is a biodiversity data scientist and macroecologist. His work at the macroecology–conservation practice interface takes advantage of emerging approaches for analyzing and visualizing big datasets to improve our predictive understanding of large-scale biodiversity change and support conservation decisions. Giovanni is currently a Research Scientist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Find out more about Giovanni at giorapacciuolo.com.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.last_img read more

Teng rues AMA’s missed semis bid

first_imgPBA IMAGESJeron Teng rued AMA Online Education’s missed chance to advance to the semifinals in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.The Titans fell to Tanduay in the quarterfinals, 80-76, with the former La Salle star was caged to his lowest output of the tournament with only six points on a paltry 1-of-15 shooting, to go with six rebounds, six assists and five turnovers in foul-plagued performance.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Chris Newsome’s Lebron Soldier 9 ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “It’s really unfortunate. We had losses which were close games. We had opportunities, but we weren’t able to get those,” he said.READ: PBA D-League: AMA elated with ‘all-around’ Teng“Again, our losses were close ones. We also beat the number one team in Cignal, so it just shows that this team has a lot of potential,” he said.Teng, however, remained non-committal on his future, saying that he’s looking forward to returning in the Foundation Cup but he’s still unsure which team he will suit up for.“I’ll definitely return because I have to play in the second conference. But I don’t know yet which team,” he said. “As of now, I’m just trying to focus on my thesis. I’m gonna focus first on school, so let’s see what happens in the second conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 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 ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Teng didn’t deny his struggles, giving the Rhum Masters credit for shutting him down in the all-important tilt.READ: D-League: Cafe France books semis ticket, holds off JRUFEATURED 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“All throughout the game, even from the start, they were doubling me. I had a hard time moving because they had lots of guys guarding me and instantly double-teams me. I had no option but to give up the ball and had a hard time create for myself. I wasn’t given a chance to make things work,” he said.But it was nonetheless a satisfying maiden foray in the PBA D-League for Teng, who averaged 25.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for the fifth-seed AMA this conference, and he believes that the team have showed that it can hang on with the league’s contenders. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30,000 for refs rant

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “We told him right away, you’re not going to have to pay that,” the San Antonio Express-News reported.At practice on Wednesday, Conley told reporters that he had sent Fizdale a text hours after the game thanking him.“He didn’t have to do anything,” Conley said. “Obviously there’s a lot of emotions this time of year and he took it head on.“We’re all quiet,” he said of the Grizzlies to other perceived slights by the officials. “We don’t normally say anything about anything. I think coach finally got fed up.”Fizdale, speaking Wednesday, said he knew he’d be fined but thought he owed it to his players to speak up.“Players in general and coaches pull this card a lot,” Fizdale said. “I’m not sitting here acting like I’m any more original than any other coach.“But you’re fighting for your team and you’re fighting for your life in the playoffs, and you just don’t have room to let things go into the next year.“The series can be over, so you’re always going to fight for your guys,” he said. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outcenter_img Shaq O’Neal’s son Shareef commits to University of Arizona Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, left, guard Mike Conley (11), and forward Zach Randolph, right, talk on the court during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis coach David Fizdale, whose “take that” rant on the officiating in the Grizzlies’ Monday playoff loss at San Antonio went viral, was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday.Fizdale excoriated officials after the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the Spurs, which left them 0-2 down in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Fizdale called the officiating “unprofessional” and “unacceptable.”READ: Memphis coach blasts ‘unprofessional’ officiatingFEATURED 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 returnNBA rules prohibit public criticism of game officials.“It’s unfortunate that I’ve got a guy like (point guard) Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves,” Fizdale fumed on Monday. He complained about the discrepancy in fouls called against the Grizzlies and Spurs players.“First half, we shot 19 shots in the paint, and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws,” he noted.READ: NBA: Leonard stars anew as Spurs take 2-0 lead vs Grizzlies“I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up,” said Fizdale, who capped his rant by banging the table and adding “Take that for data!”If Conley has his way, Fizdale won’t be any the poorer for his outburst.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgRomario seeks Nuzman probe RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organising committee of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for questioning earlier this month by Brazilian and French authorities in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land the Olympics for Brazil. He has denied any wrongdoing. Romario’s office told The Associated Press yesterday that the former Barcelona star wants to confirm a “preliminary committee of inquiry” by the end of the week. Two years ago, Romario called the head of the Brazilian football confederation – Marco Polo del Nero – before a similar panel looking into corruption in the game in Brazil. He has called Del Nero a “cancer” on the game, although Del Nero continues to head the CBF. New England Revolution fire coach Heaps FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP): The New England Revolution have fired coach Jay Heaps, who had been with the team as a player or coach for 15 seasons. The team announced the move yesterday. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take over for the rest of the season. The Revolution had been within a point of playoff position before losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 10-1. Under Heaps, the Revolution made the playoffs three times and reached the MLS Cup in 2014. In all, he had a 75-81-43 regular-season record and was 4-3-1 in the playoffs. Before coaching, Heaps was a defender who appeared in 243 games for the Revolution and won four Eastern Conference championships from 2001-09. He was part of the team that reached the US Open Cup Final three times, including a 2007 victory Genoa teenager a star in Serie A ROME (AP): The 16-year-old sensation of Serie A wouldn’t mind taking advantage of his sudden stardom among classmates. The problem is, he’s being homeschooled. “I can’t even be the cool guy at school,” Pietro Pellegri lamented after scoring twice for Genoa in a 3-2 loss to Lazio on Sunday that made him the youngest player in Italian league history to record a brace. At 16 years, 112 days, Pellegri easily beat previous record-holder Silvio Piola, who was 17 years, 104 days in 1931 when he set the mark. Piola went on to numerous records and with 274 goals still tops the all-time career list in Serie A.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Time to play ball

first_imgWhen the World Cup kicks off in less than two weeks, a painful truth will land home once again. Jamaica won’t be there, and the implication is that we can’t play football well enough to be there. It will hit like a ton of bricks. Twenty years ago, through a combination of inspired coaching, committed play, unprecedented funding, a timely infusion of professionalism from Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson and Deon Burton and a slight opening in the qualifying requirements, the Reggae Boyz were standing side by side with the globe’s elite teams in France. It was brilliant. To top everything off, the Boyz didn’t just make up numbers – they scored goals and won a game, 2-1 over Japan. That was 20 years and five World Cups ago. It’s beginning to look like a stroke of luck. In this context, the recent football town hall meeting is a step forward. Curse the media all you want, but there are times when it is the only entity that can pull stakeholders together. That seems to be something football dearly needs. If Jamaica is to ever qualify for the World Cup again, all the stakeholders need to play to the tune of a coordinated plan. The next step will be for those who attended the town hall meeting to peel off into working groups whose duty is to come back with reports and proposals to advance the state of the game in Jamaica. The elements of success aren’t a mystery. Better playing fields are a basic requirement, allied to better coaching at lower age groups to facilitate the development of sound technique. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) think tank absolutely must recommend a playing style that suits the Jamaican footballer, and that must guide national coaches at every level. My own uneducated recommendations on this matter of playing style are a matter of record. It’s time to fall out of love with tiki-taka in its pure Barcelona form and time to play speed-based counter-attacking football on a base of solid defence. After all, speed is what we have. This speed-based approach helped Jamaica qualify for men’s and women’s hockey at this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games. It’s worth a try in football. The experts in this new dialogue can take that ball and run with it. Hopefully, with everyone in the Reggae Boyz bus together now, Jamaica can put its foot on the accelerator and build a slate of teams that can hold their own in world football. Delay is disaster. When the World Cup begins, that elemental truth – that we aren’t world class in football – will again hit home. Thankfully, there’s a silver lining. Together we can make our football improve. – Hubert Lawrence correctly picked Germany to win the World Cup in The Sunday Gleaner of July 13, 2014.last_img read more

Empty clip – Jamaican shooters want more ammo for training

first_imgDavid McMorris, Jamaica Open Division competitor at the Pan American Handgun Championships, currently being staged in the island, says the law restricting local competitors to 200 rounds per day puts them at a disadvantage against other nations, who have access to unlimited rounds when they compete in major tournaments. McMorris believes competitive shooters should be allowed 500 rounds per day, and is calling on the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) to assist. “We came into this (Pan Am) tournament at a big disadvantage because we weren’t able to practise as much as we wanted to because of limited rounds. Two hundred rounds per day cannot prepare us for a tournament of this calibre, while other shooters (nations) have access to unlimited rounds. “Shooting is a perishable skill. If you don’t use it, you lose it. We need to practise. If we could get 500 rounds per day to practise, especially when we have big tournaments, it would be a plus, as it would give us a sharper edge,” he told The Gleaner on day two of the championship at Woodleigh. Although members have lodged complaints, it has so far not had any positive results. “They (JRA) say they are going to try, so we are hoping it gets better, but it needs to be addressed fast. Jamaica has a very good team and every year, we do about six matches in the States and we need to be competitive. “Those guys in the States, shooting 1,000 rounds a day is nothing. So we need to adjust the limitations, especially for competitive shooters,” he argued. DOING MUCH WITH LITTLE JRA President Andrew Gardner said it’s amazing how Jamaicans perform at such high standards despite limited resources. However, he says they have always and will continue to advocate for more rounds to be available for competitive shooters. “We have to be respectful and mindful of the laws. The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) regulates that, and we work with them and in adherence to the rules they put down. “However, we advocated for our athletes as we believe giving them the time they need behind the equipment they use will produce better athletes. So anything that we can do by working with the authorities to provide more practice, we will,” he said. “It’s a legitimate sport, with legitimate athletes who have to practise, who have to be mentally prepared. You don’t want to go into a tournament with the world’s best thinking you are underprepared or at a disadvantage. So we will advocate to the Ministry of National Security and to the Firearm Licensing Authority to try and make that happen.” He noted that at the Pan American Championship, a level-four event which is one level below a world shoot event, Jamaicans are leading the way. “It’s just amazing what Jamaicans can do with limited resources. But we (JRA) are working hard to make things easier for our athletes to get the practice they deserve to excel,” added.last_img read more

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