Barcelona matches 20-goal scoring record in Champions League

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Barcelona’s Arda Turan, center, scores his side’s 4th goal with a personal hat trick during the Champions League, Group C, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach, 4-0, to match the 20-goal scoring record in the group stage of the Champions League, but Lionel Messi fell short of equaling Cristiano Ronaldo’s 11-goal mark in the first phase of the tournament.Messi’s 10th goal and Arda Turan’s hat trick helped Barcelona reach the 20 goals in this season’s group stage, a feat achieved only three other times in the past, including by the Catalan club in 2011-12.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Djokovic confirms split with Becker As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View commentscenter_img Senators to proceed with review of VFA Real Madrid did it in 2013-14 and Manchester United in 1998-99. Borussia Dortmund needs one goal in its game against Madrid on Wednesday in Spain to match the record.All Group C positions had already been decided ahead of Tuesday’s final round. Barcelona finished with 15 points, six more than Manchester City, which drew 1-1 with Celtic in England. Moenchengladbach ended third with five points, two more than winless Celtic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“The team played well the entire match,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “The players were quick and precise. I congratulate them.”Messi scored in the 16th minute at Camp Nou after a one-two with Turan inside the Moenchengladbach area. The Argentine slid behind the defenders and fired home a low left-foot shot after receiving Turan’s return pass. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Luis Enrique also rested striker Luis Suarez, giving a chance to recently signed forward Paco Alcacer, who has been criticized by Barcelona fans for his lackluster performances.Ronaldo scored 11 goals last year became the first player to reach double figures in the six games of the group stage. Messi played in only five matches for Barcelona this season, but he twice scored hat tricks — in the home games against Celtic and Manchester City. He also netted once against City in Manchester and twice against Celtic in Glasgow.Ronaldo on Wednesday will try to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. He is two short of the milestone heading into the game against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Messi now has 93 goals overall in the Champions League, two less than Ronaldo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi had a great chance to match Ronaldo’s record in the 73rd, but his close-range header was brilliantly saved on the line by goalkeeper Yann Sommer.Turan scored in the 50th, 53rd and 67th minutes to help the Catalan club end a three-game winless streak. It conceded a 90th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 home draw against Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Saturday.According to UEFA’s statistics, Barcelona made a whopping 1,022 passing attempts on Tuesday, completing 939 of them.“Barcelona were very Barcelona-esque,” Moenchengladbach coach Andre Schubert said. “We had too much respect for them and didn’t play with enough courage.”Barcelona was without forward Neymar and midfielder Ivan Rakitic because of suspensions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

WATCH: Cavs do ‘water bottle flip challenge’ during blowout game

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young NBA: Resurgent Cavs crush KnicksLeading by 29 points in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, the Cavs’ starting unit was already resting on the bench and decided to kill time by playing the water bottle flip challenge, while there was live action happening on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe “challenge,” which has been a hit on social media, dares participants to flip a partially filled bottle in the air and successfully land it upright.With the game already decided, Kyrie Irving and Lebron James were filmed doing the viral trick, but both were unsuccessful. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Howard shines as Hawks halt skid View comments The New York Knicks did not offer much resistance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) which resulted in a lopsided 126-94 victory for the visiting team.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA After a few attempts, the All-star point guard finally nailed the landing.  Khristian Ibarrolacenter_img Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 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 MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Thompson on his 17 rebounds: I just want to help the team

first_imgWe are young Thompson has been doing it so effortlessly that even he doesn’t realize his achievements.“I didn’t even notice it. I just wanted us to have second possession because I felt we’ll have an advantage if we got those rebounds,” he said, not shying away from gambling for those 50-50 balls just to give the Gin Kings more chances at the basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWhile Thompson is not aware of his feat, his coach Tim Cone is.Cone said that what Thompson is doing is exactly what he wants to see in Ginebra day in and day out: gritty and all-out. View comments “Scottie got to the boards a lot, gave us some extra possessions as he usually does,” he said. “We played a game that was more in character for us and it was a defensive battle, and a grind it out type of game. I think fans like to see the high character of our players, and I think that showed through there.”It’s not the first time Thompson has dominated the boards.Back in his collegiate days with Perpetual, his rebounding has been one of his strongest assets en route to racking up several triple-doubles. And when he got to the PBA, it’s no different.He’s is Ginebra’s top rebounder this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, ranking fourth with 10.0 boards per game, just behind taller counterparts June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine, and Sean Anthony of NLEX.But as always, Thompson shruged off the praises, saying he’s simply doing whatever it takes to help the team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cone admits still tough for him to coach against ex-team Star Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFAcenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “I’m just doing my best. It just so happened the rebounds fell into my lap,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Scottie Thompson may stand at just 6-foot-1, but he might as well be listed as a 7-footer.The sophomore continued to enamor the Ginebra faithful, this time hauling down an eye-popping 17 boards to lead his side in rebounding in the Kings’ 86-79 thumping of Star on Sunday at Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 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 FUNDlast_img read more

Latam Eco Review: Hungry manatees and grand theft tortoise

first_imgArticle published by Maria Salazar Animals, Conservation, Environment, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Illegal Trade, Infrastructure, Logging, Mining, Rainforests, satellite data, Turtles, Wildlife, Wildlife Trafficking, Zoos 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 The recent top stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, concerned hungry manatees in Venezuelan zoos; giant tortoises stolen from the Galápagos Islands; and a ban on free, prior and informed consent in Colombian extractive projects.Venezuelan zoos struggle to feed their animalsVenezuela’s ongoing economic crisis is affecting the ability of researchers and zoo staff to conserve vulnerable species, such as the American manatee (Trichechus manatus), the Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) and the Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius). Efforts continue despite the lack of food and resources, and growing insecurity.A manatee at Bararida Zoo in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Image by Carlos Silva.Colombian court blocks FPICColombia’s environmental sector is reeling from a court ruling against free, prior and informed consent and a political proposal to drop the precautionary principle in consideration of large extractive and infrastructure projects. The Constitutional Court ruled against community consultation on extractive projects on their lands. The surprise decision directly affects consultations in two communities on mining on their land in the central department of Cundimarca.Coal mining is one of the activities for which operators will no longer be required to seek free, prior and informed consent from affected communities. Image by Daniel Reina Romero/Semana Sostenible.Chinese oil companies invade Bolivia’s Amazon parksChinese energy companies are operating with impunity in national parks in the Bolivian Amazon, according to indigenous leaders and NGO investigators. The most ambitious project covers 1008 square kilometers (389 square miles) between Madidi National Park, Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve, and the communal lands of the Tacana indigenous people. Ten ongoing Chinese oil projects are worth the equivalent of 26 percent of the country’s budget.BGP Bolivia workers at a project site in the Bolivian Amazon. Image by Bolivia Energy.Stolen Galápagos tortoises likely destined for AsiaAn Asian trafficking network was the most likely mastermind behind the robbery of 123 giant tortoises from a nursery in Galápagos National Park, according to the park’s director. While an investigation is still underway, the director says the tortoises are likely headed for black markets in Asia — as has happened with other species smuggled from countries like Australia and New Zealand.A Galápagos giant tortoise. Image courtesy of Galapagos National Park.Satellite images track logging routes in Peru’s AmazonSatellite images of Peru’s Amazon can trace the route of logs from the rainforest to river ports. Images from the Ucayali, Loreto and Madre de Dios regions of both legal and illegal timber operations were released by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project.An illegal logging camp in a unauthorized area. Image courtesy of DigitalGlobe/MAAP.Lithium mining threatens Chile’s fragile salt flatsThe renewal of a Chilean company’s contract to mine lithium from the Atacama salt flats has alarmed researchers, who have documented degradation in this fragile ecosystem. Spanning more than 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles), the world’s second-largest salt flats hold half of Earth’s lithium reserves. They are also the primary habitat of aquatic birds such as the Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus), James’s flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi) and Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis).Atacama salt flats. Image by the Atacaman People’s Council.Read these stories in their entirety in Spanish at Mongabay Latam.Banner image of an Orinoco crocodile hatching by Fudeci.last_img read more

A fishy translocation highlights dangers of ‘taxonomic inflation’

first_imgAquarium Fish, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Fish, Research, Taxonomy Article published by dilrukshi 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 New research has uncovered how undocumented translocations of endemic fish species in Sri Lanka resulted in scientists mistakenly describing what they believed to be a new species of “fire rasboras,” a fish popular in the aquarium trade.A population of the Rasboroides fishes, translocated in 2003 to a habitat where it had previously never been recorded as occurring, formed the basis for an erroneous finding in 2013.The new study that corrects this mistake calls for strict adherence to IUCN guidelines on translocation of species and the prohibition of intentional release or introduction of species without legal sanction.It also highlights the potential for misdirection of scientific research and conservation initiatives that can arise from declaring new species that aren’t, a practice known as taxonomic inflation. A tiny fish described in 2013 from a stream in Sri Lanka was apparently a known species that had been moved there years earlier, according to a study that underscores the importance of due diligence when it comes to the translocation of species.A taxonomic review that year of the freshwater fish genus Rasboroides, from the Cyprinidae family, recognized three of the already established species in the genus: Rasboroides vaterifloris, R. nigromarginatus and R. pallidus. It also described a new species, R. rohani, from a localized population in the Walawe River Basin in southern Sri Lanka.In 2018, a team of researchers led by Hiranya Sudasinghe, a molecular biologist at Sri Lanka’s University of Peradeniya, carried out a taxonomic assessment of the country’s cyprinids, and began asking questions about R. rohani.“We tested by using genetics, morphology, morphometrics and statistical analysis and concluded that R. rohani was not distinct,” Sudasinghe said, adding: “If new, it should have been distinct from other species, and molecular evidence did not establish such distinction.”A phylogram, a haplotype networks for two genes and their distribution – https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6084In their findings, published in December 2018, Sudasinghe and colleagues Jayampathi Herath, Rohan Pethiyagoda and Madhava Meegaskumbura revealed that there had been two undocumented translocations of Rasboroides, one of them into the Walawe Basin, and that the species described as new in 2013 was in fact the already known R. Pallidus.The translocation in question took place in 2003 near a monastery in the Suriyakanda area of Ratnapura district.In June 2018, a conservationist, on condition of anonymity, told Sudasinghe and Pethiyagoda that he had in 2003 moved, in apparent good faith, several specimens each of Rasboroides (evidently R. pallidus), Devario pathirana, Puntius titteya, Pethia igroasciata and Malpulutta kretseri to the stream at Suriyakanda.It was this population of Rasboiroides that was subsequently recoded 10 years later in the taxonomic review that declared the news species R. rohani.The genus Rabsboroides had not previously been recorded from the Walawe Basin, according to studies dating back to 1958. Besides, this only known population of R. rohani occurred at an elevation of 980 meters (3,200 feet) above sea level, substantially higher than all other natural populations of Rasboroides.The distribution of R. vaterifloris (circles) and R. pallidus (squares) in Sri Lanka. The translocated populations R. pallidus (red) and natural wild populations of R. pallidus (green) – https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6084This should have indicated that R. rohani might represent an undocumented translocation, but the 2013 study distinguished it from the other known species of Rasboroides based on what the researchers termed “morphological characters,” or physical differences.“In describing ‘R. rohani’ as a distinct species, the 2013 group appear to have been misled by apparently collecting only the largest specimens for their sample while neglecting to account for allometric growth,” Sudasinghe and colleagues write in their paper. “The genus designated as ‘R. rohani’ by the 2013 authors cannot be identified in the collection of the National Museum of Sri Lanka, in which it was stated as being deposited.”Sudasinghe’s team also recorded a second previously undocumented translocation of R. vaterifloris into the Mahaweli River, nearly 40 years ago. The research stated that a shared haplotype suggested the latter’s introduction was possibly made from the Bentara River Basin and not from the Kelani, as claimed.The researchers behind the 2013 study also omitted to examine another population of Rasboroides in the vicinity of Ginigathhena in the Mahaweli Basin, from which the genus was absent until introduced in 1981.“Although of uncertain provenance, this population is now well established and occurs across a range of some 5 km [3 miles],” the recent paper says. “We show that this too, is the result of a translocation of R. pallidus and also show that R. nigromarginatus, considered to be a valid species by the 2013 researchers, is in fact, a synonym of R. vaterifloris.”The most common coloration of Rasboroides pallidus. The Suriyakanda population described as a new species, R. rohani is shown as a translocated population of R. pallidus. Image by Hiranya Sudasinghe‘Fire rasboras’Rasboroides, endemic to Sri Lanka, are popularly known as “fire rasboras” for their attractive colors. Combined with their gentle disposition and diminutive size (averaging 35 millimeters, or 1.4 inches), this makes them a popular species in the aquarium trade.As an endemic, freshwater-fish genus restricted largely to streams fed by Sri Lanka’s dwindling rainforests, Rasboroides attract considerable conservation attention. The National Red List treats R. nigromarginatus as critically endangered and R. vaterifloris as endangered.But mistaken “discoveries,” even those committed in good faith, can trigger unnecessary conservation efforts, in addition to misdirecting scientific research. The 2018 study highlights the wasteful diversion of conservation resources to populations resulting from undocumented translocations and to taxa resulting from taxonomic inflation.“If the study was not carry out, ‘R. rohani,’ by being a species with a highly restricted range, would almost certainly have been assessed as critically endangered and attracted substantial conservation attention,” Sudasinghe said. “Actually, they now warrant less conservation concern, especially given their successful translocation to two river basins (Mahaweli and Walawe) in which they did not previously occur.”Hiranya Sudasinghe, who led the study, carrying out fieldwork in the rainforests of Sri Lanka. Image by R.H. Tharindu Ranasinghe.The 2013 study indeed urged better conservation efforts for the purported new species, but Sudasinghe’s team now hopes that in the light what they have uncovered, a fresh assessment of these fishes will be carried out.They also note that while translocation is recognized as a valid intervention in the conservation of freshwater fishes threatened  in their natural habitat, the translocation of freshwater organisms, especially if poorly planned or involving the transfer of species between basins, risks confronting the host community with threats including competition for resources, predation and the unintentional transfer of pathogens, parasites and  non-target species.The team concluded that the case of R. rohani illustrated a double waste of scientific effort: first in 2013, to describe the translocated species as new, and then in 2018, to determine the contrary.Rohan Pethiyagoda, a former deputy chairman of the IUCN Species Revival Commission and a leading taxonomist on freshwater fishes in Sri Lanka, told Mongabay that translocations should not be carried out unless there was a conservation emergency, and even when doing so, such activity should be supported by accurate documentation.According to the IUCN’s criteria for species translocation, such a move should be treated as a last resort, as translocations can result in attacks by native species and hybridization.The recent study recommends that any future attempt to introduce species to new habitats must be guided by the IUCN, and that any intentional release of species without legal sanction must be prohibited in Sri Lanka.“Translocations are not a natural process but triggered by human intervention,” Sudasinghe said. “One ecosystem is different to another, and translocations should always be preceded by  scientific study.”Citation Sudasinghe H, Herath J, Pethiyagoda R, Meegaskumbura M. 2018. Undocumented translocations spawn taxonomic inflation in Sri Lankan fire rasboras (Actinopterygii, cyprinidae). PeerJ 6. e6o84 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6084Banner image: The natural habitat of Rasboroides, an endemic genus confined to rainforests streams and rivers in Sri Lanka. Image by Hiranya Sudasinghelast_img read more

Pingris proud of Star’s effort in Game 7 defeat

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Zeroes and Heroes: Ginebra-Star semis series 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Star’s Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar forward Marc Pingris had nothing to be ashamed of despite the Hotshots losing Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Tuesday night.Star dropped an 89-76 decision to Ginebra, but Pingris kept his head high.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I just told him I’m so proud of him and I miss him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They (Ginebra) were really the more aggressive team. Our defense was non-existent this game,” Pingris said.Still, Pingris believes it’s only a matter of time before the Hotshots regain their lost glory.“Coach told us this team will go a long way. We’ll just have to grow more as a team.”The last time Purefoods was on top of the PBA mountain was back in 2014 where the franchise won four straight championships under Tim Cone, who is now with Ginebra.Pingris and Cone shared a total of five titles together and a tight hug before the final buzzer sounded in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing “I’m proud, really proud of the team and really proud of my teammates,” Pingris said in Filipino. “I also want to thank coach (Chito Victolero) for doing his best.”Pingris has been Star’s most consistent player in the semis and in Game 7, he also helped Star come back from 15 points down after posting 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.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 returnWith Pingris anchoring the team in the second half, Star pulled to within three, 68-65, with still 10 minutes left.The only problem for Star was it shot itself in the foot after coming off a slow start. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Alvarez to Tanduay, Sedurifa to Cafe France as D-League teams retool

first_img‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Cafe France Bakers. PBA IMAGESLeaving no stones unturned on the eve of the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup playoffs, three teams made tinkered with their rosters and beat the 12 p.m. deadline on Wednesday in hopes of improving their chances in the quarterfinals.Seeking some aid on the point, Tanduay snatched Lester Alvarez from the free agent pool, activating him in lieu of shooter Jaycee Asuncion.ADVERTISEMENT AMA Online Education also picked Von Tambeling, who was earlier released by also-ran Wangs Basketball.The swingman averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for the Couriers this conference.Tambeling’s entry to the Titans is expected to be a welcome addition, especially after the departure of Juami Tiongson, who was signed up by NLEX in the PBA.Also joining him in AMA is Santo Tomas forward Mario Bonleon, who was activated for Chris Baluyot.The 2017 PBA D-League quarterfinals begin on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, where Cafe France takes on Jose Rizal University at 3 p.m. while Tanduay and AMA clash at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Alvarez, who last played with Star in the PBA before plying his trade in Thailand, returns to the country and is expected to help Mark Cruz for the playmaking duties for the Rhum Masters.Joseph Sedurifa has also secured his release from Batangas as he returns to his old team Cafe France.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 returnThe sniper, who has averaged 16.7 points, reunites with coach Egay Macaraya and gives the Bakers another threat from the outside.Cafe France also signed up Jan Anunciacion in lieu of Joseph Celso and Justine Mercado. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Curry scores 29 on his 29th birthday, Warriors win View commentslast_img read more

Morado: Anyone would want to represent the country

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo setter Jia Morado on Wednesday said any athlete would always want to be part of the national team.“Of course anyone would want to represent the country and help the country,” said Morado at Filoil Flying V Centre after she helped Ateneo over University of Santo Tomas 24-10, 26-24, 28-26, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 UFC president won’t stop McGregor-Mayweather from happening ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home And Morado, who wore the Philippine tricolor in the AVC U23 tournament and Southeast Asian Games, just might get her wish to represent the country in international tournaments once more.READ: Valdez, Santiago lead PH volleyball nat’l team poolFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas on Thursday issued a formal apology for failing to extend invitations to Ateneo for the tryouts and invited Morado and teammates Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino to participate in a special audition.LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said they would arrange a special tryout for the three Lady Eagles, and also three-time UAAP MVP Marck Espejo, so that they may be included into the pool. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: LVPI ‘sorry’ for not inviting Ateneo players, sets special tryoutsThe LVPI bore the brunt of a public backlash after Morado, who has been tearing it up in the UAAP this season, was excluded from the list.Morado, though, expressed her support for the national team pool even before the LVPI’s announcement that the Ateneo players would be given a special tryout.“They know what’s best for the team they want to form and I respect their decision,” said Morado. “I’m sure everyone in the pool is deserving, and anyone you put in the team will have the same goal as I and that is to play for the country and represent the country.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

Veterans showing the way for Tanduay

first_imgTaal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Fast forward to the present and with Gaco and fellow ex-pro Mark Cruz leading the way, Tanduay has now won its last five games, with its latest conquest a 66-55 victory over Cignal in their semifinals duel. That win halted the Hawkeyes’ eight-game winning streak and moved the Rhum Masters a win away from returning to the Finals.But despite the five-game winning run, Chongson reiterated that it was not the path he initially dreamed of.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“I had to find a way,” he said. “It’s not that I wanted to bank on them, but it’s the stick that I drew. And so far, it’s working.”Whether Chongson likes it or not, the veterans are carrying the Tile Masters deep into the post season and these ex-pros have been more than willing to help this unproven Rhum Masters crew. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot “Somehow, our experience have helped the players. The collegiate players are listening to us. They gain confidence from us and they bring it to the games, especially when it comes to defense,” he said in Filipino.Mark Cruz evades the defense of Radge Tongco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCruz, meanwhile, attributes a lot of the culture change to Gaco’s entry, saying that the veteran forward’s relentlessness even in practice has helped in turning the page for Tanduay.“Jerwin’s leadership is infectious. He goes hard every time and every one is now hustling whenever they’re on the court,” the diminutive guard said.However, both Gaco and Cruz know that it’s still early to sing praises for the squad despite having one foot in the door in its Finals bid.“I don’t want to make predictions,” the fan-favorite Gaco said. “We have to practice, rest, and reserve energy for Thursday.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Buzzer-beater: Onwubere triple powers Racal five MOST READ “We’re successful in Game 1 because of our collective effort. Hopefully we can do the same in the next game, but we need to be consistent and follow coach Lawrence’s instructions,” said Cruz.Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jerwin Gaco passes the ball to Jaymo Eguilos in the post. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrustrated with how things were going in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, coach Lawrence Chongson desperately looked for answers as he waged his new-look Tanduay team against a field dominated by school-based squads midway in the eliminations.Then, with three games left in their schedule, he stumbled upon the 36-year-old Jerwin Gaco and shockingly, things turned out for the better for the Rhum Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

No stopping San Miguel

first_imgCharles Rhodes skips past Jay Washington. PBA IMAGESFive games into their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign, the San Miguel Beermen remain to be a formidable puzzle far from being solved by anyone.Too good, too strong and too cohesive, the Beermen bamboozled powerhouse Rain or Shine in a Petron Saturday Special schedule, 111-98 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay to remain undefeated and inch closer to a berth in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out La Salle books 9th straight finals berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re just having fun,” Espinas said as he helped deal the Elasto Painters a third defeat in seven outings.Meanwhile, Star snapped a two-game losing streak after churning out a solid fourth quarter to turn back Blackwater, 96-90, in the curtain-raiser.It was the fifth win in seven games for the Hotshots, who went on an alarming tailspin after four straight wins but are now gamely back in the thick of the fight for a slot in the top two.“We needed this win going into the All-Star break,” coach Chito Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT Import Charles Rhodes fired 26 points and led the entire starting unit of San Miguel in finishing in twin digits as the Beermen ripped another formidable enemy going into the All-Star break.“It was not that easy to get win No. 5,” coach Leo Austria said as he tried to deflect the ease with which the Beermen carved out the win. “We just hope to continue [this streak].”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 returnSan Miguel took control right in the first half and then made it an ugly ending for the Elasto Painters in the fourth as Rhodes scored 14 of his total there with Marcio Lassiter hitting a triple with nine-tenths of a seconds left for the final count.Gabby Espinas came off the bench to shoot 15 points and earn Player of the Game honors, standing out as the best role player for the night for Austria. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more