Blacwater Elite picks Mac Belo in the special draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Belo hopes to bring his championship pedigree from the amateur ranks to Blackwater in the PBA.The soft spoken forward from Far Eastern University headed Gilas Pilipinas pool players, who were distributed to all 12 teams to open the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “Ibibigay ko lang yung best ko para manalo kami tsaka may mga veterans din naman sa team tapos may mga young guys sina Art (dela Cruz) so maganda din yung team namin,” Belo said.“Nandoon yung pressure pero ready naman akong i-accept yung challenge. Kung anong iharap sa aking challenge, ready naman ako,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBelo won a UAAP championship in his final year with the Tamaraws before leading the Phoenix Accelerators to a couple of titles in the PBA D-League.As expected, Belo, one of the best young talents in the country today, went to the Elite, who had the first pick after finishing with the worst record the past season. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments Point guard Jiovani Jalalon out of Arellano University was plucked by rebuilding Star, while lengthy forward Kevin Ferrer, a former University of Santo Tomas star, went to 2016 Governors’ Cup champion Barangay Ginebra.Alaska selected banger Carl Bryan Cruz , GlobalPort snagged sniper Von Pessumal, and forward Russel Escoto went to Mahindra.Meralco got Ed Daquioag, NLEX claimed Fonso Gotladera while Fil-Canadian shooter Matthew Wright reunited with coach Ariel Vanguardia in Phoenix.Wright and Vanguardia shared a championship in the Asean Basketball League as part of the KL Dragons.Rain or Shine bolstered its backcourt with the acquisition of slasher Mike Tolomia, San Miguel Beer nabbed former La Salle big man Arnold Van Opstal while TNT rounded out the special draft, nabbing Roger Pogoy./rgaADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA: No draft-day trades Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908
Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon 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 There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsBrazil is on track for near-record-high deforestation in 2019 (The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald) …… While the country’s environmental protection agency is working on an operation to address the trend (Reuters).More than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Nature).The U.S. will once again accept wildlife trophies from Tanzania (All Africa).A lawyer has been recognized for taking on a palm oil company to protect forests in his native Liberia (Living on Earth).Aerosols are collecting over the Brazilian Amazon thanks to urban pollution in Manaus (Scienmag).Rainfall is vitally important to locking away carbon in the soils of temperate rainforests, researchers have found (Physics World).Other newsA scientist found a fossilized school of 259 fish in a dinosaur museum in Japan (The Atlantic).Trump’s rollback of automobile pollution standards could create a “nightmare scenario,” carmakers say (The New York Times).Meeting the Paris climate goals could prevent heat-related deaths in major cities, a study predicts (The New York Times).Climate change could cost large companies $1 trillion over the next five years (The New York Times).Research shows that fear tactics to engender concern for climate change could backfire (Pacific Standard).Scientists aren’t sure why gray whales are dying in alarming numbers off the West Coast of the U.S. (Los Angeles Times).Presidential candidate Joe Biden borrows from the progressive Green New Deal in his plan to address climate change (The Washington Post).Here’s a rundown of where all the current candidates for the Democratic nomination stand on climate change (The Washington Post).The U.K. expanded its “blue belt” of marine protected areas (The Guardian).Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg committed $500 million to halting the production of energy from coal and natural gas (The New York Times).Trees on Canada’s Vancouver Island, cut by illegal loggers, are another casualty of the opioid crisis (The Atlantic).Stable ringed seal populations in Alaska have led to a push to remove the species from protection under the Endangered Species Act in the U.S., but their success may belie an uncertain future in a warmer climate (Hakai Magazine).Targeted hunting of wolves in the U.S. allowed the expansion of another predator: the coyote (The Washington Post).Scientists are using sea sponges and the DNA they filter from the water to catalog the species living in the ocean (The Economist).A new technique finds massive amounts of microplastics deep in the ocean (The Atlantic).Banner image of an African lion by John C. 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