Dooley banking on thorough preparation for must-win game vs Thais

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Banario ‘stronger’ at lightweight, 100% ready for Indian foe Azkals’ head coach Thomas Dooley. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of history with only one match remaining in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippine Azkals are bracing for what could be “the best game ever in our lives.”“Those are the games that we, as players and coaches, are looking for,” said Philippine team head coach Thomas Dooley.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH And Dooley is keeping an optimistic approach going to the crucial tiff on Friday.“Anything can happen. The only thing you can control is you, so you prepare as hard as you should. You need to be 100-percent ready and focused, be at the best you can do you can win. If Thailand has an incredible game and we have a good game, maybe it’s not enough so we have to get more and prepare 100-percent and hope Thailand makes more mistakes,” he said. “For us, I don’t think it will be any more different than the games before. We just have to focus, play 90 minutes, and make less mistakes as possible.”“It will be a good game, an interesting game, and hopefully, it will be good for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img The Azkals will play Thailand on Friday to end the group stages at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, with a win automatically propelling them to the semifinals.“It will be a challenge for us. The goal for us here in the Philippines is to get to the next level and go to the (AFF Suzuki Cup) Finals, and doing that needs us to win tomorrow,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Philippines hasn’t won against Thailand in the history of the biennial meet.Its last conquest over the Thais was back June 12, 1972 when the Filipinos took home a 1-0 victory in a tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Dooley’s wards did come close before, salvaging a scoreless draw in the first leg of the semifinals in the 2014 Suzuki Cup before the War Elephants rebounded with a 3-0 victory en route to the crown.The coach didn’t hide his admiration for Thailand’s football system, sharing that it’s the program the Philippines aspires for.“Thailand is actually a team we look up to, in my opinion, with lots of fans supporting the team and putting pressure to the players so that they can develop,” he said. “The last time we played there was in front of 60,000 fans, and tickets were sold in a couple of hours. They have great youth system, so all the players coming out are already in a position to play high level football.”But as much as he looks up to the War Elephants, all Dooley wants for the Azkals is to secure the three points to advance to the semifinals.“This game could be our last game, but it’s the most important thing for us and we have to win it to get to the next round. It will be a little bit more pressure to the players in the field, but in the last two games, the effort and energy I could see in the team, it’s there and it’s just what you need,” he said.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 View commentslast_img read more

G’port, NLEX win under new coaches

first_imgNLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. PBA IMAGESGlobalPort made a lot of noise  during the off-season wheeling and dealing.  Last night, it made an even louder statement worthy of its buildup right in its debut in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Batang Pier flaunted their potential and manhandled the Mahindra Floodbusters, 97-75, showing vast improvements in play and depth in rotation to post the first blowout in the season-opening conference at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Romeo almost outscored the Floodbusters in the first quarter, 8-9, and jumpstarted the Batang Pier offense that dictated the rout.GlobalPort completed its  buildup by naming Franz Pumaren as head coach after the multititled UAAP champion ended his stint with Adamson in a Final Four loss to La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We’re still groping for form,” Pumaren said. “This is an entirely new team.  There’s still a long way to go for us.”In the nightcap, Yeng Guiao began his career at NLEX with a 99-97 overtime win over Alaska. EDITORS’ PICK We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Romeo finished with 29 points with highly-touted new acquisitions JR Quiñahan and KG Canaleta shooting a combined 19.GlobalPort team manager Erick Arejola thanked Adamson for releasing Pumaren, who reportedly has a contract until 2019 to handle the Falcons.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes ‘Bad Boy’ stakes Philippine title As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View commentslast_img read more

Castro returns as TNT ends Blackwater’s early streak

first_imgBut before everything went smooth sailing, the KaTropa first had to crawl back from an early nine-point deficit, 30-21, against a motivated Elite side.“We didn’t start the way we wanted to. We only adjusted when coach Nash started to get mad at the players, then they started doing the right things,” said assistant coach Josh Reyes, who addressed the media in lieu of new TNT coach Nash Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIt was officially Racela’s first game as the head coach after his duties with Far Eastern U in the UAAP has ended. TNT managed to recoup its old form just in time and pushed the lead to 13, 88-75, in the fourth, staving off numerous comeback attempts from Blackwater. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “These are the things that we need to adjust on. We need to come out everytime with the right things in mind, energy-wise, intensity, and pride-wise,” said Reyes.Mo Tautuaa also had 20 markers and four boards, while Ranidel de Ocampo fired 10 of his 15 points in the fourth, to go with eight rebounds and four assists.Mac Belo topped Blackwater with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Nard Pinto and Kyle Pascual both wound up with 14 in the loss.The Scores:TNT 99 – Tautuaa 20, Castro 20, De Ocampo 15, Fonacier 11, Rosario 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Carey 5, Reyes 5, Williams 4, Pogoy 3, Hernandez 0, Rosales 0, Golla 0.Blackwater 92 -Belo 21, K. Pascual 14, Pinto 14, Dela Cruz 12, Cervantes 10, Miranda 5, Ababou 4, Aguilar 4, Buenafe 4, Sena 4, Banal 0, R. Pascual 0, Forrester 0.Quarters: 21-30, 50-46, 76-67, 99-92.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 PBA IMAGESJayson Castro made a triumphant return as TNT dealt surprise leader Blackwater its first loss, 99-92, Friday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Castro came back from a two-game hiatus and scattered 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists to help KaTropa notch their second straight win.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UFC: Jon Jones says he got ‘blacked out drunk’ before each bout View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Conservation, Deforestation, Palm Oil, Plantations, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is widely considered the strongest certification scheme for the commodity, which is grown largely on plantations hacked out of tropical forests that are home to critically endangered species such as orangutans.A new study has found that RSPO-certified plantations perform no better than non-RSPO estates on a series of sustainability metrics, including species and habitat conservation, as well as social benefits to local communities.The researchers attributed the scheme’s shortcomings to a lack of clarity on its central objectives, as well as weak environmental safeguards.For its part, the RSPO has disputed the study’s findings, citing other reports that it says highlight a net positive impact to the environment and communities from certification. JAKARTA — Oil palm plantations that adhere to the world’s leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found.The study — carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures — is one of the first to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions.To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPO’s principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice.Not very well, as it turned out. “No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated,” the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies.“[O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPO’s] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability,” the researchers concluded.Global demand for products like palm oil is responsible for depleting tropical forest cover, with often grave health consequences for local communities. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Benchmarking the benchmarkThe study’s findings are notable, given that the RSPO is widely regarded as having the strongest set of requirements among existing certification schemes for edible oils and biofuels.The standard was established in 2004 in response to a growing recognition that the expansion of oil palm plantations was fueling rainforest destruction and land grabs in countries like Indonesia, where legal protections for the environment and indigenous communities were seen as weak, and enforcement of the law even weaker.Since then, the RSPO has grown to become the leading certification scheme for palm oil, with 26,500 square kilometers (10,200 square miles) of plantations and 11.65 million tons of palm oil — representing a fifth of the global production of the commodity — falling under its scope.Before this recent study, however, few investigations had been undertaken to evaluate the RSPO’s effectiveness in achieving sustainability aims, leaving decision-makers without the evidence-based answers to whether investment in RSPO is an effective means of obtaining outcomes better than business as usual.A baby orangutan in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Along with habitat loss due to mining, orangutans in both Sumatra and Borneo are threatened by fires and deforestation for oil palm and pulp plantations. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.‘No evidence’ of orangutan protectionOne of the key sustainability measures where the study found the RSPO lacking was in helping conserve biodiversity, for which the researchers looked at the fate of the critically endangered Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus).The survival of the species depends on whether it has enough viable habitat to survive. In Indonesian Borneo, where palm plantations are taking over the rainforests that constitute the orangutans’ habitat, their prospects look dim. Coupled with this loss of habitat is the routine killing of the great apes, which are viewed by plantation workers as vermin.The study found there was no evidence that RSPO-certified plantations provided better protection for orangutans. Their populations declined in both certified and non-certified concessions between 2009 and 2014, according to CEED researcher Courtney Morgans, the lead author of the study.“Despite aims to manage plantations in a way that ‘maintains and/or enhances’ high conservation value species, our study found little evidence that RSPO plantations are improving protection of the critically endangered orangutan,” Morgans, who is also affiliated with the University of Queensland, told Mongabay in an email.The study also found that RSPO plantations usually feature extensively deforested areas, leaving little viable habitat for the orangutan. Under RSPO regulations, new plantations cannot be developed from primary forest as of November 2005. Companies gunning for certification prior to that deadline would therefore have razed much of the forested parts of their concessions in order to maximize their available land.By contrast, many non-certified plantations still contain forest patches and viable orangutan habitat, since no clearing deadlines exist for them.In all, the researchers wrote, “No evidence was found to suggest that RSPO certified plantations were able to retain populations of orangutan better than non-certified concessions.”An oil palm plantation in Indonesia burns. Photo by Rhett A. Butler‘Only small benefits’Another environmental indicator that the researchers looked at was fire incidence. Again, the findings showed little benefit from RSPO certification.“The number of fire hotspots detected within palm oil concessions increased equally in both RSPO and non-RSPO concessions between 1999-2004 and 2011-2015 with no significant difference in the number of fire hotspots in certified and non-certified concessions,” the researchers wrote.The study also found that the RSPO failed to deliver on social impacts. “There also isn’t a clear signal that RSPO is improving levels of wealth or improving access to health infrastructure for villagers neighbouring the plantations,” Morgans said. “The only small benefits we could detect were marginally higher yields and share values for certified companies.”The study suggests that RSPO certification has failed to prevent deforestation and biodiversity loss because participants have differing interpretations of its primary objective, which is to “promote sustainable palm oil.” As a result, different RSPO stakeholder groups prioritize certain criteria over others.The RSPO’s own principles and criteria — the eight central pillars — also leave much of the scheme open to interpretation through vague wording such as “maintain populations” and “promote positive impacts,” Morgans said.She suggested that these terms be replaced with something more definitive that can be quantified.“The immediate adoption of specific and measurable targets will improve RSPO’s effectiveness,” she said.Another factor is that the RSPO’s environmental safeguards may simply not be strong enough, according to a recent report by the Changing Market Foundation. The report notes that the certification scheme still allows the conversion of secondary forests and the draining of peatlands, and does not require reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.“As this report exposes, RSPO has been at best a distraction and at worst a hindrance to efforts to improve the sustainability of palm oil,” Deborah Lapidus, campaign director for the environmental advocacy group Mighty Earth, wrote on the group’s Facebook page.Morgans said the RSPO’s failings could also be blamed on its focus on improving the sustainability of the palm oil industry at the plantation level, rather than addressing sustainability issues at a larger level. This, she said, limits its ability to deliver broad benefits.For example, the requirement to “maintain and enhance” high conservation value species ignores the biology and behavior of many species the scheme is trying to protect, such as the orangutan.“The Bornean Orangutan requires a large home range due to seasonal food availability,” Morgans said. “Effective conservation of the species, therefore, requires the conservation of large and connected forest patches, which can only be achieved with landscape level coordination.”Similarly, the aims of contributing to local sustainable development and improving the social impacts of plantation and mill operations require coordination between multiple stakeholders. As such, the study argues, the delivery of social benefits and infrastructure should be developed and implemented at a higher level rather than simply a per-concession basis.To address this weakness, the study’s authors called on the RSPO to adopt jurisdictional approaches aimed at certifying entire administration units rather than individual plantations.An oil-palm plantation with a few remaining rainforest trees in Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.RSPO respondsThe RSPO, for its part, has called into question the validity of the new findings.Stefano Savi, the RSPO’s global outreach and engagement manager, said there was ample evidence in recently published independent studies showing that RSPO-certified concessions had both reduced deforestation rates as well as the number of hotspots.One study he cited, coordinated by Borneo Futures in 2017, measured deforestation and orangutan population in 2,717 oil palm estates and concessions throughout Borneo. That study showed that RSPO-certified concessions lost 9 percent of intact and logged forest per total concession area, against 17.2 percent for non-RSPO concessions between 2000 and 2015. The authors of that study also reported that annual forest loss rates in certified concessions declined consistently after 2005, while those on non-RSPO concessions stayed consistently higher.The 2017 study also found that the rate of orangutan population decline was lower, in absolute terms, for RSPO-certified concessions as compared to non-RSPO concessions.“Overall, the data obtained from the study suggested that RSPO-certified concessions are better at working towards the protection of orangutans, as compared to non-certified concessions,” Savi told Mongabay in an email.Savi also questioned the accuracy of the modeling used by Morgans to determine the orangutan population, saying that by relying on nest counts, it might have failed to account for transient orangutans.Morgans, who was also involved in the 2017 study, noted that while RSPO-certified concessions had lost fewer orangutans than non-RSPO estates overall, the relative rate of loss was almost the same — 2.2 percent to 2.1 percent, respectively.Savi also cited another study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which found that RSPO certification reduced deforestation in Indonesian oil palm plantations by 33 percent from the business-as-usual scenario between 2001 and 2015.But that reduced deforestation mostly happened in older plantations, where much of the forest had already been cleared prior to, leaving little to deforest. As a result, the actual area of avoided deforestation was small: just 21 square kilometers (8.1 square miles).Savi said it was also not clear whether Morgans’s study had taken into account non-certified concessions that had been gazetted for oil palm plantation but were currently inactive.“Should there be such cases, it should be clearly indicated as it would not be accurate to compare active RSPO-certified areas to inactive non-certified areas,” he said.Oil palm nursery and processing facility in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Improving the schemeSavi said the RSPO management recognized there were still many areas for improvements. He said it had already commissioned studies to determine the actual performance of the certification scheme against its stated standards. Those studies indicated either a net positive impact or little negative impact for RSPO-certified sites, he said.“As part of our effort to address this issue, we have been working to strengthen our standards through a revision of the RSPO Principles & Criteria, which began last year and is currently underway,” Savi said. The RSPO’s principles and criteria are revised every five years.Savi said the RSPO would also be looking to conduct more research on the performance and impact of its strategies and interventions to identify potential gaps and help improve its standards.“Towards this end, we have published a Research Agenda, which details our priority research questions, on our website and have put aside budget to commission our own impact evaluation studies,” he said.Morgans welcomed the move. She said that despite its shortcomings, the RSPO was still an important mechanism for improving the sustainability of the palm oil industry.“Dismissing the scheme altogether does risk the advances made so far,” she said. “Instead, effort should be placed on evaluating the scheme, offering constructive criticism, and supporting stakeholders with the development, implementation and adaptive improvement of sustainable practices.”A previous version of this story incorrectly described the study as the first one to assess RSPO effectiveness by comparing certified and non-certified concessions.Banner image: Orangutans in Borneo have been seriously threatened by the oil palm industry. Photo by Rhett A. 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more