Phoenix solves guard problems with Alolino, Javelona

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “Once na narinig ko yung name ko, I had a sigh of relief talaga,” Alolino said after Phoenix drafted him second in the regular draft.“Lahat ng pinaghirapan ko was worth it because nandito na ako. It really is a dream come true.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentAlolino pairs with Matthew Wright as the standout rookies which will join the Fuel Masters this upcoming season.And for Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia, those picks allowed him to address his squad’s pressing need beef up its backcourt. “May familiarity na kami sa isa’t isa. Hindi ko in-expect yun pero hopefully, sama-sama din kami na makapag-sign ng contract.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We solved our point guard problem,” he said. “We got lots of point guards now.”Alolino joins sophomore slasher Simon Enciso and veteran Chico Lanete at the point. And this early, Alolino is excited to have the chance to be mentored by those two.“I’m really excited to learn more. Di ako magre-relax at ibibigay ko pa kung ano kaya ko,” he said.Alolino is also hoping that he won’t have a hard time adjusting to the PBA game given that he will open a new chapter in his basketball career along with his former NU teammates Jeff Javillonar and Pao Javelona, who were also acquired by Phoenix in the draft.“Happy ako na at least nandito na kami. Nakasama ko sila ng maraming beses na sa UAAP pero pare-parehas kaming bago dito kaya as much as possible, hahanapin pa namin yung mabibigay namin sa team,” he said, as he hopes to exploit this advantage as all three Bulldogs eye to crack Vanguardia’s rotation through their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netConsider it a dream come true for Gelo Alolino.The former National University guard didn’t really have to wait that long before he heard his name called up in the stage in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Lee excited to team up with Star rookie Jalaloncenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:59Duterte’s drug war barely nicked surface of society’s menace – Robredo01:31Taiwan 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

Zimbabwe’s chiefs revive tradition to save the country’s last pangolins

first_imgBiodiversity, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Governance, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, NGOs 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 Article published by Rebecca Kesslercenter_img Asian pangolins are fast dwindling for the illegal international trade, and traffickers are now targeting African pangolins for new supply, raising fears in Zimbabwe that they could wipe out the country’s last pangolins.However, traditional leaders, with the support of the Zimbabwean government, are playing a strong role in protecting the country’s remaining pangolins.They are reminding their communities of age-old myths and beliefs about pangolins, as well as imposing heavy fines on those who harm them, to instill a sense of collective responsibility among the people. ZIMUNYA COMMUNAL LAND, Zimbabwe — Christopher Zimunya, a 72-year-old leader of the indigenous VaJindwi people in eastern Zimbabwe, beamed as he spoke about pangolins. Sitting on the veranda of his small, thriving convenience shop at 22 Miles Business Centre, Zimunya told Mongabay that pangolins are revered in this part of the country, an area known as Zimunya communal land.“Pangolins are sacred here and we guard them jealously,” he said with a smile. “These animals are really beautiful and finding one brings a lot of good luck to the person who finds it and it’s a taboo to kill it.”Asian stocks of the scaly mammals are fast dwindling for the illegal international trade. Traffickers are now targeting African pangolins for new supply, raising fears in Zimbabwe that they could wipe out the country’s last pangolins. However, traditional leaders, with the support of the Zimbabwean government, are taking a strong role in protecting the country’s remaining pangolins. They are reminding their communities of age-old myths and beliefs about pangolins, as well as imposing heavy fines on those who harm them, to instill a sense of collective responsibility among the people.Christopher Zimunya, a traditional leader of VaJindwi people in eastern Zimbabwe, explains the importance of pangolins. Image by Andrew Mambondiyani for Mongabay.Scaly and endangeredPangolins are sought after in China and Vietnam, where the meat is considered a delicacy and the scales are used in traditional medicines for various ailments (although there is no evidence of their efficacy). In 2014, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) warned that more than a million pangolins had been taken from the wild in the preceding 10 years, putting the animals at risk of extinction. All eight species are effectively banned from international trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), but the trade persists illegally nevertheless. Of the four Asian species, two are now listed as critically endangered and two as endangered. The four African species are listed as vulnerable.Zimbabwe has one the strictest laws against pangolin poaching in Africa. The animals are specially protected under the country’s Parks and Wildlife Act, and illegally possessing or dealing in them attracts a prison sentence of up to 12 years, according to Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. In 2015, authorities arrested 84 pangolin poachers in Zimbabwe and sentenced 47 to nine years in prison, the mandatory minimum sentence, according to the Tikki Hywood Foundation. The next year the number of poachers arrested shot up to 114; 52 received nine-year sentences.Trevor Saruwaka, the legislator for Zimbabwe’s Mutasa South constituency, which includes a chiefdom near Zimunya called Mutasa communal land, told Mongabay that many people were unaware of the gravity of pangolin poaching and the severe sentence it carried.“Many are shocked when they appear in court and [are] sentenced to nine years,” Saruwaka said. “The information about the seriousness of the crime is not reaching many people in rural areas and there is [a] need to use government structures everywhere to educate people about [the] seriousness of pangolin poaching.”A pangolin pup rescued from trafficking. Image courtesy of the Tikki Hywood Foundation.Pangolins in traditional beliefIn Zimunya communal land and elsewhere, local chiefs are using traditional beliefs about pangolins to try to fill that educational gap and deter poaching.Sandwiched between Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe’s Marange communal area in the west, Zimunya communal land is occupied primarily by the VaJindwi. Along the eastern part of this chiefdom in Manicaland province is a treacherous mountain range that forms part of the country’s Eastern Highlands.People here subsist mainly on small-scale crop and livestock farming, selling their surplus produce in the city of Mutare. Poverty is entrenched and worsening as climate change makes farming increasingly unpredictable and difficult.Many people here still adhere to traditional VaJindwi beliefs and practices. They conduct rainmaking ceremonies at the onset of the wet season. Many believe that mystical lions and birds protect the area from evil spirits. They safeguard certain tree species where protective deities are thought to reside, imposing big fines on anyone found cutting them down.Pangolins fit into that belief system, both in Zimunya and elsewhere in Zimbabwe. The animals, known in the local Jindwi dialect as harakabvuka, are extremely rare, shy and mostly nocturnal. Many people in this region have never seen a pangolin, heightening the mythical quality of this reclusive animal. In fact, they use the word harakabvuka to refer to something very rare.Small-scale farming is the source of livelihood for many people in Zimunya communal land. Image by Andrew Mambondiyani for Mongabay.“If a person finds a pangolin walking by, it means a lot of good luck. And the number of steps the pangolin takes before it disappears means the number of good years that person is going to live,” Zimunya said. Conversely, harming a pangolin is thought to bring bad luck. “Here we don’t fathom or imagine a person killing a pangolin, worse still selling it. It’s a taboo,” he said.Years back, Zimunya said, when a person found a pangolin, he or she was required to hand it over to the chief, who would then release it back into the forest. “Our forefathers protected these animals; no wonder we still have them today and we must do likewise,” he said.Under customary law, he said, if a person is caught killing or selling a pangolin, the chief would fine the poacher a cow and a sheep — a heavy fine by rural standards— and turn him or her over to the national police.“To us a pangolin is more than just an animal; it is part of our culture. We teach our children to value the pangolin and never to kill or sell it,” Zimunya said. “We still have many pangolins living in all these mountains surrounding us but they are rarely seen and we pray they should be left where they are.”The pangolin’s thick overlapping scales protect it from predators such as lions, but the animal is an easy mark for illegal wildlife traffickers. Image courtesy of the Tikki Hywood Foundation.Chiefs try to stem the poachingZimunya said the system was so far withstanding the rising pressure to poach pangolins: people young and old alike are actively involved in pangolin conservation and report any acts of poaching to the police or traditional leaders, he said, adding that there had been no local arrests so far.Other residents echoed Zimunya’s observations.“If you poach a pangolin here in Zimunya and try to sell it you will definitely be caught because the animal can’t be sold according to our culture. It brings bad luck to anyone who tries to make money from it,” Elijah Ngwarati, a 43-year-old farmer, told Mongabay with a chuckle.Elijah Ngwarati, a resident of Zimunya communal land, eastern Zimbabwe. Image by Andrew Mambondiyani for Mongabay.At a local business center, 38-year-old Leonard Madanhire weighed in, saying it would be difficult for traffickers to recruit locals to poach pangolins because of the respect people have for the animals. Some of the poachers, mostly from China, were offering up to $10,000 for a pangolin, dead or alive, he’d heard. “Yes, it’s a lot of money, but many people are not falling for the money,” he said.Albert Mutasa, a village elder in his seventies who was drinking beer with friends at the business center, said it was important for the elders to teach their children traditional ways to protect wildlife in the area.“We need to teach our children to protect our wild animals and plants. It is our duty as elders to teach the younger generation,” he said.Christopher Zimunya said the VaJindwi of Zimunya communal land weren’t the only indigenous group using traditional reverence for the pangolin to combat poaching. Chiefs in nearby Marange communal land and Mutasa communal land, as well as many others in Zimbabwe are doing the same, he said.The chiefs’ role in pangolin protection has drawn some attention from the broader conservation community.“We are working with the authorities; the chiefs, the police, the judiciary and [rural district] council officials, and they are very proactive in pangolin conservation,” said Hywood of the Tikki Hywood Foundation, which works to raise public awareness and train police and court officials about the pangolin trafficking problem, in addition to rehabilitating trafficked wildlife. “The traction on pangolin conservation in Zimbabwe is very positive,” she said.Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told Mongabay that the authority valued the chiefs’ role in curtailing pangolin poaching in the country.“We are working closely with traditional leaders as the custodian of our wildlife to stop poaching and it is helping a lot,” Farawo said. “Chiefs are helping in our educational awareness [campaigns] and people are responding very well.”But there’s a limit to what the chiefs can do in the face of extreme incentives to poach. Early this year, four men under Chief Mutasa in Mutasa communal land were arrested in the capital, Harare, for trying to sell two pangolins. The case is still pending before the courts.It remains to be seen whether people on Zimunya communal land can withstand the lure of big money from international pangolin poachers as worsening poverty pushes many people in the area to the edge.Baby pangolins travel on their mother’s backs. Image courtesy of the Tikki Hywood Foundation.Banner image: A ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), the species of pangolin that lives in Zimbabwe. Three other pangolin species live in Africa, and four others live in Asia. Image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor 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

‘Judas’ snakes lead scientists on a high-tech Easter egg hunt for pythons

first_imgFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. DNA, Freshwater Ecosystems, Invasive Species, Mapping, Monitoring, Snakes, surveys, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, Wetlands, Wildtech Scientists are exploring various technologies to address the spread of highly invasive Burmese pythons, which have devastated native mammal and bird populations across much of southern Florida.Researchers who recently captured a large pregnant Burmese python did so using the “Judas” technique: the radio-tagging of adult pythons that will approach others of the opposite sex during the breeding season, “betraying” them to the research teams.More recently, separate research teams have trialed the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to determine the spatial distribution, range limits, and expansion rates of Burmese pythons in the region. They found python eDNA within a wildlife refuge, indicating that the invaded area extends further north than previously thought and that pythons are likely resident there. Remember that 3-meter (17-foot) pregnant Burmese python recently captured by wildlife authorities in southern Florida? These snakes, invasive to North America and destructive to native wildlife, are cryptic in both their coloration and behavior, making them difficult to find. But scientists found this female with the help of some tracking tags and a cooperative male python.Moreover, they’ve used DNA the snakes have left behind to identify areas already invaded by the pythons, which can help researchers determine the range limits of these snakes and assess efforts to control their spread.Researchers and National Park Service staff display the full 5.1 meters (17 feet) of the pregnant Burmese python.  Wildlife officials say this snake is the largest Burmese python ever to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades. Image courtesy of Florida Everglades National Park Service.Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus), native to Southeast Asia, have no predators in Florida, so the few snakes brought to the United States through the pet trade that escaped or were released have quickly reproduced and morphed into an out-of-control, continuously growing population there, likely established since before the 1990s. Pythons’ long life span and large clutches of eggs have further enabled them to spread across southern Florida.Along the way, they’ve decimated the populations of numerous native species, eliminating large portions of the region’s small and medium-sized mammals and now suspected of turning to the iconic wading bird colonies of the Everglades wetland ecosystem.The ‘Judas’ technique Traditional methods of visually searching for and trapping the animals have been generally ineffective in locating pythons in the region’s inaccessible, dense, swampy vegetation.Scientists have thus turned to a tracking strategy called the “Judas” technique, which uses a radio-tagged individual of an invasive species to approach and “betray” others of the same species, or conspecifics, to the researchers following them.The story of Judas, the biblical disciple who betrayed Jesus to religious officials, thereby leading to Jesus’s crucifixion, typically gets an airing during Easter. Today, the name’s been adopted for a technique that scientists use to find social animals, such as invasive goats and pigs, often transported by people to islands, in an effort to eradicate the invasive exotic species and enable native plants and animals to recover.Goats bought by people to various Galapagos islands destroy vegetation, leaving little for giant tortoises and other native herbivores. In the absence of predators, the goats have proliferated, increasing the threat to native plants and animals. They prefer to move in groups, making the “Judas” goat a feasible strategy for locating even the most wary individuals. Researchers can follow the tagged goat to the group, where they kill all but the Judas goat, who is free to find another group. Image from BBC Youtube.Once pursued by research or management teams, these animals become extremely wary of humans, but they like being in groups and will approach a conspecific through normal social behavior.  In the case of the Burmese pythons, individual snakes in southern Florida are normally solitary and highly cryptic, but they come together between December and April to mate.In this method, researchers implant tiny radio transmitters into each “Judas” python, locate the released tagged snakes, and monitor their movements using receivers attached to a small plane. Once relocated, researchers approach a tagged snake on foot, record the GPS coordinates of its location, and search for other pythons in the area. Over time, the researchers glean the animals’ movement patterns and use of the various vegetation types, including upland and lowland forest, marsh prairie, freshwater grasslands, coastal, and open water. They also record the number of “betrayal” events and number of individual pythons betrayed per field visit by a given tagged python.The use of radio tags and a small plane or helicopter means the method is relatively expensive, but it offers researchers access to large female snakes, such as the recently caught individual who was carrying 73 eggs.“This is one more tool we can add to our tool box to help us combat this invasive species,” Brian Smith, a contractor with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) who led a study documenting the radio-tagging of Burmese pythons in southern Florida, said in a 2016 statement. “It’s effective at a time of year when we do not catch pythons on the road, and … it provides more opportunities to catch the really big, breeding females.”That initial study, conducted in Everglades National Park, found that python betrayal events were particularly likely to occur in lowland forest and tree islands within the massive wetland system, suggesting that researchers should target those habitat types when searching for breeding individuals.The Judas technique is more expensive per python caught than opportunistic detection during road monitoring, and it’s applicable only during the few months when the snakes aggregate. However, it provides researchers with access to females with high reproductive potential and is effective at times of the year when road surveys aren’t possible due to flooding. The two methods can thus complement each other.“Despite the cost [of the Judas technique], it has been the best method to help us find more, large, reproductive individuals during the breeding season,” said Kristen Hart, a USGS research ecologist, 2016 study co-author, and a graduate adviser to Smith. “Removal of these large breeders is essential if we are ever to make a dent in the python population.”eDNAA more recent technology using species’ DNA has helped python research teams further target their searches to make better use of both the Judas technique and road surveys.In a recent pair of studies, researchers assessed the range limits of pythons in a south Florida wildlife reserve and the tendency of pythons to target wading bird breeding sites.The teams tested the use of environmental DNA, or eDNA, in water samples from within the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, where pythons hadn’t been detected previously and from areas south of the reserve, where pythons were known to occur.A Burmese python up close. In the wild, these snakes average 3.7 m (12 feet) long, but can reach 7 m (23 feet). In areas where they’ve become established, sightings of many native mammals, including raccoons, rabbits, possums, and deer, have decreased by over 90 percent. Image by Brian Smith-U.S. Geological Survey.eDNA is the genetic material from the skin, hair, scales, feces, pollen, or seeds shed by living creatures into the environment and extracted from soil or water, rather than directly from a plant or animal. Analyzing eDNA has enabled scientists to determine the presence of a particular species or describe the community of plants or animals in an area.Scientists collect eDNA through simple water or soil samples, which makes data collection faster and more cost effective than having to extract a blood or tissue sample from an animal or plant. Analysis of the eDNA requires comparing the DNA in the samples to existing sequence data for the species of interest, usually from a reference database, as well as standard genetic analysis tools. Once reference data are available, costs associated with genetic analyses decrease rapidly over time.Being able to quickly sample large areas can help researchers determine the presence of an invasive species in previously unstudied areas. According to the team assessing the Loxahatchee Refuge, “the ability to detect invasive species at low densities or prior to establishment is critical for successful control and eradication efforts.” The same basic genetic information can also help managers assess the success of their control or removal efforts; repeated tests that do not detect a species could signal a successful removal campaign.The Loxahatchee researchers aimed to determine the range limits of the area invaded by pythons. They found Burmese python eDNA within the refuge, showing that the invaded area extends further north than previously thought and that pythons are likely resident there.They found python eDNA at most sampling sites throughout their three-year collection period, which, they write in their paper, “is consistent with the pattern expected for a resident python population, as opposed to sporadic, transient individuals or alternative vectors.”Egrets and wood storks share a tree for their nests in the Everglades wetland ecosystem. Scientists have found greater presence of established python populations near wading bird colonies than around islands with no nesting birds, suggesting that resource managers focus python monitoring and control efforts in areas of nesting wading birds. Image via pxhere, CC 0.Similarly, scientists who collected and examined python eDNA around the region’s wading bird colonies, found that the amount of python eDNA was higher around colonies than around control islands (with no wading birds), “suggesting that pythons are attracted to wading bird colonies during the wading bird breeding season” and that the pythons’ wide distribution across the central Everglades was related to areas near active bird colonies.They found eDNA analysis to be “the most powerful and quantitatively accurate technique currently available,” especially in habitats where accessibility is difficult and the dense vegetation makes it hard to spot pythons.CitationsHunter, M. E., Meigs-Friend, G., Ferrante, J. A., Smith, B. J., & Hart, K. M. (2019). Efficacy of eDNA as an early detection indicator for Burmese pythons in the ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the greater Everglades ecosystem. Ecological Indicators, 102, 617-622. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.02.058Smith, B. J., Cherkiss, M. S., Hart, K. M., Rochford, M. R., Selby, T. H., Snow, R. W., & Mazzotti, F. J. (2016). Betrayal: Radio-tagged Burmese pythons reveal locations of conspecifics in Everglades National Park. Biological Invasions, 18(11), 3239-3250. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1211-5 Article published by Sue Palminteri Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Fajardo shrugs off BPC lead: ‘Our focus is winning’

first_imgSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo goes up for a shot against Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has extended his PBA reign into the new year as he is on his way to winning another Best Player of the Conference award.But the three-time MVP said his focus is solely on winning games for San Miguel Beer, which is currently on top of the standings midway through the 2017 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ang layo pa, at ‘di ko pa iniisip yan (It’s still too far away and I don’t think about it much),” Fajardo told INQUIRER.net Monday. “Ang iniisip namin ang manalo ng games kasi malalakas na rin kalaban (Our focus is winning and our opponents have become stronger now).”“Iyong BPC ‘di ko masyadong pinapansin (I really don’t think about the BPC that much).”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 returnFajardo is averaging 44.2 SPs, 20.2 points 17.2 rebounds that are both career-highs to go along 1.5 blocks.The 27-year-old Fajardo is just one BPC plum shy of matching his mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most number of awards with five. MOST READ Fajardo tipped to make history anew in new year ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Fajardo’s teammates are also in the hunt for the Philippine Cup BPC award with point guard Alex Cabagnot in third and 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in sixth and the award’s frontrunner doesn’t mind sharing the limelight. “Okay naman kasi balanced nga scoring namin ngayon and suportahan namin lagi ang maganda nilalaro (This is good because we have this balanced scoring in the team, and we’ll support anyone who’s having a good game),” said Fajardo. He also acknowledged Cabagnot’s efforts in their 101-86 win over Meralco on Wednesday. Cabagnot had a team-high 21 points before leaving the game early after suffering an injury early in the third quarter.“Makaka treinta ata siya kung di siya na injure eh, (He could’ve scored 30 if he didn’t get injured),” said Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lost his trophy, lost his edge – is Djokovic era over?

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Australia’s former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash was adamant that Djokovic’s time as a dominant force was over.“His defeat just shows that Novak has absolutely lost his edge, there’s no doubt about that,” Cash told the BBC.“I’d love to see him competing, to be a true number two fighting for that number one spot, but at this rate I don’t think we will see that.”Djokovic, who faced the media moments after coming off the Rod Laver Arena court where he has won six finals, agreed that his opponents now know he is beatable.“Sure. They wouldn’t be playing against me or any other opponent or any other tournament, for that matter, if they don’t believe that they can win,” he said. “They go out and they try their best.”Asked what he would take from the defeat, he said: “Take my bags and I go home.”Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion and the 2009 Australian Open winner, and one of those who can capitalise on Djokovic’s early departure from the draw, said he saw nothing significant about his great rival’s loss.“What Novak did here is just amazing. Six victories, six titles. For a lot of years he has been in the semi-finals, finals and winning here,” Nadal said after reaching the third round.“This is probably an accident, that’s all,” added the Spaniard. “He’s playing well. Everybody has the chance to lose when you go on court.” Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-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 The 12-time Grand Slam champion’s latest calamity comes on the back of a troublesome second half of last season where he lost his world number one ranking to Andy Murray and relinquished his Wimbledon and US Open titles.After winning the French Open in June for the first time, Djokovic held all four Grand Slam singles titles, but he has not won a major since.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 returnBecker, who split with Djokovic at the end of last year after three years as his coach, says the door is now open to the next generation as the Serb nears his 30th birthday.“I’m really shocked that Novak Djokovic lost,” said Becker, who is part of Eurosport’s live coverage of the Australian Open. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES UFC: BJ Penn’s coach, ‘gun to his head,’ says his fighter won’t retire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ “I thought he was playing much too defensive and never really took the initiative and never really fought for it.”Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion and twice winner of the Australian Open, said Djokovic’s fall offers his younger rivals the incentive to push on. “It’s a big door open now,” Becker told the New York Times in Melbourne. “We talked about the next gen for a long time, and now is the time for these 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds to go through the door.“When the top dog is struggling a bit -— and no disrespect to Andy Murray, but Novak was the top dog -— the way was blocked. But now it’s a shift.”‘Take my bags and go’Becker said Djokovic was missing his trademark intensity and will to win in Thursday’s match, and wasn’t “mentally going crazy” as he used to.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his second round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Ryan Pierse/Pool via AP)Former coach Boris Becker claimed Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility and his era of dominance is over after his seismic early exit at the Australian Open.The tennis world was abuzz over six-time champion Djokovic’s stunning five-set loss to the 117th-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin, his earliest exit from a major since Wimbledon 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims View comments Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chieflast_img read more

Westbrook shines as Thunder roll over Lakers

first_imgChina counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “It’s a lot better to be with him than against him,” McDermott said. D’Angelo Russell paced the struggling Lakers with 29 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points off the bench and Julius Randle added 13. Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ new president, was in the building to watch the team for the first time since taking over basketball operations. “It’s good. It like you’re starting over and trying to impress,” Russell said. “It’s like coming to a new team. Trying to impress the GM (general manager) and the guys in the front office with your play, with your off the court and the way you handle yourself.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) and guard D’Angelo Russell (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Oklahoma City won 110-93. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Russell Westbrook earned his 28th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder eased past the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 late Friday.Westbrook scored 17 points on four-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Steven Adams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who improved to 33-25.Oklahoma City also received strong contributions from its newest members, Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, who were traded from Chicago on Thursday. 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“It felt great,” Gibson said. “I didn’t want to mess up. I was able to calm down and have a lot of fun with the guys. It’s a great group of guys, real unselfish. I had a great time tonight.” Westbrook reached his triple-double midway through the quarter, giving his new teammates a taste of what the type of season he has been having. Heat fire 17 three pointers in victory over Atlanta 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Creamline nears bronze finish

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline moved a game away from a third place finish after sweeping the Power Smashers, 25-20 25-18 25-15, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Cool Smashers leaned on Alyssa Valdez, Thai Kuttika Kaewpin and American import Laura Schaudt, whose kill clinched the game a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three duel.ADVERTISEMENT The Power Smashers just simply couldn’t match the Cool Smashers’ firepower with Kannila Thipachot their lone player hitting in double-digit scoring.A kill by Pau Soriano made it, 16-8, and Creamline never looked back as it rolled in the third set while the Power Smashers had the hard time figuring out the Cool Smashers’ unpredictable offense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ With no chance for revenge, Dillinger tells TNT: Beat Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “They’re playing happy, they’re playing inspired and everyone is playing with a jigh intensity,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.Valdez unleashed a game-high 21 points while Kaewpin and Schaudt scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCreamline was relegated to the battle for third tiff after losing to Bali Pure in three sets in a deciding Game 3 of the semifinals on Thursday.The two teams meet again on Tuesday with the Power Smashers looking to even the duel in Game 2. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

Thelma Barina: When we were champions

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES “I hear that a lot,” she says. “But I also hear people saying I’m a lot better than her.”There’s no ground for comparison, to say the least. Daquis, with her all-heart brand of play, media savvy and pretty face, has helped make local volleyball gain the level of popularity it has never enjoyed before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSoutheast Asian dominanceBut it was Barina-Rojas, a 5-foot-8 open spiker from Cebu, who laid down the foundation for the country’s dominance in Southeast Asia during her 14-year stint as a national player. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet In the know SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:40Filipinos 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. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img A dream fulfilled for Christian 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Thelma Barina in her heyday.Some volleyball fans, those who are just experiencing the local sport’s “second coming,” are too quick to call her the Rachel Anne Daquis of her generation.For the record, Thelma Barina-Rojas doesn’t mind being compared to the new face of Philippine volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT She sharpened her all-around volleyball skills enough to land her a spot in the national team as its “captain ball” for many years.“I’m happy with what I see now in Philippine volleyball,” says Barina-Rojas, now a PE teacher at Makati Gospel School and head coach of its volleyball squad. “I’m very positive that we can bring back our glory days in the sport.”According to her, one of the national team’s biggest advantages now is its height.“We have many tall players now who are talented and very smart on the court,” says Barina-Rojas, who married volleyball referee Rodrigo “Buboy” Rojas and bore him three children, namely, Rossinni Tracey, Rodd Tyron and Ross Therese.She says she always watches games, especially those in the UAAP and NCAA, on TV and follows the sport and how it has progressed from being just a niche sport into a full-blown mainstream spectacle that it is today.“Back then (in the national team) we treated each other like real sisters,” says Barina-Rojas. “I guess that’s something no coach can easily teach his players.”She says that kind of relationship among teammates was the key to the country’s volleyball success back then. “We would signal each other (about our intended play) with our eyes and body language,” she recalls.During those years, especially before the SEA Games, the national team would hold training camps in Japan to strengthen the squad’s chemistry.“That’s how we learned about Japanese techniques,” she says. “During the training camps we matured as players and as a team. That’s what we need now if we want to become strong in the sport again.”And that’s coming from somebody who has “been there, done that.” She won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games when the Philippines battled Indonesia, not world-ranked Thailand, for dominance in the sport in the region. She helped the country win the gold medal in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1993 editions of the Games.Barina-Rojas took the Most Valuable Player and Best Open Spiker awards in the 1987 SEA Games, and was Best Service Receiver in the 1991 edition.Gold-medal droughtIt’s interesting to note that after the 1993 SEA Games, the Philippines has never won a gold medal again in the biennial competition.Barina-Rojas, now 56, embraced the sport when she took up accounting at Southwestern University in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Worst crash of my career – Gore

first_img “We came on to the straight, and as we came onto the straight, Kyle (Gregg) accelerated. There was a big space between Doug and Kyle, and I took the opportunity to go through. When I got through, halfway past, he (Gore) evidently had planned to close the door, but I don’t think he realised how quickly I had gone through,” Summerbell said. “It’s a racing accident. It may have been alleviated if the starter may have been starting the races lower down. The rest of the field hadn’t come round onto the straight, and to tell the truth, this was every race today (Sunday),” he said. Meanwhile, Gore said that with his car out of commission, there was very little likelihood of his racing again this season. “My car looks like it is written off. If we do decide to repair it, it couldn’t be done in Jamaica. We would have to send away to Germany,” he said. Three marshals, two of which received leg injuries, and another a head injury in the crash, were also released from hospital yesterday. Doug Gore has said he would be out for the rest of the season after a crash with David Summerbell Jr at the Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland on Sunday. Gore told The Gleaner that he was released from hospital yesterday morning after doctors gave him the all-clear following the crash, which wrote off his Audi TT DTM and Summerbell’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII race cars. “I’m very, very, sore and feeling pains all over. Otherwise, I’m just glad to be here after such a violent crash. It could have been a lot worse. It’s probably the worst I’ve had in my 20-odd years of racing, and I’ve had my share,” Gore said. “I just need a little bed rest and I will be fine,” he added. The crash happened at the start of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) Group 4 event, the feature race of the day. Gore, the defending CMRC Driver’s champion, was looking to secure a win for Jamaica, to take the country title from Guyana. Summerbell sought to explain the accident which happened shortly after the start of the race, as he, Gore, and Kyle Gregg were jostling for position. HOW IT HAPPENEDlast_img read more

Big time golf back in Ja with BMW Classic

first_imgFor the first time in more than two decades, Jamaica will host a top professional golf association event, this as the PGA Latino America tour tees off with the BMW Classic at Cinnamon Hill in Rose Hall, St James. One hundred and forty-four golfers from 22 countries will take part in the inaugural event that will close out the first half of the PGA Latino America tour. Seven Jamaican players are in the field which will feature as many as 78 Americans. The rest of the field includes 17 golfers from Argentina, Mexico 7, Canada 6, Trinidad &Tobago 6, Australia 3, Colombia 3, Brazil 2, Chile 2, Peru 2, Venezuela 2, Bolivia 1, England 1, Guatemala 1, Israel 1, Italy 1, Japan 1, Norway 1, Scotland 1 and Uruguay 1. Jamaica’s national amateur champion, Jonathan Newnham, who did not make the qualifiers, will still get a chance to play with some of the best PGA Latin America players, as he was given a sponsor’s exemption. Also, receiving a sponsor’s invite is another national player, Montego Bay’s very own, Sean Morris. They will join Jamaicans, Zandre Roye, Fabian Campbell, Orville Christie, Romaine Evans and Seebert Walker Jr in the main field. Tournament director Peter Lindo says the Cinnamon Hill course is in great shape and some exciting golf is anticipated over the next four days. “We are expecting some low scores from these pros here this week, the greens are fast and true and the course is in pristine condition, and we are excited to have professional golf back in Jamaica after a 25-year absence,” Lindo said. Argentinian Nelson Ledesma is the number-one ranked order of merit player in the field followed by Guatemala’s Jose Toledo and American Brandon Matthews. The winner of the BMW Classic will pocket US $31,500 of the US $175,000 purse.last_img read more