Alab-PH signs former UMass player, drops Korean imports

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Communication key in Phoenix’s 4th quarter rally, says Baguio Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Alab team owner Charlie Dy said Carter was recommended by guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who played with the forward in the NBA D-League last year. Carter, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in five years playing for UMass, wasn’t selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has played in the Slovakian and Portuguese leagues, before seeing action in Mexico last year. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliDy said they are still in talks with another American reinforcement since the league allows two world imports for each team. Alab parted ways with Korean imports Lee Dong-jun and Lee Seung-jun last week, after splitting their first four games of the season.Meanwhile, Kaohsiung signed former Far Eastern U standouts Raymar Jose and Achie Iñigo as heritage imports for the remainder of the season. We are young The duo impressed in the Truth’s 87-93 loss to Alab last Dec. 11 at Olivarez Gym in Parañaque, where Jose had 12 points, while Iñigo finished with eight assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town FILE – Massachusetts’ Sampson Carter, left, and BYU head coach Dave Rose, right, react after a basket by Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. APAlab Pilipinas shored up its frontline by acquiring former University of Massachusetts standout Sampson Carter as one of its reinforcements for the remainder of the Asean Basketball League 2016-2017 season.The 6-foot-9 Carter, a power forward, who suited up for the Memphis Grizzlies in the preseason last year, will fly in on Sunday to link up with Alab, which is bracing for an away clash with the Kaohsiung Truth on Jan. 8. 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

Man United beats 10-man West Ham for 6th successive win

first_imgLeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter United wrapped up the victory 12 minutes from time when Ibrahimovic reacted first as the ball bounced off Ander Herrera to fire low and hard past Darren Randolph from just inside the box, with replays showing the striker had been marginally offside.United had struggled to create chances before the break, but did draw one of the saves of the season from West Ham keeper, Randolph, in the 35th, before Jesse Lingard produced an equally spectacular miss.Antonio Valencia was set up at the back post after good work from Ibrahmovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but was foiled by the sprawling Randolph, who prevented the ball from crossing his line by the narrowest of margins.The rebound fell to Lingard with the goal at his mercy, but he could only direct his effort onto the post from two yards out, with West Ham somehow escaping as the ball bounced into Randolph’s hands.United remains sixth in the table, but has now moved within five points of second-place Liverpool, which was held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland earlier on Monday.West Ham dropped to 13th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:52Phivolcs: Taal eruption won’t trigger tremors from West Valley Fault00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ We are youngcenter_img Despite its numerical advantage, United struggled to break down the home side for long spells and required a number of saves from goalkeeper David de Gea to keep West Ham out.“I think it was not a very good performance,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “I think it’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances, 48 hours,” after both teams’ previous fixtures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“Only when I brought fresh people on, Mata and (Marcus) Rashford, the team was different,” Mourinho added. “We gave width with Rashford, we gave an extra body in the creative area with Mata.”West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his club would appeal against the three-game ban Feghouli is facing after his challenge on Phil Jones. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “I was very surprised (at the red card), I wouldn’t have been happy with a yellow. The more times I’ve seen it, it’s the other way round, it was Jones who made a more dangerous tackle than Feghouli,” Bilic said.“We are gutted and frustrated, but I’m very proud of the team and I told them after the game that if we continue to work hard and play for each other, we don’t have to worry, we’re going to be very high on the table.”Feghouli, making his first Premier League start for West Ham, was sent off after just 15 minutes in what replays suggested was a harsh decision.Manuel Lanzini brought two strong saves from De Gea before the break, while Michail Antonio was crucially denied by the Spanish goalkeeper when through one-on-one on the hour mark.West Ham was made to pay just three minutes later with Mourinho’s alterations proving crucial as Rashford beat two defenders before setting up Mata to finish from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaps over West Ham United’s goalkeeper Darren Randolph who clears the ball during their English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium, in London Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Manchester United benefited from a controversial red card and an equally debatable goal to beat 10-man West Ham 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday, earning a sixth successive victory.Substitute Juan Mata gave United the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured victory from what clearly appeared to be an offside position, after referee Mike Dean had controversially dismissed Sofiane Feghouli in the opening stages.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Warriors squander Curry’s 40 points, lose to Grizzlies in OT

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley (11) makes a basket over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. APOAKLAND, California—Golden State squandered a spectacular 40-point night by Stephen Curry with an awful fourth quarter, watching Mike Conley knock down a jumper with 55 seconds left in overtime as the Memphis Grizzlies stunned the Warriors 128-119 on Friday.Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each made two quick baskets as the Grizzlies hit their initial five shots in OT on the way to beating the Warriors for a second time this season and snapping Golden State’s nine-game home winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Lakers roll past Heat 127-100 after Clarkson, Dragic ejected Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Draymond Green had a three-point play with 2:22 left in the extra session, then made a steal on the other end but turned it over and Troy Daniels immediately hit a baseline 3.Conley scored 27 points and tied it on a 17-footer with 7.4 seconds left in regulation, and a heavily guarded Curry missed from way back before the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngKevin Durant added 27 points and 13 rebounds in the Warriors’ sixth loss. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

Santo Antônio mega-dam on Brazil’s Madeira River disrupts local lives

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Dams, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Amazon Soy, Controversial, Corruption, Dams, Drivers Of Deforestation, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Politics, Featured, Flooding, Forests, Green, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Industrial Agriculture, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Rivers, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Soy, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img The Santo Antônio mega-dam built in the Amazon has heavily impacted the traditional communities displaced from their homes on the Madeira River. Many local residents were relocated from the riverside to cities, and seriously uprooted from their lifestyles, livelihoods and cultures.These local communities say that neither the Santo Antônio Energia Consortium, which built the dam, nor the government have been responsive to their allegations of polluted water, lost fisheries, lack of jobs and difficult urban living conditions.Analysts agree that the close relationship between the Brazilian government and large dam building consortiums, energy firms, mining companies and agribusiness – all profiting heavily from new dams – has resulted in local concerns being poorly addressed or ignored in the past.Experts also say that the Amazon dam building surge of the past few decades is likely to continue as Brazilian funding sources like the BNDES development bank dry up, but China steps in to fund mega-dams, and smaller hydro projects. Socio-environmental harm could easily escalate. While the Santo Antônio dam benefits the consortium that built it, as well as mining, energy and agribusiness interests, the infrastructure project has harmed local communities, according to critics. Image by Hely Chateaubriand.Six miles southwest of the Brazilian city of Porto Velho, the Santo Antônio mega-dam – constructed in 2012 – stands like a wall blocking the flow of the Madeira River in Rondônia state. Eighty miles upstream lies Jirau, a second new hydroelectric plant, completed in 2016.Like many dams in the Brazilian Amazon, these two have drastically impacted the ecology and dynamics of the river on which they are located, along with local lives – while dam builders, operators and government are slow to respond with help.“We began noticing differences with the water in 2013 when the dam was raised. It suddenly smelled very strange,” says Ana Flávia Nascimento, who has lived in the community of Jaci-Paraná, located between the two dams, for more than seventeen years.A rise in reservoir water levels at the Santo Antônio dam – accomplished to increase energy production – have caused groundwater to rise higher too. Now at the same level as city sewers and cemeteries, the local aquifer for the entire area is contaminated, according to critics.“In the past, we drank from our wells,” Flávia explains. “Now everyone has to buy their drinking water,” an added cost that can be a hardship for poor families.Santo Antonio Energia representative and biologist Kaio Ribeiro expresses his views regarding public complaints against the dam consortium. Image by Hely Chateaubriand.The Santo Antônio Energia Consortium that built and operates the dam, and chosen by the Brazilian government for the project, is ambivalent to the complaints; the consortium is made up of large Brazilian construction and energy companies, including Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez, as well as partly state owned companies and investment funds like CEMIG and Furnas.Kaio Ribeiro, a biologist and environmental coordinator at the Santo Antônio dam and employee of the consortium, admits that water quality has declined in Jacy Parana, but he calls the locals opportunists, and says that they don’t want to connect to the new water network the company installed.“They have no interest in solving the conflict,” says Riberio. “They are just looking for financial compensation.”Local representatives of the Movement for those Affected by Dams (MAB), however, dismiss the claim that there is ready access to clean water, and explain that the water supply the consortium installed served only a small area, and that the residents of that area have since been relocated when a heavily opposed expansion of the dam was carried out. Today, the legal conflicts between locals and the consortium remain numerous and contentious.The traditional river people, known as Riberinhos, are highly adapted to their surroundings and live in harmony with the seasons and pulse of the river. The dam has disrupted this subsistence way of life. Image by Marcela Bonfim.Dams often fail to serve those most impactedThe water problems in Jaci-Paraná are not unique. A report from the World Commission for Dams (WCD) highlights the social and environmental problems arising with dam construction, and documents the failures by builders and governments to find solutions to aid locally affected people.However, the theme put forth by dam proponents remains consistent: national economic growth is touted to justify new dams, while the negative consequences are concentrated locally, and either ignored or minimized. People impacted by dams are often forced to relocate and to change their lifestyles and livelihoods. Many times these effects ­­– sometimes involving a drastic shift from subsistence to a cash economy – are difficult to foresee, hard for traditional and indigenous people to adapt to, and nearly impossible to compensate.Meanwhile at the local bus station in Jaci-Paraná, Flavia taps her colorfully painted nails on the side of the pink moped helmet she holds in her hands. “We weren’t completely opposed to the dams in the beginning,” she says. “The whole town believed in the dream,” but then she laughs bitterly. “They [promised] progress and benefits, but we have only seen the negative sides. In the past, this was a community depending on [the Madeira River] fishery. Now it’s forbidden to fish in the dam reservoir.” This is because Brazilian law prohibits fishing 1,000 meters upstream and downstream from hydroelectric plants.Many riverside communities were nearly self-sufficient before the dams were built, and lived from fishing and cultivation of tropical fruits like cupuaçu, açaí and babaçu. Forced to move away from the river to the outskirts of cities, people are now confronted by a multitude of social, economic and cultural problems.“Their [traditional] culture quickly disappears when they move away from the pulse of the river,” explains Porto Velho-based anthropologist Lucileyde Feitosa.Federal public prosecutor Raphael Bevilaqua represents a group of fishermen who were forced to move due to the dam. “The condition [guaranteed by the builders] was that their [local community] lifestyle could continue or improve. But what happened in the majority of the cases was that the quality of life deteriorated. Those who previously had a fair income, now have nothing; they live under miserable conditions, [dependent on] government grants.”It isn’t only fishermen who lost their livelihood, Feitosa points out, but also the buyers and sellers of fish in the city; thus, new dams can have repercussions for the entire local economy.Aerial view of the Santo Antônio mega-dam on the Amazon’s Madeira River. An archaeological excavation preceding dam construction revealed traces of numerous past indigenous cultures. Image courtesy of Santo Antonio Energia.Why dams? And why the Amazon?It isn’t a coincidence that so much dam building takes place in the Amazon; the region’s rivers do possess plentiful hydro energy potential. The Brazilian government and dam building companies often justify their hydroelectric plans by painting the Amazon as a poor, backward region; with the dams presented as bringing development, prosperity, jobs and progress.The placement of dams in the Amazon also needs to be understood in a geopolitical global context. “Nobody would accept the consequences [of building these mega-dams] in Europe. That’s why they are built in places like Brazil,” says Philip Fearnside, Professor of biology at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA).Fearnside is well known for his 40 years of research on human influences in the Amazon, and especially for his study of, and outspoken views about, dams. His small office is filled floor to ceiling with books and research papers. He explains who owns the dams, who pays for them, and who doesn’t generally benefit.The dams have been funded, Fearnside says, mainly with Brazilian tax dollars distributed through BNDES, Brazil’s state development bank ­– one of the biggest such banks on the planet. But even though BNDES paid more than 70 percent of the costs for building the Santo Antônio dam, most river communities downstream of Porto Velho failed to benefit: they still lack access to the electric grid.The local river community of Nazaré has little access to electricity, despite its proximity to the Santo Antônio hydroelectric dam. Image by Marcela Bonfim.Stranger still is this contradiction: Brazilians pay one of the highest prices in the world for electricity, despite the fact that the major government argument for developing hydropower is that it is cheaper to produce than many other types of energy.The reason for the high energy bills: most of the hydropower produced (though generated by large dams paid for by Brazilian tax dollars through BNDES) is owned by the consortiums, powerful alliances usually consisting of private and state-owned construction firms, energy companies and investment funds, many of them transnational in nature.A key partner in these business alliances, often not noted when dams are built, is the electro-intense mining industry which needs massive amounts of electricity to process gold ore, as well as bauxite to produce aluminium. These transnational mining companies ­– including U.S.-based Alcoa, Brazil’s Vale and many Canadian firms – receive massive amounts of state subsidized energy, amounting to over 35 per cent of the country’s total consumption, most of it produced by hydropower and distributed via the Brazilian electrical grid.The Brazilian minister for mines and energy did not respond to Mongabay’s request for comment for this story.Another important player, and beneficiary, is the industrial agribusiness sector. Dams tame Amazon rivers, turning them into industrial waterways – canals that reduce the cost of transporting soy and meat from Brazil’s interior and to the coasts for export.Most of Brazil’s crops and mineral commodities are exported to China and Europe, meaning that the rapid growth of Amazon hydropower in recent decades has been driven by transnational and large Brazilian mining, energy and commodities trading companies serving global economic demands rather than the nation’s domestic needs.A fishing boat seen at twilight as dam lights brighten in the distance. Traditional communities are forbidden from fishing within 1,000 meters of the dam, which limits their catch. Image by Marcela Bonfim.Business and politics mixMany of these transnational companies, along with large Brazilian firms, have forged very close relationships with the Brazilian government.Few eyebrows are raised over the fact that the current Minster for Agriculture, Blairo Maggi and his family, own and operate Amaggi, a world-leading soybean producer, which stands to benefit greatly from the construction of new industrial waterways. Or that Brazil’s newly replaced Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles is also on the board of JSB, an international meat company. A similar politico-business link is found in president elect Jair Bolsonaro’s choice for Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina, the leader of Brazil’s bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby and an active agricultural producer.Being both a politician and entrepreneur is not only common in Brazil: it’s custom – just as it is in many nations around the globe. However, critics say that the highly market-oriented and big business friendly government of interim President Michel Temer has taken these relationships to new levels of intimacy, which according to some critics, is weakening Brazil’s democracy.“We are seeing a hollow democracy in Brazil today,” says Luis Novoa, head of the sociology department at Rondônia State University (UNIR). According to Novoa, the country has become a corporate dictatorship where politicians are for sale.A striking example of the fraternization between Brazilian politicians and the business community is the colossal bribery scheme revealed in 2014 by the Lava Jato (Car Wash) corruption scandal. Odebrecht, the major Brazilian construction company and shareholder in the Santo Antônio dam, played a major part in this scandal. For years, a ”bribery department” within the company paid hundreds of millions of dollars to corrupt government politicians in countries on three continents. This was done to gain advantageous construction concessions for infrastructure projects, including mega-dams.More than 200 Brazilian politicians, from the full spectrum of political parties, are currently under investigation for receiving bribes, including several of Temer’s ministers and even the interim president himself.But the problem is even bigger than corruption and bribery, says sociologist Novoa. He believes that Brazil’s government has become subordinate to the commercial market, a development seen in nation states around the globe.“The economic power is so concentrated [in a few large Brazilian and transnational companies] that the government cannot be said to act autonomously,” says Novoa. “Companies can more or less come to the government agencies and decide what they need. The dam companies’ promises of development, progress and jobs are used as propaganda to change the rules to suit their agenda. Backed by the government, the companies have more or less privatized the rivers of the Amazon.”According to Santo Antonio Energia, there have been no significant changes in aquatic ecology since the dam’s construction, a point of view not accepted by many local inhabitants. Image by Hely Chateaubriand.Environmental licensing as rubber stampCounter intuitively, Brazil possesses very strict environmental laws that should, in theory, prevent corporate needs from short circuiting the public good. For example, extensive environmental licensing processes – including viability studies, impact assessments and public consultations – precede dam construction.However, critics say that the licensing process has been reduced to a mere formality and rarely alters infrastructure plans. Some call these environmental assessments papel para gringo ver: paper to show the foreigners.A UNIR academic study for example, points out serious shortcomings in the socio-environmental impact assessment conducted for the Santo Antônio dam. The authors stress that more than a third of the potential consequences of the dam that were identified in the assessment were not followed up with any measures to compensate or minimize the predicted damage.For example, the dam building consortium’s proposed action to address “changed quality of life for the locals” was simply to “clarify this in advance.” Even the groundwater elevation that occurred in Jacy Parana was foreseen.When asked about the lack of compensating measures in the consortium’s PBA Projeto Básico Ambiental – a required document that outlines actions to mitigate impacts – Santo Antônio consortium representative Kaio Ribeiro shrugged and agreed that nothing was done.“Yes, that’s the way it is,” says Ribeiro. “There is no solution to elevation of groundwater; all we can do is keep monitoring.”The electrical transmission lines leading away from the dam connect with the Brazilian electrical grid. Critics say that the Santo Antônio mega-dam was built to benefit the mining industry and agribusiness. Image by Hely Chateaubriand.Analysts note that strong political pressure enabled the construction of Santo Antônio to stay on track, despite devastating criticism. According to Amazon scientist Fearnside, Santo Antônio and Jirau were the first cases of large dams where the views of IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, were disregarded.“There were over two hundred pages from government experts who said that the dam permit should not be issued, which was circumvented by simply replacing the [IBAMA] licensing manager,” Fearnside said. “The new boss approved the preliminary license and was then promoted to the head of the agency, after which the operational licenses were approved.”According to Fearnside, the approval of these two dams set a dangerous new regulatory standard, resulting in the same disregard for environmental law seen during the construction of the Belo Monte mega-dam, which became operational in 2016.Despite internal conflicts that arose over inadequacies in the Belo Monte licensing studies within IBAMA, and despite the fact that indigenous groups in the affected areas brought more than twenty court challenges against the Norte Energia construction consortium, environmental licensing was approved and the dam was built. Indigenous and traditional riverine communities surrounding the Belo Monte dam have suffered the adverse impacts ever since.Children at play in the Madeira River community of São Francisco do Guaporé. Image by Marcela Bonfim.“Against the law”Dimis Braga, a federal judge in the Amazon state of Rondônia, agrees that large-scale infrastructure projects often have strong economic motives and are rarely stopped by Brazil’s environmental laws. Legal decisions that, on environmental or social grounds, prevent dams from generating energy are highly susceptible to defeat, he says, because of strong political pressure from the legislative  and administrative branches, which in turn are both greatly influenced by corporate lobbying.The entire legal system, and the entire edifice of a court case, can be overthrown by a single government trump card, an exception rule based on national and economic security built into the 1988 Brazilian constitution. The rule states that any Supreme Court judge can cancel decisions that risk “disturbing the economic order.” Thus, legal rulings that might benefit local people, or protect a river, but which could hinder construction of dams, can be annulled if the decision is found to harm the economy or endanger national security. This rule, called contra lei – literally meaning “against the law”– is widely used in hydroelectric dam legal conflicts. Braga describes it as an authoritarian “leftover from the military dictatorship that has not yet been completely wiped out of our legal system.”This rule was used more than twelve times in 2013 alone while the Belo Monte dam was being built, and according to Fearnside, there is little political or public pressure to change the law. ­­­“Most people in Brazil don’t know [it] exists,” he explains.Porto Velho public prosecutor Raphael Bevilaqua adds that it is very difficult to make community legal cases against dam consortiums, partly because of the vast economic disparity between moneyed interests and impoverished locals. “We don’t have the capacity to make the studies that the company can. It’s like fighting an army with a stick,” he says.Moreover, socio-environmental conflicts in Brazil have become notoriously dangerous to activists. In 2016, one of the local MAB leaders, Nilce de Souza Magalhães, better known as “Nicinha,” disappeared and her remains were found six months later close to her home at the bottom of the dam reservoir with her hands and feet tied to a rock. The murder is still under investigation; at least another 17 murders were committed in environmental and land conflicts in 2016 in Rondônia state alone. Brazil is the most hazardous nation for environmental activists in the world.Local activist Nilce de Souza Magalhães, better known as Nicinha, was found murdered, her hands and feet bound and tied to a rock, at the base of the Santo Antônio dam in 2016. Image courtesy of MAB.Amazon dam futureIn January 2018, two officials at Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) issued statements indicating a move away from mega-dam construction. Although seen as a promising win by environmental NGOs, indigenous people and local resistance movements, hopes that the country was downsizing its hydropower plans were quickly dashed.The Mining Ministry (MME) officials, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary; and Luiz Augusto Barroso, head of the Energy Research Enterprise department, were quietly sacked and replaced shortly after the two made the announcement.Likewise, Brazil’s official energy expansion plan contains little to imply a shift away from hydropower. At least 15 new dams – although smaller in scale than Santo Antônio and Belo Monte – are proposed for the coming decade. According to federal projections, hydropower will continue to grow more than any other energy sector in Brazil over the coming decade.Even the proposed São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam in Pará state, put on hold in 2016, may soon be back from the dead, a “vampire project,” as some have dubbed gigantic infrastructure projects resurrected at a favorable political moment.Retired general Oswaldo Ferreira, in charge of infrastructure planning for newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign, recently urged reopening feasibility studies for São Luiz do Tapajós, and also resumption of analyses for proposed Amazon hydropower dams with large reservoirs. The far right Bolsonaro, has also indicated his support for fast-tracking the infrastructure licensing process, limiting socio-environmental assessments to a mere ninety days, not near enough time to do proper scientific impact studies.The Santo Antônio mega-dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects. Brazil’s natural wealth, as reflected in powerful Amazon rivers, has helped prompt mega-dam construction. Image by Hely Chateaubriand.International pressure and resistance against mega-dams, in combination with Brazil’s current economic crises, has limited available funds for subsidized loans for mega-infrastructure projects in recent years. But as domestic funds dry up, China has stepped in, pledging to invest upwards of $250 billion in Latin American infrastructure over the coming decade, as it looks to meet domestic demand for goods like aluminium, soy and meat.If China invites Brazil to be a full participant in its global Belt and Road transportation and energy investment initiative, that move could herald many more large-scale infrastructure projects driven by foreign investors and built by Chinese state companies. Environmentalists warn that if Belt and Road is poorly managed, it could bring great harm to the natural world.A report published by Boston University on the future role of China in Latin America, however, deems it possible to exert control over hydropower development. It contends that some recent socio-environmental policy advances in the Amazon region came as the result of pressure from civil society and that, together with Latin American governments, there is now a need to hold the line against pressures to erode current protections.According to the report, pressure from international NGOs and independent monitoring organizations, and the implementation of compliance mechanisms, will be crucial in this process. Not least of all, the Chinese government, if it is to invest heavily in Latin America, will need to assume responsibility and a leadership role in safeguarding the environment and indigenous and traditional community rights, something that they, according to the authors, have previously shown themselves capable of doing.This means that governments and businesses must cooperate to not only ensure that infrastructure investment brings profit on the macro level, but they must also protect the Amazon and the living standards of people like Flavia on the micro level.Scientist Fearnside, when asked if he has hope for the Amazon’s future, responds: “I think it’s extremely dangerous to stop hoping.… It leads to fatalism and then you do nothing at all. Conversely, it’s just as dangerous to be too hopeful and imagine everything is heading towards the right direction, which also means you do not do anything. We must take a position in the middle that is constantly focused on action, whether you are a pessimist or not.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Looking at the Santo Antônio dam’s electrical generating facility from the Porto Velho city harbor. The Bolsonaro administration is sending signals that it will pursue an aggressive infrastructure construction policy upon taking over the government in January 2019. Image by Marcela Bonfim.last_img read more

NBA: Kings shock Cavs in overtime

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town It wasn’t the response James wanted to see when he called out teammates in the wake of their loss to New Orleans on Monday.READ: NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationFEATURED 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 returnHe notched his second triple-double in as many games with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but the champions lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.After the defeat by the Pelicans, James called the Cavaliers “top-heavy” intimating he, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love didn’t have a strong enough supporting cast. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives against Sacramento Kings’ Darren Collison during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. The Kings won 116-112 in overtime. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double but it wasn’t enough to stave off an upset as the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers fell 116-112 in overtime to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.After Aaron Afflalo’s three-pointer with 30.8 seconds left in overtime put Sacramento up 115-112, James missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining and Kings star DeMarcus Cousins capped the scoring with a free-throw with five seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Love scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Irving added 20 points, but the Cavaliers made just 17 of 34 free-throw attempts and they turned the ball over 18 times.Cousins led all-scorers with 28 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals for the Kings. Afflalo scored 14 and Darren Collison added 23.A layup by Collison with 35 seconds left in overtime put the Kings ahead 112-111 but Love split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 112-112.Afflalo responded with what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer.In a game in which each team led by as many as 10 points, Kyle Korver’s three-pointer with 7:43 remaining in regulation had put Cleveland up 97-87.But Sacramento scored 11 straight points. Cleveland still had a chance to win it in regulation, but James’s attempt to inbounds the ball to Love was thwarted by Cousins — who grabbed Love’s jersey but wasn’t whistled for a foul. CBBSports 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 De la Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that the team would handle their superstar’s outburst internally.“We talked to him and he understands, he understood and now we’re going to move on,” Lue said.General manager David Griffin was especially stung by James’s suggestion that the team wasn’t committed to retaining the title but said he had a “good conversation” with James.“The comment about the organization being complacent I think is really misguided,” Griffin said. “Organizationally there is absolutely no lack of clarity on what our goal set is. We are here to win championships and there is no other solution, there is no other outcome that is acceptable and there never has been.”But James won’t be soothed by Wednesday’s on-court performance.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victimslast_img read more

UP wins 2nd place in Shell Eco-marathon in Singapore

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The eight students from UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, led by King Marc Dimapilis on electronics and Johann Kenneth Alcantara on mechanics, bagged a prize of $2,000 (P100,400).Team “Dagisik,” a Filipino term for electron, also emerged as champions in the same category during the local version of the Shell Eco-marathon held in Pampanga last month.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 returnCONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Joseph Nair for ShellFifteen teams from 11 Philippine engineering schools competed against 109 teams from 19 other Asia-Pacific countries in this year’s Eco-marathon Asia, which gathered students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles.Each team must build one of two types of energy-efficient cars: the prototype, a futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicle; or UrbanConcept, a highly economical and innovative vehicle that resembles present cars. Teams must aim for the highest mileage with the least amount of energy used. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely La Salle posts 3rd straight win, beats struggling UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media The entries competed in three different categories based on selected energy source: internal combustion energy (gasoline, diesel, ethanol, gas to liquid fuel from natural gas or compressed natural gas); hydrogen fuel cell; and battery electric power.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Joseph Nair for ShellTeam Dagisik UP of the University of the Philippines-Diliman won 2nd place in the UrbanConcept battery electric category in the recently concluded Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Singapore.Dagisik’s energy-efficient vehicle posted a mileage result of 107 km/kWh, a point lower from that of Vietnam’s Lac Hong University which had the best record of 108 km/kWh. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember of Indonesia placed third with a result of 100 km/kWh.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Westbrook closes in on history with 40th triple-double

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dive for loose ball during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Russell Westbrook has a slice of NBA history in his sights, but his 40th triple-double of the season on Sunday didn’t translate into a win for his Oklahoma City Thunder.Westbrook scored 40 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in the 113-101 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot The Thunder guard is now one triple-double away from tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s single-season record of 41, set in 1961-62 for the Cincinnati Royals.READ: NBA: Thunder’s Westbrook eyes history, but Spurs get winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith six games left in the regular season, Westbrook can match the record when the Thunder host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.It was Westbrook’s first career triple-double against the Hornets. The only team left in the league that he has never posted a triple-double against is the Chicago Bulls. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Fajardo earns praise from Bolts import Stepheson Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu 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 ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The season’s top scorer notched his sixth straight triple-double, and his fifth straight featuring 30 or more points.But the playoff-bound Thunder endured a second straight defeat.Oklahoma City put authored an 11-1 scoring run to trim the Hornets’ lead to 102-91 with less than five minutes to play.Charlotte’s Cody Zeller converted a three-point play to slow the Thunder’s surge and they wouldn’t get the gap below 11 points from there. CBBADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Creamline tests Adamson-Akari

first_imgLaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Also beefing up Creamline is former MVP Mary Jean Balse.“Everyone’s beefing up to try and stop [champion] Pocari Sweat,” said commissioner Tony Boy Liao when he guested with PVL president Ricky Palou at Sports IQ Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s going to be a very competitive conference,” said Palou, who made a pitch for the men’s game: “Watch it live. It’s a great experience.”In the men’s division, defending champion Air Force battles Gamboa Coffee at 10 a.m. and Megabuilders tackle Army at 1 p.m. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Collegiate league top setter Jia Morado teams up with fellow Ateneo alumna Alyssa Valdez as Creamline parades a fortified team in Saturday’s inaugural of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Creamline tests its mettle against newcomer Adamson-Akari before Perlas-BanKo takes on Air Force in the double-header that starts at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Galang, Laure eyed for national pool Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

Kings land veteran free agents Zach Randolph, George Hill

first_imgMOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks After a rocky start to his career in Portland and New York, Randolph found himself in Memphis. He spent eight years with the Grizzlies, emerging as one of the central figures of the team’s “grit and grind” mantra.He helped Memphis make the playoffs the past seven years, including a trip to the conference final in 2013 when Joerger was an assistant. Joerger took over as head coach the following year and had three years with Randolph, including a trip to the second round in 2015.Randolph, who turns 36 later this month, averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season and is still considered one of the better post players in the game.He is expected to be a mentor for young big men like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles, one of the team’s three first-round picks last month.It’s quite a reversal for Randolph, who was considered a malcontent in need of mentoring when he arrived in Memphis in 2009 after failed tenures in Portland, New York and with the Los Angeles Clippers. But he grew into a leadership role with the Grizzlies and became a trusted veteran.ADVERTISEMENT I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs tries to strip Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies of the ball in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPThe Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Hill will be expected to provide similar traits in Sacramento, while grooming rookie point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III. The 31-year-old has spent nine years in the NBA with San Antonio, Indiana and Utah.He averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season for the Jazz, helping them make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He played only 49 games in the regular season because of various injuries.After going into the draft last month with no point guards on the roster, the Kings have invested heavily in the position the past two weeks. They took Fox fifth overall and then used their second-round pick on Mason.Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.Mason was a four-year player at Kansas and won numerous player-of-the-year awards last season, including from The Associated Press. He averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior and finished sixth all-time at Kansas in both points (1,885) and assists (576).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs ESPN first reported the agreement.Hill announced on Twitter that he was coming to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Kings started free agency with just two players on the roster who are not on their rookie contracts – guard Garrett Temple and center Kosta Koufos – and were seeking some proven players to provide stability. Sacramento went 30-52 last season, Joerger’s first year, and has not made the playoffs since 2006.The Kings hope the additions of Randolph and Hill will help change that. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit 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 End of his agony? 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The Wright View | That’s just not cricket

first_img However, Tridents skipper Kieron Pollard, who was bowling, overstepped the crease by a substantial margin, an obvious no-ball, thus denying young Lewis an opportunity to make history. My question is: Why? Could it just be one of those things in cricket, from a man who does not usually overstep the bowling crease, or is it as I think, just pure ‘bad mind?’ The term ‘it’s not cricket’ has become a fixture in the English language because this fascinating game, invented by the English, epitomised the very best in sportsmanship. These traits were part and parcel of the game, played originally by the gentry of ‘jolly old England’. Throughout history, cricket lovers have immortalised in memory, the many instances when sportsmanship trumped the innate desire of every athlete, ‘winning’. Every West Indian cricket fan remembers, with some amount of pride, the warning issued by our own Courtney Walsh, (now the coach of Bangladesh, a team that just defeated the mighty Australia in a Test match) when he could have easily run out a batsman in the 1987 World Cup. For those who are too young to remember, Courtney Walsh had an opportunity to run out Saleem Jaffar, a Pakistani batsman who was backing up too far, giving him a lifeline at a crucial stage of the match. A couple of overs later, Pakistan won the match off the last ball of the match. The basic decency and sportsmanship of this Jamaican icon saw him warn Jaffar, instead of trying to win at all costs. For that magnificent gesture, Courtney Walsh has been immortalised in the minds of cricket fans the world over, and to this day is still contributing to the relevance of the game. In 2010, Suraj Randiv denied Virender Sehwag a century in a One Day International between Sri Lanka and India in a similar manner to Pollard, bowling a no-ball. To this day, I am positive that Suraj Randiv is a virtual unknown in the annals of cricket, while Virender Sehwag and Courtney Walsh are remembered and revered. I do believe that Kieron Pollard’s act of ‘bad mind’ and poor sportsmanship will serve as an accelerant in ensuring that cricket aficionados forget this one-time West Indian cricketer. Dallas Green, a one-time manager of the American baseball team the Philadelphia Phillies, in the latter part of the 1970s said: “Given a choice of hiring a super talent with low character, or a person with above-average talent with high character, the wise executive chooses the latter. Honesty, integrity, responsibility, work ethic, courage and perseverance characterise life’s true winners”. By his actions on Sunday night, super talent Kieron Pollard was found wanting. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has reached the second stage of the competition, where the top four teams will play a series of matches to determine the 2017 winner. The top two teams in the competition, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the Trinbago Knight Riders will play, with the winners going straight through to the finals, and the loser playing the winner of the play-off between third-place finishers the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors for a place in the finals. The losers of the match between Guyana franchise and the Jamaican franchise will be immediately eliminated from the competition. The final match in the first round had the Patriots playing against the Barbados Tridents. The Patriots were already assured a place in the next round, and the Tridents still had a mathematical chance of qualifying, provided that they defeat the Patriots by 200 runs, a virtual impossibility in Twenty20 competitions. In the final match of the preliminary stage on Sunday, the Tridents posted a score of 128 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. The Patriots responded with T20 icon and legend Chris Gayle facing the entire six balls of the first over, scoring eight runs. After that, Chris faced about eight more balls as his opening partner Erwin Lewis rushed to 50 from 19 balls, a CPL record. He then shared in a first-wicket stand of 105 in the first six overs with Gayle. Phenomenal, and another CPL record. Soon, the Patriots required one run to win, and Lewis need three runs to post the fastest 100 in CPL history and the second-fastest in T20 history. PURE ‘BAD MIND’last_img read more