Parks scores 30, Alab Pilipinas posts first win in ABL

first_imgSenators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Wesley Hsu paced Kaohsiung, which reeled to 0-3, with 23 points.With a 1-1 record, Alab Pilipinas rose to third in the standings behind the undefeated Slingers (3-0) and league first-timer Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (2-0).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageAlab Pilipinas drew another stat-stuffing showing from Ray Parks to turn back newcomer Kaohsiung Truth, 92-81, for its first win in the Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Star Arena in Baliuag, Bulacan.Parks dazzled anew with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks to lead the Philippines, which bounced back from a 71-66 home loss to Singapore last week in Biñan, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT Tabal claims 4th crown; Agravante nails men’s title Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports READ: Visiting Slingers spoil Parks, Alab Pilipinas’ ABL debutThe 23-year-old Parks, a two-time UAAP MVP out of National University, has been doing it all for Alab Pilipinas averaging 24.5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 blocks in his first two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAsean import Lawrence Domingo added 21 points on a hot-shooting night while Korean-American import Seung Jun Lee nearly had a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds for the Philippines.Former University of the Philippines point guard Mikee Reyes made his debut for the Truth. He scored 14 points. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Research finds humans across the globe have microplastics in their stool

first_imgAnimals, Environment, Health, Marine Animals, Microplastics, Nature And Health, Plastic, Pollution, Public Health, Research, Wildlife Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria monitored eight people in eight different countries and found that every single stool sample collected tested positive for the presence of microplastics.Food processing and plastic food packaging are major sources of microplastics in human diets. Microplastics can also enter the human food chain via marine animals that people consume — significant amounts of microplastics have been found in lobster, shrimp, and tuna, for instance.The researchers found 9 different types of plastic in the human stools they tested — shipped to Vienna in plastic-free containers to be screened at the Environment Agency Austria — with an average of 20 microplastic particles ranging in size from 50 to 500 micrometres found in every 10 grams of stool. A study conducted with participants from across the globe found that every single stool sample collected tested positive for the presence of microplastics.Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria monitored eight people in eight different countries — Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the UK — and presented their findings at the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week held in Vienna late last month.Microplastics are small plastic fragments that are less than 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inches) in length. Sources of microplastic pollution in Earth’s environment include cosmetics, clothing, and a variety of other products; they can also be created when larger pieces of plastic, like water and soda bottles or plastic bags, are released into the environment and subsequently break down into smaller pieces through natural weathering processes.A 2015 study found that about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way from land into Earth’s oceans every year. Scientists are studying the effect this plastic pollution has on marine animals and ecosystems — for instance, research released earlier this year found that microplastic particles can block nutrient absorption and damage the digestive tracts of filter-feeding marine life, while the toxins and persistent organic pollutants found in plastic can change biological processes such as growth and reproduction and even lead to decreased fertility as it accumulates in the bodies of marine wildlife over time.Food processing and plastic food packaging are major sources of microplastics in human diets. Microplastics can also enter the human food chain via marine animals that people consume — significant amounts of microplastics have been found in lobster, shrimp, and tuna, for instance.Dr. Philipp Schwabl, who led the research presented at UEG Week, said he started to wonder how microplastics might be impacting humans after reading about the staggering increase of plastic pollution and high microplastic burden in sea animals. “Many people assume that microplastics are likely to be present also in humans,” he told Mongabay. “However, I couldn’t find any study proving this hypothesis. Thus, I was eager to initiate such an investigation.”While he cautions that it’s necessary to be mindful of the small sample size of the study — just eight participants — Schwabl said he found the results eye-opening nonetheless. “Personally, I did not expect that each sample would be tested positive.”In total, Schwabl and team found 9 different types of plastic in the human stools they tested — shipped to Vienna in plastic-free containers to be screened at the Environment Agency Austria — with an average of 20 microplastic particles ranging in size from 50 to 500 micrometres found in every 10 grams of stool. Polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) were the most common types of plastic found, present in all eight samples.Each study participant kept a food diary for a week before submitting their stool sample and, according to the researchers, the diaries showed that all eight participants were probably exposed to microplastics when they ate foods wrapped in plastic or drank from plastic bottles. None of the participants refrained from eating meat during the study period. Six reported eating seafood.In a statement, Schwabl said of the research and its findings: “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut. Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases.”So far, however, there haven’t been any studies examining the health implications of people being exposed to microplastics through their diet. “Indeed, it is a very important question and we are planning further investigations to elucidate the effects of microplastics on human health,” Schwabl told Mongabay. “However, animal studies exist which show that microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver. Furthermore, in animal studies it has been shown that microplastics may cause intestinal damage, remodelling of the intestinal villi, distortion of iron absorption and hepatic stress.”Schwabl said that more studies are needed to determine exactly how ingesting microplastics might affect people: “Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health. … [T]he more samples we get the better our understanding will be for human microplastics ingestion and once the sample size is bigger we might find additional correlations between microplastics contamination and place of residence or diets and lifestyle.”Microplastic poses a growing concern in oceans and other aquatic habitat. Now it has been found in human stools, though the implications for human health are not yet well understood. Photo by 5Gyres, courtesy of Oregon State University, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.CITATIONS• Germanov, E. S., Marshall, A. D., Bejder, L., Fossi, M. C., & Loneragan, N. R. (2018). Microplastics: No small problem for filter-feeding megafauna. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.01.005• Jambeck, J. R., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T. R., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., … & Law, K. L. (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science, 347(6223), 768-771. doi:10.1126/science.1260352• Schwabl et al. (2018). Assessment of microplastic concentrations in human stool. Presentation, UEG Week.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: 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. 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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? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Conservation couture: Batik artisans make rhinos a fashion statement

first_imgCampaigners in Indonesia have blended rhino conservation with artisanal batik production to raise awareness about saving the critically endangered species.Under a program started by a conservationist, local batik designers are incorporating rhino motifs into the hand-dyed textiles, in the hope that this will get the public thinking about rhinos.There may be as few as 30 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, following decades of poaching, habitat loss, and climate-induced forest fragmentation. LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Campaigners in Indonesia are using the country’s celebrated batik-making tradition to get people to think about the Sumatran rhinoceros, a species on the brink of extinction.The critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is the only living species of Dicerorhinus, the most primitive rhino genus, which evolved 15 million to 20 million years ago and includes the prehistoric woolly rhino in its ranks.Habitat loss, climate-induced habitat fragmentation, and poaching have significantly slashed the species’ population, with estimates today ranging from 30 to 100 individuals. One of their last strongholds is Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra’s Lampung province, where a captive-breeding program is underway to shore up the flagging wild population.Lampung is also home to a rich tradition of making batik, a form of hand-dyeing textiles in which the parts not being dyed are masked with beeswax. It was Elly Lestari Rustiati, a rhino expert at Lampung University, who came up with the idea of marrying the two concepts of conservation and batik. Rhino conservation awareness through art isn’t new; in India, artisanal wood-carvers make intricately crafted statuettes of the greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) that live in Kaziranga National Park.So Elly introduced her idea to a local batik-making community, touting it as adding value to the textiles that they already produce, alongside the awareness-raising benefits.A woman in Indonesia’s Lampung province dyes batik cloth that features a motif of the region’s Sumatran rhinos. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Motifs are a central part of any batik textile, and are unique to the region in which it’s made. For the Lampung batik, it was only natural that the motif would be rhinos.“They were eager and very excited to learn” how to make the rhino motifs, Elly said of the participants, adding that she helped provide information about the species’ characteristics to help them with their depictions of the two-horned animals.It wasn’t as easy a task as it seemed, said Hidayatullah, 31, the owner of the Andanan Batik store in Lampung’s Pesawaran district.“It was difficult at first. [The motif] didn’t look like a Sumatran rhino,” he said.He said his initial attempts ended up looking more like the one-horned Javan rhinoceros, another critically endangered species native to Indonesia. But Hidayatullah persisted, and today his textiles bear the proud silhouettes of little Sumatran rhinos, as well as faithful reproductions of some of the plants the animal feeds on.Hidayatullah said his determination to get the process right was inspired by his child’s interest in learning more about the creature taking shape amid the wax coatings on the textiles. As part of his education, the batik maker visited the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas to study the distinctive outline of the animal.Getting the artisans to come up with motifs that did justice to the two-horned Sumatran rhino was difficult at first, with early results resembling the one-horned Javan rhino. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Elly said she hoped the rhino batik would help raise awareness of rhino conservation, given the ubiquity of batik throughout Indonesia. “Hopefully for the batik makers in Lampung this initiative will be a mix between cultural and scientific values. That way, the community’s batik works will have added value and their own uniqueness,” she said.The popularity of the rhino motif has caught on. In neighboring East Lampung district, local designers stamp out hundreds of sheets of the special batik each month, some of which have been fashioned into uniforms for district officials.An artisan of the old school, Hidayatullah eschews the mass-printing model and instead makes his batik to order. (As a marketer of the new school, he promotes his work through Instagram.) He sells a sheet of rhino-motif batik, measuring 1.2 by 2.2 meters (47 by 87 inches) for 300,000 rupiah ($21), and a ready-to-wear batik shirt for 450,000 rupiah ($32).“There’s a special pride that I feel from helping introduce this rhino to the whole world through batik,” Hidayatullah said.A female Sumatran rhino with her calf in Way Kambas, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Jan. 31, 2019.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. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Megafauna, Poaching, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Wildlife 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 Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

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Serena eyes challenge of post-baby comeback

first_imgWilliams, who announced her engagement to Reddit social media site co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December, revealed Wednesday that she is having a baby, in a Snapchat photo with the caption “20 weeks.”If her timing was precise, it would mean Williams won the Australian Open, her 23rd Grand Slam crown to set an Open Era record, without dropping a set on January — while eight weeks pregnant.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 returnREAD: Serena Williams expecting baby this yearIt would also mean she could give birth during the US Open, which begins on August 28. MOST READ Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, told AFP only that Serena “is expecting a baby this fall” and “looks forward to returning in 2018.”After the flurry of well-wishes, a question quickly came to the fore: can Williams, who turns 36 in September, return from having her first child and overtake Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns?Moreover — would she even want to?READ: Serena beats Venus to win record 23rd Slam title“This is another one of those ultimate challenges for Serena Williams, say around the age of 37, to try and tie Margaret Court,” said Pam Shriver, a 1980s US tennis star-turned-commentator for ESPN.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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte ‘Anything is possible’While former rival Lindsay Davenport and onetime world number one Tracy Austin question her motivation to return after motherhood, Serena should have her chance to join the select group of mom Slam winners, and match Court’s all-time mark, sometime in 2018.“Anything is possible,” Shriver said. “A lot of it is up to Serena, how fit is she going to stay during the pregnancy.”Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed almost a full year due to a pulmonary embolism.She won her next major at Wimbledon in 2012, launching a run of four Slam wins in six tries that set up “Serena Slam II” from the 2013 US Open through 2015 Wimbledon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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What she has done in her 30s is more than any other tennis player.”Court was 29 when she gave birth to son Daniel in 1972 and the next year captured her final three Grand Slam titles, sweeping the Australian, French and US Open crowns.FighterWilliams has not backed down from challenges, injuries, age, controversy and tragedy in becoming the face of women’s tennis for most of the past two decades.She grew up in the crime-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Compton, learning the game she would come to dominate from her father Richard and practicing mainly against her older sister Venus.READ: Serena Williams shakes off rust for comeback winThey shunned the typical junior development circuit for work on their own, Venus drawing laughs when she said she expected to battle her sister for world number one — only to be proven correct in epic fashion.Serena’s storied WTA Tour career began at age 14 in 1995 in Quebec City.She then stunned top-ranked Martina Hingis to capture the 1999 US Open at age 17 for her first Grand Slam title, becoming only the second African-American woman to win a major crown after Althea Gibson.READ: Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founderWith success, though, came controversy. (FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 2016 shows Serena Williams of the US reacting after winning a point against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.Tennis great Serena Williams hinted April 19, 2017 that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned “20 weeks”. The photo, captured by US media, shows Williams in a yellow swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.Williams, 35, hasn’t played since beating her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERTSerena Williams has spent her career defying the odds, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles and becoming the oldest world number one at age 35.But now she will face perhaps the ultimate challenge — making a comeback after motherhood.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town In 2001 at Indian Wells, fans jeered Venus defaulting a semi-final to her younger sister and booed Serena in the subsequent final, which she won.Serena boycotted the event until 2015 as a result of the treatment, her father insisting racist remarks were made to him by spectators. ‘Serena Slam’Williams began the first “Serena Slam” in 2002 with wins at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open and finished the feat at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating Venus in all four finals to join Court, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Maureen Connolly as the only women to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously.Her run ended with a loss to Justine Henin in the French Open semi-finals, but she rebounded to win Wimbledon before undergoing quadriceps surgery to miss the US Open.Tragedy then struck in September 2003 when her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Serena took eight months off before making a triumphant 2004 return at Miami.READ: History beckons for Serena, Venus in the wayShe overcame a left knee injury to win the 2008 US Open at a time when tennis stardom took a back seat to other interests — fashion design, television and music.A penalty point for yelling profanity at a lineswoman cost her a 2009 US Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters, who would go on to win the 2009 US Open and two more major titles.Clijsters become the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Australia’s Evonne Goolagong in 1980 at Wimbledon. Court was the only other mom to win a Slam. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View comments WATCH: Bucks introduce Raptors players with ‘Barney’ theme songlast_img read more

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Neil’s huge save

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Neil Etheridge elevates to thwart an attack on the Walsall goal by Shrewsbury Town in England’s League One.Neil Etheridge kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel as he talked with passion and pride, his baritone reverberating inside the car.The drive from Walsall, where he was playing his club football then, to London, where he was based, took three hours. Just a few minutes after League One side Walsall’s frustrating 0-1 loss to Macclesfield Town in an FA Cup game, Etheridge was in the mood for a talk on that cold November night.ADVERTISEMENT “I stayed on Chris’ couch for three weeks,” Neil recalls. “Probably the toughest time of my life. I had no job and was nowhere close to getting the deal that I wanted. My savings [were] running out. I was really depressed and Chris was one of those friends who helped me get through that tough time.”Neil and Chris have been good friends since their days together at Fulham.Left with little option, Neil took a massive pay cut. He needed an opportunity and Charlton gave him his chance to be seen by other clubs. That stint led to a deal with Walsall, a League One side with a loyal fan base, which he nearly led to promotion to the Championship a year ago.“When you’re a player for a Premier League team, it’s easy to live in the moment, spend money and have that feeling that this career is never going to end,” says Neil, who had one Europa League appearance for Fulham. “But losing that job and dropping to the lower leagues will make you work harder and think about your future.”Etheridge went on to play 81 matches for Walsall, compiling a highlight reel of spectacular performances.Etheridge’s story takes extra significance on July 1 as he completes his lucrative move to Cardiff City, a Championship side, based in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is looking to make a push for a place in the Premier League, and manager Neil Warnock has tipped Etheridge to be a key player in their drive back to the Premiership for the first time since 2014.The impending transfer was the reason why Etheridge had to skip the Philippines’ “friendly” against China, as well as the Asian Cup Qualifying match against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday.“I have always put the Azkals first, but this is such a big move going to Cardiff and for once I have to step back and put my career first,” he says. “This contract is surreal to me. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”Taking into account the lessons of the past, trust Neil to make the most out of this massive opportunity. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Neil knew he could have done better, but he’d also been playing the game long enough not to worry about things that were beyond his control. Make no mistake about it, he’s all about winning. But Neil knew he couldn’t get too harsh on himself, too, with every defeat.The drive is still Neil’s routine after each game. A day before the match, he travels to Walsall and stays in a hotel to prepare for the weekend game. During the season, he’s at the training ground at 9 a.m. and lifts weights in the afternoon.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 groundNeil’s focus and attention to detail in an effort to become the best player he can be has always been impressive ever since he started playing for the Philippines in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in Iloilo. Sure, he’s a specimen at 6 feet 3, but the swagger which has highlighted his early days with the Azkals has been replaced by an unmistakeable assurance and maturity.Neil, whose mother, Merlinda Dula, hails from Tarlac, wasn’t always this way. He loved the spotlight and the parties, but these things don’t excite him much anymore. Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player PLAY LIST 01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player01:32Neil Etheridge on PH reaching the Asian Cup for the first time00:55Neil Etheridge on his decision to not hold a soccer academy in PH this past summer01:40Filipinos 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 Remember Mario Manubay? China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img “I’ve mellowed,” Neil tells the Inquirer. Neil’s answer begged another question: What happened? “Going jobless for a few months can do that to you. It makes you appreciate things that you have now,” he replies.Three years ago, Neil thought about quitting the sport altogether. Neil was released by Fulham at the end of the 2014 season. But the timing of the release was awful because he had just aggravated an injury. Worse, he was left out by Azkals coach Thomas Dooley from the Peace Cup lineup, along with Stephan Schrock.Neil sent out a tweet in response to his omission and that didn’t sit well with Dooley. “It was a really emotional time for me and I was hoping I could get a call-up for the national team so I could play and at the same time take my mind away from the struggle of looking for a club,” the keeper says.Etheridge had been a reliable No. 1 for the Azkals. He’d been part of almost every major victory of the team since the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam. “But that (call-up) didn’t happen and I felt hurt,” he says. “It’s all in the past now.”Neil stayed at Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s place as he tried out for several clubs. Those clubs weren’t ready to give him the deal that he enjoyed at Fulham, which was just relegated to the Championship.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View commentslast_img read more

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McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday, June 14, 2017, he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)SINGAPORE — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things.McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest.ADVERTISEMENT “Keep doubting us. We love it,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an interview Friday with Sports News Television. “The human element of sport is that anything can happen.”Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after winning all his 49 professional fights as a boxer, is back in training at age 40 after accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse from the mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight.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 ground“These are two world-class combat sport athletes,” Attar said. “Yes they come from different disciplines. Yes there are going to be different rules, so it’s going to be confined within those set of rules and we understand that. But I don’t think you can take away from (McGregor’s) ability, his power, his reach, his … all these different attributes that I think he will bring to the table.”Las Vegas oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favorite when the fight — scheduled for 12 rounds in Las Vegas at 154 pounds in a boxing ring and under boxing rules — was announced. Pinoy windsurfers bag gold in RS: One World Championships in Vietnam For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor, the wildly popular UFC star, is 21-3 in UFC fights, and is coming off a win in November against Eddie Alvarez. Although he hasn’t boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise.“Floyd’s been an amazing tactician in term of his quickness, his ability to get in there, his ability to elude punches,” Attar said. “But I think on Aug. 26, I’m bullish on the idea that that’s going to change and he is going to meet someone that is going to have the physical attributes that will potentially catch him and be that one, 49-1.”Attar said Mayweather was arguably the greatest boxer of all time, “but there’s some things that he hasn’t faced before and Conor brings those … unique differentiation attributes and strategies.“Both of their styles will cause them to engage differently than Floyd’s other competitors before Conor. And in my opinion, that’s going to yield a different result.“I’m more confident on the idea that we’re gonna be that one. 49 and one.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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LOOK: Cristiano Ronaldo introduces his twins

first_imgRonaldo, 32, shared a photo of him cradling his nurslings, who were born from a surrogate mother, on his social media pages on Thursday. Although Ronaldo has yet to confirm his twins’ identities, Portuguese news sites revealed that the twin boy was named Mateo, while the girl was named Eva, according to TMZ.“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he captioned his photo.His first son, Cristiano Jr., was also born from a surrogate mother in 2010. Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s girlfriend, model Georgina Rodriguez, is gossiped to be expecting a child as well.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESCristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid – bossRonaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New ZealandADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finaleSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos 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 Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash LATEST STORIES Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation View comments ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed “two new loves of my life.” McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

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Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao

first_imgMOST READ Pacquiao, who is defending his WBO welterweight belt, is the heavy favorite against the unbeaten and unheralded challenger in Horn.The 38-year-old Pacquiao got 46 percent in INQUIRER.net Twitter poll that garnered a total of 1,467 votes.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’However, 30 percent don’t seem to care about the fight, picking neither fighters, while the remaining 24 percent are rooting for Horn.Pacquiao holds a record of 59 wins against four losses and two draws with 38 knockouts while Horn’s card stands at 16-0-1, 11 KOs. The INQUIRER.net Twitter poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Battle of Brisbane: Mosley Jr. disappoints, Toussaint stays unbeaten Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowds End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentscenter_img LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks It’s no surprise that more followers are rallying behind Manny Pacquiao to beat hometown bet Jeff Horn in their world title fight billed as “Battle of Brisbane” Sunday in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastationlast_img read more

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Ricketts: We can do a good job

first_imgNew Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Michael Ricketts, says there will be no honeymoon period for his administration after he was elected to local football’s top post at the annual general meeting and voting congress at the JFF secretariat yesterday. However, he revealed that he is fully aware of the challenges facing the federation and he is confident the personnel within the ranks can move Jamaica’s football forward. “This is no honeymoon and I am very much aware of the challenges that we will face going forward. But I am absolutely sure that we have the machinery, we have the personnel that will do the repair job that is necessary,” he said. Ricketts said in the absence of the late Captain Horace Burrell many things went quiet, but insists they are ready to move again and take the sport forward. “We feel we have the full support of the board of directors and I hope we have a very positive impact going forward, and from what we have seen, there are good things on the horizon. We cannot speak of any particular arrangement, but we are working and we do hope that in short order, we will see positive change,” he said. Throughout the campaign, Ricketts’ opponent, Stewart Stephenson, received popular support. However, the new president said life is about proving your detractors wrong and he and his administration will be working to prove his doubters wrong. “Who am I that I should have no detractors? This is an election and not everybody can vote for you in an election so you are going to have detractors. So now we must work and prove our detractors wrong. We have a mandate from our directors and we will be fulfilling our mandate … and with the staff we have, plus the directors, we are pretty confident we can do a good job,” he continued. “I am a parish president and I know the challenges of the presidents, and based on my experience and the number of times I was exposed by the late Captain Burrell, I believe I have the credentials and the support to do well. But we must work together as a family in the interest of building football. We must work with the parish presidents and improve the support to the parish and once you improve support to the parishes you will improve your team and administrators. “But each component of the game will be addressed under this new administration – refereeing, coaching and administration. And we must end up with a better product, because once we have a product of high quality, then we become more marketable,” he reasoned.last_img read more

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Orville Higgins | Waiting for that WCup buzz

first_img Luddy would tell us how he had heard that Zico could kick the ball from one spot on the centre circle and it travelled all the way round and came back to him! He would tell us how Socrates could control the ball on his chest so well that sometimes it stuck there! The more bizarre the stories, the more we used to gather around him, spellbound by his almost daily repertoire of Brazilian stories. The day when Italy beat Brazil 3-2, I was worried that Luddy would commit suicide. Maradona ended the tournament in disgrace, but I had seen enough of his mercurial talent to know he would create waves. I couldn’t wait for the ’86 tournament, where Diego dazzled. He became my first non-cricket hero. Luddy now started to hate Diego only because he had surpassed the Brazilians, and he couldn’t convince anyone anymore about those wacky Brazilian tales. To this day, he won’t admit it, though. By 1990, I was a student at Church Teachers’ College. I remember hurrying out of exams to watch games. Sometimes I would take two hours to do a three-hour paper just so I could catch the kick-off. My classmates thought I was crazy. I probably was, or I was unknowingly preparing for my later profession. I argued long and hard with my college friends about that Argentina vs Brazil game where Claudio Cannigia scored after getting that pass (right-footed, by the way) from Maradona. Brazil, they said, played much better. I did not agree. I took on the whole college. My argument was simple: you cannot play better than a team and lose. We still have that argument almost 30 years later! The World Cup was more fascinating for us then because we didn’t see the footballers on TV as readily as we do now. The amount of club football being shown now has taken away from the World Cup experience for me. There is no more mystery about what a player can do. It was the World Cup we used to settle arguments about who the best players were. Nowadays, we hear that Champions League performances must carry greater weight than World Cup performances. We have become almost too familiar with the players. I will watch of course. Do not get me wrong. But now, I will watch the way you watch your favourite actor in his new movie. You do it out of the need to be entertained, not with the kind of breathless anticipation that I used to feel back in the day. Maybe I have simply grown up! – Orville Higgins is a sportscaster and talk-show host. LUDDY’S STORIES Maybe the promotional campaigns have not been good enough in both the local and overseas media. Maybe I was too caught up with the NBA playoffs and my mind has not yet made the mental switch over to football. Maybe I have watched (and been part of) too many World Cup discussions, and now I simply want the action to get underway. Maybe I am simply getting old. For some reason, the World Cup bug hasn’t quite bitten yet. I am waiting for that adrenaline rush to take over when I think about the tournament in Russia. It is not happening, and I am not sure why. Maybe I should not be questioning this. Maybe as time passes we all get less excited about certain events. Do we feel the same buzz about Christmas or birthdays at 40 as we did at 20? Should we? Maybe not. Maybe as we get older some of us adopt an “I have seen it all before” position on most things and, therefore, find it hard to feel the same level of excitement. Maybe it is unreasonable to expect that I will feel the same way about World Cups now as I did way back in the 1980s. In the build-up to the 1982 tournament, I was a mere lad, but for some reason, I remember reading with interest anything that involved Diego Maradona. He fascinated me. Not many people talk about it, but Maradona was then quite a handsome dude with an aura about him. Like the Michael Jackson of the early 1980s, Maradona grabbed my interest not just with his talent, but also his captivating image. Everybody around me was saying Brazil. Everywhere you turned, people were saying that the team with Zico and Socrates and Eder and Falcao were simply too good to lose. Maybe all that talk about Brazil made me want them to lose. In looking back now, I may have been fixated on Maradona only because I saw him as the one who would beat Brazil and shut up my neighbours. There was a fellow in my first-form class at Mannings High who used to tell us all kinds of fanciful stories about that 1982 Brazil team. God alone knows where he got his stories from. Ludlow Spence, you need to tell us where you got that over active imagination.last_img read more

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