Leicester duo competing with Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

first_imgLeicester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) attempts a shot on goal during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester City and FC Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on October 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFPARIS — Leicester forwards Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will try to break the domination of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player.The stars of Leicester’s surprise English Premier League title are among 30 players announced Monday as candidates for the prize presented by France Football magazine.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 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 France Football has reverted to the traditional vote of journalists only for an award it first made in 1956. The winner will be announced in mid-December, the magazine said.FIFA will continue to present its own world’s best player award — voted by national team coaches and captains plus media — in January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK Five-time winner Messi and three-time winner Ronaldo are the only previous winners nominated for a prize that is no longer linked to FIFA.Luis Suarez and Neymar complete a full Barcelona forward line on the list, though Champions League winner Real Madrid has the most nominees with six, including Wales winger Gareth Bale.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentEuropean Championship winner Portugal has Ronaldo plus goalkeeper Rui Patricio and defender Pepe.Copa America winner Chile has only Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal listed, and two Africans are nominated: Algeria’s Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund. Joshua-Klitschko proposed heavyweight fight is off 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Jalalon wants to play for Cone, Ginebra

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Jalalon is also a good friend of Gin Kings rookie Scotte Thompson. The two had many battles in the NCAA when Thompson was still starring for University of Perpetual Help.“Pagkatapos nung championship nila nag-usap kami. Sabi ko nga sobrang swerte nga niya, nag-champion siya kahit hindi siya nag-champion sa Ginebra. Sabi nga niya, sana mapunta daw ako doon.”Ginebra won the PBA crown last week, ending the franchise’s eight-year title-drought.And like Jalalon, who opted to forego his final year with Arellano, Thompson failed to win a championship in the NCAA.Jalalon and former Far Eastern University forward Mac Belo are the projected top two picks in the draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA teams looking at ‘best available talent’ in Rookie draft 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capascenter_img 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 Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway PBA Draft Combine MVP Jio Jalalon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhether he’s the top overall pick or not, Jio Jalalon wouldn’t mind where he falls in the Special PBA Rookie Draft.“Hindi ko rin talaga iniisip. Kung sakali mang mag-number one or mag-number two, hindi ko na iniisip yon. Kung ano man ibigay sakin okay lang kung saan ako mapupunta,” Jalalon, who is part of the Gilas pool, said.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK But when asked which team does he want to play for, the explosive point guard didn’t hold back.“Gusto ko mag-Ginebra,” he told reporters during the 2016 PBA Draft Combine Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe 24-year-old Jalalon said he has always wanted to play for Ginebra coach Tim Cone.“Gusto ko si coach Tim Cone talaga. Nung pagpunta ko sa college, lagi akong nanonood, Purefoods pa dati.” Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manilalast_img read more

Roger Federer says he hopes to play 2 or 3 more years

first_imgTaiwan 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 The 35-year-old Federer said Friday he’s not sure of the form he’ll produce upon his return, but that retirement isn’t part of his thought process.“Only when I get asked do I think of things like this,” said Federer, who has 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the most of any male player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I don’t see it like this, that this could be my last Australian trip, even though it might very well be,” he added. “I’m really positive. I took these six months off so I would be playing for hopefully another two to three years, not just another six months or so. So my mindset is for the long-term.”Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam singles title since Wimbledon in 2012, and with his injury, has slipped to No. 16 in the world rankings. Roger Federer of Switzerland answers questions at a press conference following his semifinal loss to to Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. AP FILE PHOTOPERTH, Australia—Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another three or four years and that his “mind-set is for the long-term” in assessing his tennis future.Federer, who has not played since re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee at Wimbledon in July, will make his tournament return in the Jan. 1-7 Hopman Cup team event at Perth, representing Switzerland with Belinda Bencic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ “Winning titles is a beautiful feeling, rankings at the moments … completely secondary,” Federer said Friday. “As long as I’m healthy and injury free I think I can really do some damage.”Federer and Bencic begin play against Britain, represented by Heather Wilson and Dan Evans, on Monday night at Perth Arena.Defending champions Australia, represented by Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios, begin play Sunday night against Spain.Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock take on Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka and Adam Pavlasek earlier Sunday in the men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles format.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Gorayeb eyes Lady Stags’ improvement more than sweep We are younglast_img read more

Protected landscape across India-Bhutan border a refuge for wildlife during armed conflict

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasgupta From the late 1980s until 2003, ethno-political violence rocked Manas National Park (MNP), home to Bengal tigers and Indian rhinos, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.But a shared border between the park and Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) helped the wildlife find refuge from the human presence. Since the end of the unrest, MNP has managed to preserve its overall animal diversity, according to a new study.Extensive camera-trapping exercise across the three ranges of the park have confirmed the presence of 25 mammalian species, including threatened species such as clouded leopards, Asian elephants, Indian hog deer, and swamp deer. From the late 1980s until 2003, recurring ethno-political violence rocked Manas National Park, a protected area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, in the Himalayan foothills. The conflict changed the park’s spread and abundance of wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).But Manas’s continuity with Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) has helped shelter and preserve its overall wildlife diversity, according to a new study published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.The study looked at the state of wild mammals in the aftermath of the unrest, and underscored the importance of landscape connectivity for giving a fighting chance to species to survive in the face of conflicts and other disturbances, said lead author M. Firoz Ahmed, a scientist with the NGO Aaranyak.Manas National Park (MNP), flanking the banks of the gurgling Manas River, abuts with RMNP in the north and forms an integral part of the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA), an India-Bhutan partnership promoting landscape-level ecosystem management.“If we model our conservation areas in such a way so that animals can move during disturbances and then they can move back to reoccupy their home ranges or territories, then we have a chance to keep the biodiversity intact,” Ahmed told Mongabay-India.The TraMCA, conceived by officials from the forest departments of Assam and Bhutan and partnering NGOs, is now a model for the international conservation community and is being mainstreamed by both the Indian and Bhutan governments, Ahmed said.Map of the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TRaMCA). Image by Aaranyak.The study resulted from an extensive camera-trapping exercise across the three ranges of the MNP: Panbari, Bansbari and Bhuyanpara. It was only in 2017 that surveys could be undertaken simultaneously across all three ranges of MNP.The surveys confirmed the presence of 25 mammalian species photo-captured in MNP, 13 of them threatened under the IUCN Red List. These include clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), Indian hog deer (Hyelaphus porcinus), and swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii).The camera traps detected “almost all mammalian species expected to occur in the region,” with the exception of sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) and fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus), the authors write. The connectivity of the protected areas within TraMCA seems to have helped.“The contiguity within TraMCA … certainly has a positive effect contributing to the repopulation of large carnivores in the aftermath of the conflict as RMNP has acted as a refuge for the animals displaced by disturbances in MNP,” the authors add.In fact, tigers seem to be making a comeback in the landscape. Tiger numbers are estimated to have increased from 14 in 2011-2012, to 21 in 2016. Park officials put the latest figure at 31 as per preliminary findings.Ahmed said that although there was some population loss in this process — that is, some animals in the new host area may die from fighting, starvation or other factors when they move — connectivity must be incorporated when planning conservation, especially for protected areas.A camera trap image of a clouded leopard at Manas National Park, Assam. Image by Manas Tiger Reserve, Aaranyak and Panthera.Manas National Park, spread across 500 square kilometers (193 square miles) of forest and grassland, is a World Heritage Site, harboring threatened species such as tigers, elephants, Indian rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) and pygmy hogs.The national park is also part of the core zone of the 2,837-square-kilometer (1,095-square-mile) Manas Tiger Reserve, and now buzzes with both domestic and international tourists eager to train their cameras on the tigers as well as the rhinos, wild buffalos (Bubalus arnee) and the blink-and-you-miss-them beautiful birds.The park saw turbulent days from the 1980s until 2003 following the demand for a separate Bodoland territory in the state. (Bodos are the largest tribal group in Assam.)“During this period the population of Indian rhino was poached out, necessitating a reintroduction program to repopulate the park,” said study co-author Dipankar Lahkar, a doctoral student at Assam University.The conflict severely hampered the protection mechanisms in place in the park.“The park protection in Bhuyapara and Panbari were nearly non-existent during and after until 2004-05 when it started picking up,” Ahmed said. “Panbari is still volatile but it is better than it was a decade back. With no protection, the park natural resources became open to fringe villagers and also to poachers or hunters, including small-scale hunters and subsistence bushmeat hunters. Other than direct killing all these led to human disturbance in a habitat forcing animals to move away.”H.K. Sarma, another co-author of the study and field director of MNP, said it had been daunting for foresters to restore protections for the park.“When protection in the Manas National Park was re-established around 2003-04 there was hardly any infrastructure in the Bhuyapara and Panbari range,” Sarma told Mongabay-India. “Due to the frequent attacks on camps by miscreants and killing of staff members, frontline staff were compelled to stay away from their camps [for] over one and half decades.”Manas park rangers patrolling the landscape on elephants. Image by H.K. Sarma/Manas National Park.The Panbari and Bhuyanpara ranges bore the brunt of the conflict, forcing the animals into the Bansbari range.The park falls under the Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTAD) that was carved out in western Assam following the resolution of the conflict in 2003 with the formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which provides a certain degree of autonomy to the Bodo people in this area.Sarma credits his predecessors who worked hard with the BTC and NGOs to progressively establish protection and motivate communities to come forward to conserve Manas.Lauding the effort behind the study, Maan Barua, a cultural and environmental geographer from the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the analysis, said the takeaway from Manas was that it was difficult to practice conservation outside of sociopolitics.“The prevalence of biodiversity is often a political economic and political ecological question,” Barua told Mongabay-India. “Abundance is key and the long-term success of the Manas project will be reflected by whether the model in the future delivers social justice and allows for species, whose abundance has decreased, to come back. Efforts like this can only help the cause.”Camera traps divulge statusOn analyzing data from the camera traps, the researchers of the new study discovered that in the Bhuyapara and Bansbari ranges, which have been conflict-free since 2003, most species were spread out uniformly. In Panbari, where the conflict continued until 2016, they are either scant or are distributed far in the interiors, on the border of the RMNP.The photographs also revealed that carnivores, such as tigers, are more mobile in Panbari and move frequently, so they are photographed more often.“This means that there are fewer prey animals in Panbari due to the longer disturbance period and the carnivores are moving more and spending more energy to locate prey and hunt,” Ahmed said. “The long conflict has led to reduced number of prey animals in the Panbari range and has not yet built up their population in the range like Bansbari and Bhuyapara [which have been] relatively peaceful during the last one decade or more.”Over the last few years, though, prey populations seem to have started building up in the Panbari range, except for large mammals like sambar, gaur and buffalo, which were mapped in significantly low numbers compared to other species, the authors said.“This further indicates that while villagers were avoiding the Panbari range due to presence of armed militants and security forces operating around, large prey were still disturbed by presence of armed militants and security forces,” Ahmed said. “Often large mammals were reliable protein source for those camping deep inside the range having little or no access to supplies from outside, since their supply lines were severed by security forces. However, there was no direct evidence to this.”A number of tigers photographed in the RMNP the year before the survey were spotted on camera at Panbari as well, indicating the animals had had the chance to explore new territories.“Here RMNP acts as a refuge for many species and hence the diversity of the species known from Manas has not got lost and has remained intact,” Ahmed said.A camera-trap image of a Bengal tiger at Manas National Park. Image by Manas Tiger Reserve, Aaranyak and Panthera.Embarking on the survey proved challenging to the researchers because they did not have a dataset to compare the diversity and distribution of mammals from before the conflict.“However, we had the list of species found in the park in different ranges,” Ahmed said. “So we had to find an innovative way to compare the species abundance (we call it relative abundance here) across the ranges to conclude if conflict had an impact on the diversity or status. We used photo capture rate as an index to compare the relative abundance here which is a reliable way to understand relative abundance of species across landscapes or sites.”Barua said camera trapping had much to contribute to understanding patterns of biodiversity, particularly in the case of mammals that are difficult to otherwise spot.“The species assemblage recorded, particularly the clouded leopard, is of great interest,” Barua said. “The late Sanjay Debroy, a stalwart of Assam’s forest department and who was pivotal to conservation in Manas in the 1970s, was one of the few people who had seen this animal. The paper mentions a number of records from camera traps.”The way aheadSarma, the MNP field director, said that once security in the Panbari range was enhanced, the population of different species should bounce back to optimum, as seen in the other ranges.“It is time to act to improve management of the range to the maximum,” he said. “As the situation improved, animals that moved away from Panbari started to move back.”However, it will take some time for the wildlife to adjust to the changing situation, Sarma added. Understanding the importance of the TRaMCA, park managers at both the MNP and the RMNP are working very closely with each other, he said.Sarma said that exchanging information and intelligence, on poaching and hunting or other disturbances, was necessary to minimize negative impacts on both parks.“Poachers were apprehended in Bhutan based on intelligence shared by us while bordering areas are jointly patrolled by staff of both the parks,” Sarma said. “The mechanism of transboundary collaboration that started some years back is now on ground and this is certainly helping the key threatened species in the entire landscape.”Ahmed added: “As long as the protected forests are there in this landscape, 10 to 15 million people living in western Assam will continue to receive healthy ecological services for better life like water and soil nutrients.”View of the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan, across the Manas River from the Mathangudi forest bungalow in Manas National Park, India. Image by Sahana Ghosh/Mongabay-India.Citation:Lahkar, D., Ahmed, M. F., Begum, R. H., Das, S. K., Lahkar, B. P., Sarma, H. K., & Harihar, A. (2018). Camera-trapping survey to assess diversity, distribution and photographic capture rate of terrestrial mammals in the aftermath of the ethnopolitical conflict in Manas National Park, Assam, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(8), 12008-12017.This story was first published on Aug. 10, 2018, by Mongabay-India.center_img Animals, Biodiversity, Camera Trapping, Conflict, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Protected Areas, Research, Tropical Forests, Wildlife last_img read more

Indonesia’s Teater Potlot takes on the plight of the Sumatran tiger

first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor Animals, Arts, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Philosophy, Environment, Forestry, Forests, History, Human-wildlife Conflict, Indigenous Cultures, Mammals, Rainforests, Tigers, Tropical Forests, Wildlife A seventh-century Srivijaya king, Srijayanasa, believed progress should bring merit to man and creature alike.“Puyang,” a play by a South Sumatra theater group, explores the undoing of this pact through the eyes of a mythical tiger.Today, there are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers believed to be living in the wild, as plantation and mining interests raze their forest homes. PALEMBANG, Indonesia — For those worried about the plight of the Sumatran tiger, of which only a few hundred remain, concern typically flows from a sense that all life is worth saving.For Teater Potlot, a theater group based in South Sumatra, Indonesia, the concern goes back further. Centuries, in fact.“The Srivijaya kingdom managed nature for the common good,” says Teater Potlot founder Conie Sema, referring to the Hindu-Buddhist empire that once held sway over much of the Indonesian archipelago. “They sought for all living beings to live in moral harmony.”“Puyang,” the group’s new play, explores the erosion of this ideal. First performed at the South Sumatra Landscape Festival this summer, the play charts the story through the eyes of Puyang, a mythical Sumatran tiger who personifies the big cat’s real-world decline.In South Sumatra, tigers are commonly referred to as puyang, a derivative of the Indonesian poyang, which means “ancestor.” In the local Malay culture, the word also has magical connotations — fitting, as tigers are believed to hold supernatural sway over the forests and peat swamps that dominate the landscape here.Magic or not, the Sumatran tiger’s population has plummeted with the widespread destruction of its forest habitat, primarily by logging and plantation interests. Indonesia has long had one of the world’s highest deforestation rates, and Sumatra is no exception: since 1985, the giant island has lost more than half its forest cover, an area the size of New York state. Today it’s an epicenter of the palm oil and pulp and paper industries, with the tigers increasingly corralled into forest fragments.Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, according to the WWF. Other iconic creatures, such as the Sumatran varieties of elephant, rhino and orangutan, are similarly endangered. Dozens of the big cats are killed every year by poachers as well, with tiger parts a prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.In “Puyang,” the play’s eponymous tiger yearns for a time when human and animal protected one another – when balance, harmony and mutual aid were the norm. Puyang was around, the story goes, at the seventh-century laying of the Talang Tuwo stone, when the Srivijaya-era environmentalism lauded by Teater Potlot was first written down.Dating back to the year 684, the Talang Tuwo inscription tells of the establishment by King Srijayanasa of the sacred Sriksetra park, meant to be planted with a varied mix of crops and trees to meet the food and shelter needs of all beings, animals and humans alike.Indeed, some say the 14 lines of the Talang Tuwo amount to Southeast Asia’s earliest environmental manifesto. For Conie and even some provincial government officials, this ancient history is a source of pride and inspiration.A scene from “Puyang.” Image by Yudhi Semai/Teater Potlot.“Puyang still takes pains to avoid harming humans,” Conie says, “even though he has been branded an enemy.”While the fictional Puyang avoids harming humans, in today’s world, conflict between tigers and humans is on the rise.As the forest shrinks, the animals are flushed out into the open and into often grisly encounters with humans. After a tiger injured a person in North Sumatra this year, the cat was hunted down and killed by villagers, although government rangers had tried to capture it alive.Residents of Perumpung Jaya, a village near Sembilang National Park in South Sumatra, refuse to raise livestock for fear of drawing out tigers from the nearby forest. “If they’re hungry they’re sure to attack,” Supriyadi, 38, told Mongabay during a recent trip to the area. “This clearly threatens our lives.”It’s a tragic state of affairs, Conie says, and the play’s message is that to address the problems of the present, we should look to the past. All might be redeemed if the environmental heritage of the Srivijaya Empire were reclaimed.“For thousands of years Sumatran tigers have guarded our ancestors and our landscapes from damage,” Conie has written. “Whether in the highlands, lowlands or peat swamps, in every habitat where you find tigers, the ecosystems are healthy.”It’s a flip on the usual view, which sees tigers as the consequence, not the cause, of healthy landscapes.Conie says he hopes “Puyang” can “inspire greater awareness about maintaining our landscapes, in line with the needs of all living things.“The tiger’s presence helps return traditional values of sustainability to our society.”Banner: Teater Potlot actors perform a scene from “Puyang” in Palembang, South Sumatra. Image by Yudhi Semai/Teater Potlot.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site.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.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 4, 2019

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsKenya’s logging ban, aimed at tackling corruption and illegal deforestation, nears the beginning of its second year (Standard Digital).REDD+ gains a foothold in Vietnam (Vietnam Plus).The sparsely forested West African country of Niger only has 40 percent of its state forest reserves left, authorities say (Daily Trust).Fiji is moving toward better protections of its forests, but it can still improve, a U.N. official says (Fiji Times).The U.S. military’s plans for new construction on the island of Guam could run afoul of the environment, according to conservation groups (National Geographic).Biofuels in Norway can no longer contain palm oil (The Green Optimistic).Other newsElectrocution is an increasing problem for wild animals (The New York Times).A new committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will tackle the global climate crisis (The Atlantic).Health agencies are increasingly dealing with the impacts of climate change (Ensia).Leafcutter ants unleash a greenhouse gas when they break down garbage (Gizmodo).The plan to tackle the Pacific Garbage Patch just got more complicated, as it breaks up into smaller pieces (The New York Times).Ukraine’s forestry law to halt illegal logging came into effect with the new year (112 UA, Ukrinform).Three new species of beetles share their names with characters from the television show Game of Thrones (Esquire, Smithsonian).Observers have spotted a North Atlantic right whale calf near Florida, the first young of the species seen in more than a year (The Guardian).Banner image of leafcutter ants by Pjt56 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).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. Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Zverev signals arrival, beats Djokovic to win Italian Open

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his semi final match against John Isner, of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME  — Alexander Zverev signaled his anticipated arrival among the tennis elite by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open.The 20-year-old Zverev became the youngest player to win a Masters 1000 event since Djokovic won in Miami a decade ago at 19.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 respitecenter_img Melindo new IBF champion LATEST STORIES Zverev broke in the very first game and was never really challenged by Djokovic, who appeared drained after having to win two matches Saturday to reach the final.The title will move Zverev up to a career-high No. 10 in the rankings Monday and place him among the contenders for the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam which begins next Sunday.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 groundEarlier, Elina Svitolina surged to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s final. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Roach would love a PacMay rematch, but unsure it would ever happen

first_imgView comments “It’s still the most disappointing day of my life,” said Roach on Tuesday during the PSA Forum.READ: Pacquiao teases Mayweather rematchFEATURED 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 groundPacquiao dropped a 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 decision to Mayweather, who retired unbeaten later that year going 49-0, and the Hall-of-Fame trainer feels the Filipino ring superstar wasn’t at his best during the fight.“I know Manny can do much better than he did on that fight,” he said. LATEST STORIES READ: ‘Feeling young’ Pacquiao eager for MayweatherPacquiao did reveal he fought Mayweather with an injured right shoulder and immediately went under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff.Roach likes to see a second installment between the two rivals but he admitted he’s uncertain if it will happen.“Would I love to see a rematch with Mayweather? Yes. But will it happen? I’m not sure,” Roach said.READ:  Mayweather invite stirs speculation of second fightADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Like Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee perfect fit on Warriors Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Mayweather, 40, hasn’t fought since announcing his retirement in Sept. 2015 but the former pound-for-pound king has been rumored to fight MMA star Conor McGregor. Trainer Freddie Roach(l)and Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines(R), talk during a news conference with Jessie Vargas, USA, at The Wynn Las Vegas, November 2, 2016.Pacquiao will challenge Vargas for the WBO Welterweight Championship Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIThe loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. two years ago still lingers as far as Freddie Roach is concerned.Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in a fight no matter how uneventful still stands as the richest in boxing history.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1

first_imgHe owned the shaded area going 16-of-22 from the field while also collecting 13 rebounds and four assists in just a little over 29 minutes off the bench.“Well again, just like the last game, if you give him minutes, he will give you the numbers,” TNT head coach Nash Racela said.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“I think today he had 35, rebounds maybe not that much, but because of Ginebra’s defense, they really concentrated on neutralizing Joshua and almost like having 2 or 3 guys on him every single time,” Racella added.But despite the Kings’ defensive game plan of crowding Smith with two or three defenders, the hefty import found ways to deliver for the KaTropa as if there was little resistance to hurdle. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Roger Pogoy also came up big for TNT with 17 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area while Jayson Castro, who was struggling all-game long offensively, hit the game-clinching 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left.“I actually didn’t want him (Castro) to shoot the last shot but Jayson will be Jayson,” said Racela. “He was really born for those moments.”Castro was 0-of-9 from the field before hitting that dagger of a triple over Sol Mercado.The Kings never led but pulled within one possession thrice inside the final two minutes but each time, the KaTropa had answer with Pogoy, Smith and Castro hitting timely baskets.Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. The Gin Kings look to even the series on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith threw his weight around and TNT held off top seed Barangay Ginebra, 100-94, to take Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half including an 18-point third quarter as the KaTropa weathered the Gin Kings’ fightback.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout

first_imgThe much-anticipated announcement sent shock waves in social media, with fans and professional athletes alike sharing their two cents on one of the biggest matches ever in combat sports.In true McGregor fashion, the Irish UFC lightweight champion reignited the rivalry by taking a jab at his counterpart’s age.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Several athletes, on the other hand, expressed their desire to participate in the historic card, including retired NFL-wide receiver Chad Johnson and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miotic, who called out his boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua.I want to fight on Mayweather-McGregor undercard— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 14, 2017 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 This won’t be good for anyone except for those making money off it. Terrible idea. Mayweather will work McGregor like a heavy bag. https://t.co/teaCRxdZbp— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 14, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hey @anthonyfjoshua let’s have a proper tussle and still have time for tea and crumpets before the main event! #MayweatherMcGregor— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 14, 2017Elite female striker Chris “Cyborg” Justino also expressed her desire to face female boxing champion Cecilia Brækhus in the undercard.Imagine @FloydMayweather vs @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor with @criscyborg vs @1LadyCecilia on the #lasvegas event! @MayweatherPromo https://t.co/HLq18LYhDR Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory parade — #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 14, 2017Others, meanwhile, weighed in on the blockbuster fight’s effect on boxing’s future.  /raThere’s no way Conor vs. Floyd on August 26 doesn’t hurt Canelo vs. GGG three weeks later. Mac vs. May is obviously the bigger fight.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 14, 2017 THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017Pundits, meanwhile, are already questioning McGregor’s chances, this being his first professional boxing match. The fact that he’ll be facing an undefeated defensive tactician only made people doubt his chances of victory even more.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments LATEST STORIES After almost a year of endless teasing, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. crossover bout is finally set in stone.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightADVERTISEMENT Floyd/Pac had 4.4 million. I’ve seen estimates as high as 5.0 million for Mayweather-McGregor. seems like it will be close at least. https://t.co/FnukVWxw86— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 14, 2017 Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age.Respect. pic.twitter.com/Q2jv4Lffgd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 13, 2017 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte McGregor is going to get battered, I reckon. Tbf though, I’d let Mayweather knock me out for a few million. https://t.co/L03DBwoxF9— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) June 14, 2017Twelve rounds of defensive boxing with Connor throwing hard and missing a lot. The build up will be fun though! https://t.co/UpXY55x3OH— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) June 14, 2017 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Mayweather v McGregor will last two rounds. Three, maybe, but only if Floyd wants it to. pic.twitter.com/iNe1T6Grzj— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) June 14, 2017last_img read more