In West Papua, a development plan that doesn’t require clearing forest

first_imgConservation, Conservation Solutions, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by mongabayauthor 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 Indonesia’s West Papua province on the island of New Guinea has pledged to set aside 70 percent of its land area as protected or conservation areas. Local government decisions will be key to the plan’s success or failure.In the administrative district of Tambrauw within West Papua, local indigenous communities depend on the forest for their livelihoods.The head of Tambrauw district, Gabriel Asem, says he prioritizes the land rights of local communities and that conservation and sustainable development can go hand in hand. AYAPOKIAR, Indonesia — Mince and Atafia Momo make light work of the rocky terrain as they press toward higher ground deep in the Tambrauw forest. The pair move with a practiced agility, hauling gear in wicker baskets tied to a stretch of colorful fabric suspended around their foreheads.For Mince, who is 40, and Atafia, 22, these green valleys in the west of the island of New Guinea are a second home, a place to hunt, to fish, to find medicines and to forage for sago, a crucial source of carbohydrates in the diet of the Momo Kaa indigenous community. For them, and for Atafia’s two toddlers, conservation of these Tambrauw hillsides carries a sense of immediacy.“We can find sago, vegetables, fish, pigs or deer all here in the forest. And in the village we plant taro, sweet potatoes and chili,” Atafia tells Mongabay. “We never go hungry.”I met the pair by accident. I happened to be in Ayapokiar, Atafia and Momo’s village in Tambrauw, along with 12 University of Papua students participating in a bird survey led by researcher Sebastian “Bas” van Balen and Mirza Kusrini from the university’s forestry department. In 2017, Van Balen followed in the footsteps of Henry Cushier Raven’s 1912-1914 journey through Borneo to document biodiversity declines. I was looking for a companion to enter the forest and ran into Agustinus Momo, who suggested her sister, Atafia.She was at pains to make sure I had no problem working with a woman. “Here it’s much better,” she says. Whether it’s handling an unruly toddler at home or hauling sand on a construction site, women are generally considered the more diligent of the sexes. Atafia, for example, keeps watch over her two young children and helps pay the bills while her husband studies on a university scholarship in Palangkaraya, far away on the island of Borneo.Atafia, left, and Mince. Image by Een Irawan Putra.We push farther away from the village. Mince points out forest birds by name, explaining their behavior as they flutter between trees. The light through the forest is fading as we reach camp five hours after setting out.Sometimes Atafia brings a dog with her to take down a forest deer before she kills the animal with a spear, butchers the carcass and smokes the meat for preservation. “We don’t sell the venison, we eat it ourselves,” she said. “Because from here, everywhere is far.“Even if I had the time to go to Sorong [the provincial capital], the transportation is 500,000 rupiah [$35] one way,” she says. The journey can take around eight hours.This time Atafia and Momo have brought fishing rods. The Iri River is around a kilometer (0.6 miles) from camp. It might not sound far, but the steep, irregular inclines are enough to make pulses quicken. “This river is full of fish,” Atafia says.The rainforest in Tambrauw. Image courtesy of the Indonesia Nature Film Society.Tambrauw is one of more than 500 districts within 34 larger provinces in the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia emerged from one of the most centralized forms of government in the world following the ouster of strongman ruler Suharto in 1998. The hundreds of district governments like Tambrauw now have considerable latitude over education and health spending, as well as authorizing permits for extractive industries in the forests Atafia and Momo call home.The district chief, known in Indonesia as a bupati, of Tambrauw is Gabriel Asem, a well-built man with a mustache as thick as the tree line in the Tambrauw valleys. Gabriel was elected head of Tambrauw when the administrative district was first created, in 2008. In his office he explains to me that around 80 percent of the 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles) that make up the district are conservation areas.“In total there are 29 subdistricts and 216 villages in Tambrauw and we make the rules for protecting forests, beaches and elsewhere,” he told Mongabay last year. “It must all be agreed with the community of customary owners, because they have territorial rights.”Gabriel says he has long been told that by prioritizing conservation of these valleys he will sacrifice development. He disagrees.Indonesia’s statistics agency said in March 2018 that 35.3 percent of the rural population here in West Papua province lived in poverty (defined as the equivalent of 85 U.S. cents a day or less). That is the second-highest rate among the 34 provinces across Indonesia, while malnutrition remains one of the biggest killers of children under 5.Map of West Papua province (bright green). Image courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons.But Asem points to his district’s pristine beaches and mountains, as if to say they have assets beyond carving up land parcels into concessions for development. “That is where the community can benefit, because they will have a direct stake,” he says. “In the future they will be a source of income.”It’s a view in line with the larger development agenda in West Papua. Last October, the governors of West Papua and Papua provinces, which together make up the Indonesian half of New Guinea, signed a pledge to set aside 70 percent of their jurisdictions as protected or conservation areas. The region is home to some of the best forest left in Indonesia.Atafia. Image by Een Irawan Putra.The sun often beats down into the humid corridors of Tambrauw forest, but the weather can change in minutes, causing heavy rains to rush down mountainsides and accumulate in sumps on the forest floor. Atafia and Momo arrive back at camp from the river in driving rain. The pair have returned with dinner. They set down edible greens — pakis, gohi, gnemon — as well as a haul of fish.“We are very happy to be able to bring people here,” Atafia says. “They can see how us protecting the forests is good for our children and grandchildren.”***Een Irawan Putra is director of the Indonesia Nature Film Society, a media partner of Mongabay.Banner: A flower in West Papua. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Aug. 14, 2018.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.last_img read more

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INQ NEWS VIDEO: Warriors vs Raptors: Which team are you rooting for?

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Would it be Raptors, Raptors or Warriors, Warriors? Filipinos are arguably some of the biggest basketball fans in the world. With the nearing NBA finals, who are Filipinos rooting for? Find out in this man on the street interview by INQUIRER.net’s Neil Arwin Mercado.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA FinalsREAD: Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to CanadaREAD: Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi Leonard: Throw the whole kitchen at himFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments ‘Super old’ Roger Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French Opencenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READlast_img read more

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Study: Many recalled toys resold at online auctions

first_imgEven sophisticated eBay users appear to be unaware or uncooperative of policies intended to keep recalled products from being exchanged, the study said. The study was conducted in 2004 at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Columbus Children’s Hospital and reported this month in the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention. Last week, Mattel Inc. announced a worldwide recall of almost 19 million items, including dolls, cars and action figures. Some of the items were contaminated with lead paint. Others had small magnets that children might swallow. “I hope this study raises awareness on all levels about the problem and about the need to do more to prevent recalled items from getting to children even long after a recall,” Kirschman said Monday. The study recommends that parents check government recall sites before purchasing items on auction Web sites. Nichola Sharpe, a spokeswoman for eBay, said the online auction site works constantly to enforce its policy and does not permit the listing of items identified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as hazardous and subject to a recall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CINCINNATI – Toys and other children’s products recalled because of safety concerns are often resold through online auction sites, putting children at risk, according to a recent study. EBay Inc.’s Web site prohibits the sale of recalled products, but enforcement efforts don’t seem to be succeeding, said Keri Brown Kirschman, the study’s lead author and an assistant psychology professor at the University of Dayton. Kirschman, who specializes in child psychology and pediatric injury prevention, said she searched for 141 recalled items on eBay for 30 consecutive days and found them offered in at least 144 online auctions. The products included play yards, baby walkers, bassinets and safety devices. About 70 percent of recalled items tracked were sold, she said. last_img read more

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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba clarifies new travel rules

first_imgStatement by Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba in relation to implementation of new immigration regulations on 16 September 2014 in Cape TownI would like to thank you all for your presence today as we make certain announcements with regard to the implementation of the new immigration regulations which came into effect on May 26th of this year.The new immigration regulations were introduced to improve our ability to manage immigration effectively, in a way which balances South Africa’s openness to legitimate travellers, as well as developmental and security imperatives.Most elements of the new regulation are working well.This is despite some asymmetries of information which have further compounded anxiety and inertia with regard to particular aspects of the new regulations.Many improvements have been effected as a result of the regulations.Immigrants to South Africa are enjoying high-quality service and improved turnaround times at our Visa Facilitation Centres.Skilled professionals and businesspeople are enjoying our improved visa regime, including the ability to apply for a critical skills visa before even finding a job, and the consideration of their families as a unit.Since the announcement of the new regulations, we have consistently maintained that we welcome constructive engagement from stakeholders on their implementation.We thank those stakeholders who have engaged us substantively and constructively.The information acquired has empowered the department to serve South Africans and foreign visitors and our various stakeholders more efficiently.Subsequent to our meeting with the Minister of Tourism last month, Mr Derek Hanekom, we have also met with tourism and aviation industry stakeholders including representatives from the IATA, ASATA the South African Tourism Council, and announced the formation of a joint task team between the department and the industry as a vehicle for ongoing engagement.We are enormously pleased with the establishment of the task team, and trust that its representatives will bring invaluable perspectives and information on the tourism and travel sector, and help us improve communication with their clients and the sector as a whole.We have further continued to engage with the representatives of the film industry and soccer fraternity.The different stakeholders have drawn our attention to the challenges relating to the new requirements for travelling children, which come into effect on October 1st, 2014, which were instituted to ensure the safety of children, in line with the Children’s Act of 2005 and our own international obligations.In particular, the stakeholders have highlighted challenges regarding the requirement that all children entering or exiting South Africa be in possession of a passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate, and written permission from both parents or guardians of the child, authorizing that child’s travel.While the requirement that all children possess a passport has been implemented successfully, challenges have been raised regarding the requirements for the Unabridged Birth Certificate and written permission.Stakeholders have alerted us to two main challenges: firstly, of ensuring accurate and timely communication to missions abroad, travel operators, and prospective travellers around the world about the new requirements; and secondly, that parents and those authorized to travel with children have time to obtain the required documentation in time for their travel plans.It was put to the department, that while the new regulations are accepted as necessary and are fully supported, due to these challenges mentioned above, and particularly in light of the upcoming peak travel periods for families – that is, December / January for the festive season and April for Easter – a postponement would greatly assist travellers and the sectors as a whole.The department has taken this input into consideration, along with our obligation to ensure the safety of children entering and exiting the country.Having taken all of this into account, we have granted a postponement of these two particular requirements – the Unabridged Birth Certificate and written permission to June 1st 2015.During this postponement, I have directed the DDG: Immigration Services, Mr Jackie McKay, to work intensively with industry stakeholders to ensure accurate information is available to all prospective travellers accompanying children all around the world, and allow those travellers time to gather the necessary documents.While the requirements will be the same for South Africans and citizens of other countries, for foreigners’ purposes, an Unabridged Birth Certificate is merely a birth certificate from the responsible authority in their country which lists the particulars of the child’s parents.In the instance where this information is contained on the child’s passport, this too shall be acceptable.To ensure that the security of children is not undermined during this period, our officials will be on heightened alert, and will use other means, including additional screening, vetting and interviews as necessary, to ensure all travelling children are authorized to do so.It is important to note that the implementation of the regulations should not affect South African children born from 3 March 2013 onwards, as the Department began issuing Unabridged Birth Certificates, on-the-spot, for all children whose births were registered from that date.Therefore the population of children / minors that will be affected by the implementation of these regulations would be children born between 1996 and February 2013.We have established that approximately 17 million children were born during this period.Out of this population, approximately 1.1 million have been issued with valid SA passports.The postponement, as well as today’s statement, is aimed at encouraging citizens to apply well in advance and obtain the required Unabridged Birth Certificates for the minors / children they intend traveling with.Furthermore, between now and the implementation date of the regulation, citizens who apply for passports in respect of minors / children will be encouraged by front line officials to apply for Unabridged Birth Certificates for such minors.In closing, we encourage you to anticipate further regulatory changes from the Department of Home Affairs, in particular around the Births and Deaths Registration Act.We envision amending the act to implement more stringent processes for the late registration of births, which we intend to end after December 2015.Thereafter the early registration of birth, immediately at the hospital or within 30 days, will be the only way into the National Population Register.Thank you for your attention.Enquiries:Mayihlome Tshwete072 869 2477Department of Home Affairslast_img read more

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45nm and Beyond

first_imgTechnology moves at such a rapid pace – it can often be mind-boggling. Even working directly with the product teams at Intel, I sometimes have difficulty keeping pace. The good news is that there is a tremendous opportunity today to be captured thanks to this rapid innovation, as well as a steady stream of advanced technology that IT can use to better support business and gain a competitive advantage. Recently I was interviewed by Tim Phillips from the Register about the current 45nm Quad-Core Intel Xeon products and the next generation Intel platforms based on the Nehalem processor. A few years back, Intel fundamentally changed the way we design and develop our underlying micro-processor technology. We streamlined our innovation and accelerated it’s pace. Internally, we call this new model Tick-Tock. I like to call it shrink and innovate. A “Tick” is a manufacturing process shrink that delivers smaller silicon with higher speeds, more transistors and lower power consumption (example: moving from 65nm to 45nm process technology). The 45nm quad-core xeon processors (available since Nov ’07) utilize unique materials (a high-k, dielectric) that are delivering industry leading performance / watt as measured by the industry’s first and only standard benchmark, SPECPower A “Tock” represents a more extensive architectural innovation (ex. Intel Core Microarchitecture) introducing new micro-architecture features and functionality fully utilizing the higher transistor count set up by the shrink. For Intel Xeon-based servers, the next “tock” is Nehalem. In addition to the new micro-architecture based on 45nm, a system re-design will incorporate next generation memory, I/O and virtualization technology for high performance, high bandwidth solutions compatible with today’s leading software solutionsListen to my podcast interview to learn more about the benefits of using today’s products and the timing of next generation Intel technology featuring Nehalem. Is this information useful to you? If so … how? Have any questions? I’d be happy to hear from you. Chris

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India-Pakistan Asia Cup encounter: On the lookout for match-fixers

first_imgEnhanced security, including policemen from the detective branch who also keep an eye on potential match-fixers, and some ultra-modern recently-imported equipment like an expensive car scanner, was put in place for the high-profile India-Pakistan Asia Cup encounter in Dhaka on Sunday.Apart from over 1,500 police personnel, armoured personnel carriers (APC), prisoner vans and close-circuit television cameras were used as part of an elaborate security blanket for the day-night game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy police of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said that policemen in plainclothes were roaming around the stadium, besides other parts of the city, to check potential match-fixers.”Tackling match-fixing is not part of our job; it falls under the detective branch of the DMP that is directly under the police commissioner. Teams of the detective branch are roaming around the stadium and elsewhere in the city, and more than 100 personnel in disguise are roaming around the stadium,” Ahmed told Mail Today during the match.”During the Bangladesh Premier League held here recently at this stadium, a man was arrested for his involvement in match-fixing. So far, we haven’t heard anything on match-fixing during the Asia Cup. So far so good,” he said.Ahmed said that additional security was in place for the India-Pakistan game that was watched by around 26,000 spectators at the stadium, including many celebrities and dignitaries from India and other parts of the world.”We have broadly used the 2011 World Cup planning and design for strategic points around the stadium.advertisement”Especially for this match, we have put in 10 check posts around the stadium in the Mirpur area, besides five traffic diversions – they were not there for the earlier Asia Cup matches – and there are more personnel on duty to maintain law and order during this game,” Ahmed said.”This time we have two APCs, three prisoner vans as part of our preparedness for tackling rioting, and one brand new imported car scanner that cost us 13 crore taka,” he informed. “Besides 800 policemen and policewomen inside the stadium, if we take into account the personnel on duty surrounding the stadium, the number would cross 1,500. We also have a water cannon vehicle ready for this game.”last_img read more

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76ers’ Embiid injures right hand in win over Suns

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers high fives JJ Redick #17 after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX— Philadelphia center Joel Embiid injured his right hand going after an inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter of the 76ers’ 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.Embiid had X-rays taken and his hand wrapped in ice after the game, and said he thinks he will be fine.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Beal’s 39 points lead Wizards to win over Bulls Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “They said it wasn’t broken. They think it was sprained, so I guess that’s good news,” Embiid said.Embiid had 22 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes Sunday. The play in which he was hurt happened with 3:54 left in the game, and he was called for a loose ball foul after hitting the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid came out of the game with 41.1 seconds left and the Sixers up by 12.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown didn’t have an update when asked about Embiid’s injury status after the game, nor did the team before the Sixers left the arena. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Embiid has had an extensive injury history that includes foot and knee surgeries that have limited his ability to play since he was drafted third overall in 2014. More recently, he has dealt with back tightness.“The way he plays, there’s always a chance (for injury), you know,” Brown said. “It’s like with everybody, but him especially. I think the fact that he just hasn’t practiced, the awkward moments, unorthodox moments scare you a little bit more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Duleep Trophy not scrapped, will resume from 2016-17 season: BCCI

first_imgThe Indian cricket board on Tuesday clarified that the prestigious Duleep Trophy has been shelved, and that the tournament remains an “integral part of the domestic calendar.” The tournament will eventually be the curtain-raiser of the 2016-17 domestic season.Several reports on Monday suggested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has scrapped the traditional tournament for good from the upcoming 2015-16 domestic season.”BCCI wishes to clarify that this is incorrect and reiterate that the Duleep Trophy remains an integral part of the domestic calendar,” the board said in a release on Tuesday.”India will play 12 Test matches at home in the next season (2016-17) between October-March. Duleep trophy will be the curtain-raiser for the forthcoming domestic season and provide a platform for the players to stake a claim.”The BCCI on Monday revealed its plans to conduct 900 matches in six months during its 2015-16 domestic season, which will start from October this year and end in March 2016. The 2015-16 domestic fixtures list, released on Monday, did not have a place for the Duleep Trophy.Thed BCCI decided not to hold the Duleep Trophy in the 2015-16 season in order to accommodate the 2016 World Twenty20 championship, which will be played in India after the completion of the domestic season in March 2016.”This year’s schedule has been planned to ensure that prominence for various domestic competitions is relevant to India’s international calendar and in particular with India hosting the ICC World Twenty20,” the release said.”BCCI wishes to reaffirm its keenness to add more relevance to the Duleep Trophy in the coming years and to prepare our cricketers for Test cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa

first_imgMost important, Vettel has extracted the maximum from his ride and it is a credit to his skill to have done so. Ferrari announced this week that they have re-signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2018, some reward for the Finn after the team have made it clear they are backing Vettel over him for the championship, as was evidenced at Monaco and Budapest.Nonetheless Vettel has still made the most of it given that the Ferrari do not have the raw pace of Mercedes. He also has four second places and, barring his moment of arrant stupidity when driving into Hamilton in Baku, the performances have been everything that would be expected from a four-times world champion.Hamilton, in contrast, has been riding what he described as a rollercoaster. The Mercedes has proved tricky to set up and the team have acknowledged their car has been a “diva”. But when the British driver has put it in the sweet spot he has been imperious and untouchable, as in Canada and at Silverstone. He has been let down by being out of touch on circuits that do not suit it – most notably Sochi and Monaco. He and the team have dropped points where Vettel and Ferrari have minimised their losses and thereby secured their slender advantage.Vettel may not have it for long, however, and for all that he is in second, Hamilton at this stage might be considered the more confident of the two drivers.What has made this season so fascinating is how the pendulum has swung between the pair. Ferrari had the upper hand at the last round in Hungary but heading into Spa – a circuit at which Mercerdes first won in 1955, through Juan Manuel Fangio – the German team will expect to be back on the front foot. They identified after Monaco the causes behind the difficulties in setting up the car and have made major strides to solve them. Equally the latest iteration of their power unit is a considerable step forward and they are able to run it at the highest output for longer. Sportblog Read more Sebastian Vettel Formula One 2017 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage This advantage has been proved repeatedly in qualifying, with the team scoring eight of 11 poles. Ferrari have been able to take the top spot only at the tracks where their cars’ cornering negates the power deficit – Russia, Monte Carlo and Hungary. In race pace, speed traps show Mercedes have a clear lead in the second half of straights and this could be crucial.As they have done for the past three years, Mercedes have built a car to be optimal at the greatest number of circuits, which means favouring a high-speed configuration at the expense of being less competitive on the low-speed, heavy-cornering circuits. The results have borne this out and Ferrari’s dominance in Budapest proved they remain ahead through the twisty stuff.In Hamilton’s favour, however, is that the majority of races remaining favour Mercedes. Spa, with its sweeping high speeds in the Ardennes this weekend, is one of them, as will be the next round at Monza. Suzuka will favour Mercedes, as likely will the Circuit of the Americas. Indeed of the nine, Ferrari may well only have a real advantage at Singapore. Worse still, Vettel has already used four turbo chargers, the maximum before taking a grid penalty. It is not out of the question that the Scuderia may opt to take a raft of new components at Spa and take the penalty en masse at a track where they can fight back, as Hamilton did last year.More than mechanical form will play a part in this title fight, however. Ferrari have proved feisty with strategy and are clearly ready to sacrifice Raikkonen for Vettel – a lead driver decision that Mercedes have yet to make. Hamilton ceded three points by returning third place to Valtteri Bottas in Budapest and the team’s executive director, Toto Wolff, has acknowledged that allowing their drivers to continue to race may ultimately prove costly.Yet it might also prove to be key. Bottas, who has two wins and eight podium places, has proved more than adept at making the most of weekends when Hamilton has been off the boil. The British driver’s sportsmanlike gesture in Hungary will not have gone unnoticed either. Raikkonen, in contrast, has been far less threatening. Should the season reach nip and tuck at its end, Hamilton will be far more confident his team-mate can deny Vettel points than vice versa and if Bottas is required to play the team game he has been given every reason to be amenable.The title will not be decided at Spa but it will doubtless see the tension ratcheting up in what promises to be a roaring run-in. This rollercoaster ride is far from over. Lewis Hamilton adamant that he and Mercedes can still win F1 world title Ferrari Share on Twitter Topics Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Read morecenter_img Lewis Hamilton Share on Facebook Share via Email features Share on Messenger Refreshed, recharged and ready to go again, Formula One enters the second half of the season with the prospect of the remaining nine races proving just as enthralling as the first 11. Where better to reignite the fight than the magnificent challenge of Spa, where Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will recommence a contest that is likely to go down to the last race?Vettel has the advantage, leading Hamilton by 14 points, but on race wins the pair are even with four apiece. Vettel deserves his lead. He is always at his strongest when he is confident in the machinery around him and Ferrari have given him a car he can work to maximum effect. It has proved quick out of the box on Fridays, forgiving and easy to set up, while the German has revelled in how hard he can push it through the corners. Motor sport Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Mercedes GP … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Robbie Grabarz set for Olympic silver as 12 Russians are banned for doping

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Olympic Games 2012 Ukhov and Shklolina have been banned for four years, with their results and medals obtained from July 2012 to the end of the 2015 season also retrospectively annulled.The hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko, who has already been stripped of her London 2012 gold medal, was banned for eight years and stripped of her 2013 world championship title for being convicted of a second doping offence.Brett Clothier, the head of Athletics Integrity Unit, said the Cas rulings – which were mainly fought on the evidence gathered by the Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who found that over 1,000 Russians had been involved in a state-sponsored doping programme – opened up the possibility of pursuing more cases in future.“The Cas rulings confirm the evidence underlying the McLaren reports is reliable and is capable of establishing anti-doping rule violations,” Clothier said. “It needs to be noted that some of these cases were fought solely on the basis of the McLaren evidence, while others were combined with analytical evidence gathered through retesting. It is very encouraging for us and gives us the possibility to pursue more cases in the future.”The AIU said it was awaiting access to underlying analytical data from the Moscow laboratory, which the World Anti-Doping Agency recently obtained and is in the process of authenticating, before deciding on the need for any “further investigation that may be required in order to pursue more cases”.Meanwhile the Wada director general Oliver Niggli welcomed the news as a victory for clean sport. “This should serve to reassure athletes that a lot of work is being conducted behind the scenes by various organisations that are committed to ensure that justice is rendered,” he added. “It reinforces the importance of ensuring that due process is followed and that evidence is carefully presented.”If Ukhov is stripped of the Olympic gold medal he won at London 2012, it will go to the American Erik Kynard and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, Canada’s Derek Drouin and Grabarz, who shared bronze, will get silver. Share on Messenger Drugs in sport Share via Email Since you’re here…center_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics Athletics Britain’s Robbie Grabarz looks poised to be awarded an Olympic silver medal after 12 Russian athletes, including the London 2012 high jump winner, Ivan Ukhov, were banned for doping by the court of arbitration for sport.Svetlana Shkolina, who won high jump bronze at the London Olympics and gold at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, was also banned after Cas found the Russians were all involved in a “centralised” doping scheme. Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has doping ban doubled to eight years Reuse this content newslast_img read more

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