Critics worry that Brazil’s reference level for deforestation and the lack of guarantee that the carbon will stay locked up could set an unsustainable precedent for future payments.The forest reference levels currently used in the proposal are high enough that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon could double and Brazil would still qualify for “results-based” payments. Almost a decade after it was founded, the Green Climate Fund is ready to start paying tropical countries for emission reductions from REDD+. A proposal from Brazil has been submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meeting for payments for 2014 and 2015. But advocates and forest policy experts say the way the emissions-reductions savings are being calculated, and the likely possibility that the reductions will not be permanent, might end up setting a poor precedent for future payouts from REDD+.Scientists agree that reducing deforestation and increasing forest areas play a critical role in keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Forests could provide almost a quarter of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed by 2030. However they receive less than 3 percent of climate mitigation funding.“In terms of directing climate finance to forests, we are off by at least an order of magnitude,” Frances Seymour, a renowned forest expert and distinguished senior fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI), said about REDD+ projects.REDD+ was initially proposed as climate change mitigation mechanism that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by paying developing countries to keep their forests intact rather than cutting them down. Now the GCF, the multilateral climate fund created under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is considering proposals for a pilot program for REDD+ results-based payments at its 22nd board meeting in South Korea this week.Unlike past REDD+ projects that received funds from the GCF to implement programs, the pilot program, announced in 2017, will pay countries ex-post for results achieved between December 2013 and 2018. The $500 million pilot program will pay $5 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and limit each country to 30 percent of the total amount. Proposals are evaluated by a technical board and will be considered on a rolling basis at the GCF board meetings, which are attended by board members and observer NGOs.Choosing the right reference levelSome forest experts have raised concerns about the feasibility based on what they consider clear issues with one of the proposals. In its proposal submitted to the GCF, Brazil says it reduced its emissions in 2014 and 2015 by 1.25 billion tons of CO2e in comparison to the deforestation average from 1996 to 2010. It is requesting payment for 2 percent of that, around 25 million tons of CO2e. The Independent Technical Advisory Panel’s assessment of the proposal recommends paying for 19 million tons. If approved at the GCF rate of $5 per ton of emissions reductions, Brazil would get just over $96 million.But advocates say the 1996-2010 average, the so-called Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL B), represents years in which deforestation in the Amazon was exceptionally high, and doesn’t provide a meaningful comparison.“Under the current reference level, deforestation in Brazil could double and they would still be able to get payments,” said Jutta Kill, a researcher at the World Rainforest Movement and biologist who applies her work to support social movements. “If a different reference level had been chosen that reflects the reality of growing emissions, then Brazil would have had a significantly lower level or no claims at all because emissions are going up.”Not everyone agrees with this assessment.“The FREL of Brazil, recognized by the UNFCCC, is appropriate and scientifically rigorous,” says Daniel Nepstad, president and executive director of the Earth Innovation Institute, who has researched deforestation in Brazil for 30 years. “The risk of claiming otherwise is that it will punish Brazil for its success in lowering deforestation so rapidly through 2012, which created the huge difference between FREL and deforestation today. But this is a measure of Brazil’s success.”Pictorial representation of Brazil’s FREL as submitted to the UNFCCC. FREL (A) refers to the mean annual CO2emissions from the period 1996 to 2005 (1,106,027,616.63tCO2); FR(B) refers to the mean annual CO2emissions from the period 1996 to 2010 (907,959,466.33tCO2). Credit: UNFCCCCurrently, countries can choose their own reference level as long as the technical assessment of the FREL has been finalized by the UNFCCC. Brazil’s case is important in that the FREL for the Amazon biome was the first reference level submitted to the UNFCCC for use in results-based payments.In Brazil, deforestation levels were extremely high from 1996 to 2005, and then dropped substantially. Since 2012, deforestation rates have been creeping up again. Between 2014 and 2015, the years for which Brazil is claiming payments, deforestation in the Amazon increased from 5,012 to 6,207 square kilometers (1,935 to 2,397 square miles), an almost 25 percent increase.“In 2014 and 2015 Brazil had the two worst increases in deforestation since it started to rise again,” said Maria Fernanda Gabara, an anthropologist who works with indigenous communities in Brazil. “It’s really contradictory that they are getting payments for these years.”Keeping the carbon locked upThe Green Climate Fund was set up in 2010 as part of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It has 24 board members, representing an equal number of representatives from developed and developing countries. It seeks to “promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development.” But some experts are concerned that this mission may be at odds with Brazil’s recent shift in government, and question if the emissions reductions that the GCF is paying for will remain locked up forests.“From a climate perspective, REDD+ can only have a benefit if the carbon is kept sequestered,” Kill said. “There is nothing in the proposal that guarantees to keep the carbon in the trees.”Jair Bolsonaro, the recently elected right-wing president of Brazil, ran on a platform of reducing environmental and legal safeguards for forests. He has signaled his intention to develop the Amazon, which experts say has already led to an increase in deforestation.“The annual rate of deforestation is increasing. Whether [it] stays that way we can’t say for sure,” said Peter May, a professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, in an interview. “But last year there was a considerable upswing in deforestation after Bolsonaro got elected.”According to Brazil’s official monitoring system, Deforestation in the Amazon has increased from 4,571 square kilometers (1,765 square miles) in 2012 to almost 8,000 square kilometers (3,090 square miles) in 2018 — the highest in almost a decade.Brazilian Amazon deforestation 2002-2018. Image via Mongabay.One of Bolsonaro’s first moves after taking office in January this year was to move control of indigenous lands and the forest service under jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, which has been touted as a win for agribusiness.This means there’s a chance that the emissions reductions the GCF would pay for might not be permanent.“Brazil was able to reduce deforestation in the past, but it hasn’t stayed down. Now even though deforestation is on the rise, they will be getting paid,” Thomas Fatheuer, a social scientist with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a German political foundation focused on green policy, told Mongabay. “It’s like rewarding someone for having quit smoking for a few months, even though they are still smoking today.”Political pressureDespite the problems with the proposal and bad precedent it could set, some believe that political pressures could push the GCF to accept Brazil’s proposal anyway. Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and recently withdrew his country’s invitation to host COP25, this year’s UNFCCC climate summit, which will instead be held in Chile. Some believe that failure to follow through on environmental pledges like REDD+ payments could provide further fuel to the Bolsonaro administration’s anti-environmental stance.“If the Green Climate Fund and the UNFCCC refuse the proposal from Brazil, that might give Brazil more of excuse to leave the climate agreements,” Federal Rural University’s May said. “So that might act as a push for them to say yes.”Given the pro-development stance of the current government, not being able to fulfill expectations around environmental agreements and mechanisms like REDD+ may become further weaponized by the government.“If we kill [the] GCF contract today,” Nepstad said, “the chance that the new admin will roll back forest conservation policy will grow.”To add to the external political pressure, the GCF board might be feeling the pressure from inside as well. The board came under fire at its meeting last July for failing to approve any of the projects under consideration and disburse funds from the more than $10 billion in pledges it has attracted from countries. The meeting was described as “very difficult” by the chair of the board, Lennart Båge.“They are in a sort of double bind,” Fatheuer said. “REDD+ unfortunately has the perverse implication that by not paying out emissions reductions now, it gives countries like Brazil the justification to say ‘conservation doesn’t work, let’s develop instead.’”Banner image: The tinctorius poison dart frog inhabits the greater Amazon rainforest in Suriname and Northern Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Sarah Sax is a freelance environmental journalist based in New York City, formerly with Vice News. You can find her on Twitter at @Sarah2theSax.Clarification: This article has been updated to include the the full name of Maria Fernanda GebaraFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Amazon, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Carbon Finance, climate finance, Environment, Featured, Finance, Forest Carbon, Forest Destruction, Forests, Governance, Rainforests, Redd, Tropical Forests 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
MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ “We’ll focus more on execution because last season we won the championship without peaking, defensively we we’re okay,” said Ayo. “We want to be unpredictable, do new things, be unconventional, and do a lot of crazy things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: La Salle embraced title pressure, says Ayo“It’s actually less of a pressure now because it will shift to the teams who performed well this season.”Ayo said teams like Adamson, runner-up Ateneo, Far Eastern University, and National University will be the ones to carry the burden for 80.Ayo knows other teams have scouted their “Mayhem” defense, which led the Green Archers to best offensive (97.8 points per game) and defensive ratings (81.0 points), so the 39-year-old head coach will now concentrate on improving his offense even more.READ: Returning Ayo proud of ‘responsible’ Archers ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ La Salle’s Aldin Ayo (Coaches of the Year). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo arrived in the UAAP as a champion coach in the NCAA and he continued his impressive start after leading De La Salle arguably the most dominant championship run in recent memory.La Salle overpowered its opponents with an average winning margin of 16.8 points en route to a stellar 13-1 eliminations slate and an unblemished record in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT READ: La Salle’s Game 1 win all about defense, says AyoAyo’s UAAP championship earned him one of Coach of the Year awards in the 2017 Collegiate Basketball Awards, his second after Letran in the NCAA a year prior.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDespite the expectations that come along with the accolades, Ayo said the pressure is out of the way for him and Green Archers’ come the new UAAP season.“There’s no pressure actually. All I’m thinking right now is how to get another one [championship],” joked Ayo Thursday at Montgomery Place. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal UFC: Anderson Silva reveals why he wants to fight Conor McGregor Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University seemed to have the easiest first-game matchup with University of the East—the worst team in the league a season ago—as its opponent in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball opener on Saturday.But it didn’t take long for the Lady Bulldogs to know that the game was anything but easy with the Lady Warriors showing they are not a team to mess with.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos UE stunned NU, 25-18, in the opening set and Jaja Santiago feels the Lady Bulldogs failed to keep their emotions in check causing the team to yield the first set.“I think we were excited and each of us felt cocky and that played a major factor in the first set,” the towering spiker said Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Lady Bulldogs committed 19 of their total 27 errors in the opening set before regrouping to take the next three.Santiago said NU didn’t undermine UE’s abilities but she cited that there’s no one to blame for the poor start but themselves after going into the match not having the proper mindset. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG “I know that UE wants to win, I think we were just too excited and we were too relaxed coming in,” said Santiago, who had 21 points. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Strong 2nd half pushes TNT past GlobalPort for 1-0 lead 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments
Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rallied past a persistent Far Eastern University side, 25-19, 24-26, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11, for its second win in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Eagles improved to 2-1 while the Lady Tamaraws slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Ateneo was at match point after an FEU error, 14-11, before Kim Gequillana finished it off with a service ace. Assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who took over momentarily as head coach with Tai Bundit in Thailand grieving over the passing of his mother-in-law, said the fifth set came down to who can play through their instincts and who can execute the basics better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I told them what coach Tai has always said that the fifth set will come down to whoever executes the basic principles better,” said Meneses. “Everything starts from the basic.”Ateneo was down, 5-0, at the onset of the fourth set but the Lady Eagles retaliated with an 8-1 spurt to establish and 8-6 lead and set their offensive rhythm. NU’s Nabor hides injury from Gorayeb due to fear of not playing Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jhoana Maraguinot and Mich Morente led Ateneo with 18 and 17 points, respectively, but also had plenty of help from Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag, who combined for 21 points.Gequillana also had her moments as she scored nine points off the bench.Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We’re getting married,” Rousey, 30, announced while showing her sparkling diamond ring. The couple said that the engagement happened under a waterfall in New Zealand, where they vacationed last week. Although no definite date has been set for their big day, UFC President Dana White expressed delight saying, “I’m very happy for Ronda, and I’m looking forward to the wedding,” according to the news site.READ: Rousey finds beau in MMA heavyweightFollowing months of speculations, Rousey confirmed their relationship in 2015 via ESPN: “It’s true that Travis and I are in a relationship. I’ve really enjoyed the time we have spent together and getting to know one another. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnREAD: WWE woos Ronda Rousey in a ‘match made in heaven’Browne, 34, admitted their relationship in an interview with MMAFighting.com, “She’s my woman, and I’m her man. There’s no boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. There’s no dating. We’re together,” he explained.Rousey ripped down gender barriers and emerged as UFC’s first female champion back in 2012. But her reign in the Octagon declined after suffering back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Ronda Rousey. APRonda Rousey and Travis Browne are engaged.The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women’s Bantamweight Champion confirmed to TMZ Sports that she and her beau, also a UFC fighter, are walking down the aisle anytime.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Meanwhile, Browne has flunked three bouts over the past few months, including a defeat against Derrick Lewis in February. Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORYRetire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda RouseySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
The 80th Season of the UAAP will be hosted by Far Eastern University. Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University is once again the host of the UAAP, and for the league’s 80th season the school is looking to further put the spotlight on women’s volleyball.Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board, said the league is planning to hold an All-Star weekend kind of event at Mall of Asia Arena as a treat for the fans with an exhibition game pitting the league’s top women’s volleyball players as the likely centerpiece.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “One coach may takeover in the first, another in the second, and a third one in the third set,” he said. England gets 1st win in 20 years at U20 World Cup Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Montinola said the game will serve as the midseason spectacle before the league takes a short break come November.“We’re thinking of doing a three-on-three on the activity center of MOA and then we’re thinking of maybe having an All-Star game for women’s volleyball,” said Montinola during the UAAP Season 79 closing ceremony Saturday at University of Santo Tomas.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 groundMontinola added that a cheerdance competition for high school girls is also being planned as well as scheduling the beach volleyball and football tournaments at night.He also said the All-Star game will emulate the style of the NBA’s midseason exhibition where fans will vote for the best players in each position and the two team will have three coaches each. LATEST STORIES China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this April
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 View comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ He did say there would be a knockout but it’s not on him to say which round Horn will taste the canvas.“I don’t know, he’s a tough guy from Australia,” said Roach of Horn Thursday at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex. “But that’s really up to Manny, Manny can knock him out whenever he wants in my opinion.”Pacquiao’s last knockout victory was back in 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto with a minute remaining in he 12th round to win his first WBO welterweight title.Roach, though, is confident that Pacquiao is primed to break that dry streak especially after seeing the Filipino fighter breeze through his workout.“We’re getting closer, we’re getting close,” said Roach.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sumalinog brings veteran smarts to Cignal For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Klitschko never made it to the 12th round falling to Joshua at the 2:25 of the 11th with the Brit taking home the WBA Super, IBF, and IBO World heavyweight titles.Roach also predicted that Sergey Kovalev has to stop Andre Ward in the two pound-for-pound greats’ matchup back in November 2016.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 groundKovalev scored a 2nd round knockdown but failed to capitalize allowing Ward to take a unanimous decision win and take the WBA Super, IBF, and WBO World light heavyweight belts.Roach, being the oracle that he is, though somehow backtracked on the outcome of the fight between Manny Pacquiao against Jeff Horn. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFreddie Roach is fond of giving predictions, especially when there’s a knockout involved.He once gave a piece of his mind before Anthony Joshua clobbered heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko saying the British will own the whole fight.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES
Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Discovery Channel recently announced a TV special for its annual Shark Week on July 23 called “PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS. GREAT WHITE,” which will feature a race between the legendary swimmer and one Great White Shark.“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds,” the TV network said in a press release.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“But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark—the race is on!”The 31-year-old Phelps also teased his upcoming showdown with a photo on his Instagram account. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ United States’ Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Michael Phelps has pretty much accomplished everything there is in professional swimming, and he’s ready to face perhaps his greatest adversary yet.Instead of racing against the best swimmers in the world, the American Olympian will attempt to out-swim one of the most ferocious water predators known to man.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in ESPN, meanwhile, noted that Phelps clocked around 6 mph in 2010.Aside from competing against a Great White Shark, Phelps will also appear in another “Shark Week” project: “Shark School,” which will dispel myths and common misconceptions about the fish. Khristian Ibarrola /ra China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Although Phelps has accomplished several superhuman feats underwater during his illustrious career, he’s going to have his work cut out for him against the majestic beast.Sharks typically swim an average of 5 miles per hour, but Great Whites are known to cruise around 25 mph when in attack mode, according to Jennifer Kennedy of ThoughtCo.com.ADVERTISEMENT Rhodes overwhelmed with first career Finals, but knows he has more to do SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Recently hired national surfing coach, Ben Bourgeois, believes Jamaican surfers can make it to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty teams will be given the chance to participate in surfing at the next Olympic Games for the first time and Bourgeois believes with the right equipment, Jamaica could be one of those who make the cut to the Japan capital. “I think the chances of us qualifying for the inaugural participation of surfing at the Olympics Games are good,” Bourgeois, who is a retired professional surfer, said. “I think we can do it especially that there are some smaller events leading up to it that the surfers can really gain some experience from.” He continued: “But we have to get the right equipment and it is difficult to get equipment down to the island.” One of those tune-up meets will be taking place in Barbados early next month. President of the association, Anthony ‘Billy’ Wilmot, said the event will expose the team to the competition they are expected to face in the qualifiers. “The competition we are having in Barbados is one of the largest surfing events in the Caribbean, attracting professional surfers from around the region, Central America, and the United States. It is going to give our surfers the opportunity to go in the water and compete with people of the standard they are expecting to face at the qualification event next year,” he said. Wilmot said the association will be also be using the event to whittle down the squad to the three entrants who will be allowed to represent the country at the qualifiers. “We have a squad of youth and experience, and the event will give the newcomers their chance. We didn’t want it to seem as though we are just handpicking the team, so we will be using the event to narrow down the squad to six,” Wilmot said.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh does not believe that excluding seamers from the attack for the second Test against West Indies was a setback for the country’s fast-bowling prospects.The legendary former Windies pacer said that the decision to play all spinners in the second Test was a tactical one, aimed solely at getting a positive result and securing the historic series win against the side he formerly represented.All 40 wickets fell to spin in the match as West Indies went under by an innings and 184 runs inside three days on Sunday to concede the series 2-0.RESULT MATTERS”It is just one Test match that no fast bowler played. This was a Test to try to win the series. For me, it is not sending the wrong message,” Walsh said.”Tactically, we felt it was the best for Bangladesh to win without a fast bowler. It might be the first time one hasn’t played, but the result matters. It is a tremendous feeling to have a series win.”I think everything went according to the plans of the coach, captain, and the rest of the guys had to win the series.”Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan finished with match figures of 12 for 117 as West Indies could only muster 111 in their first innings – a record low against Bangladesh – and 213 in their second.Mahmudullah’s career-best 136 had earlier propelled the hosts to 508 in their first innings.In the opening Test in Chittagong, left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was the only seamer picked and went wicket-less from four overs.MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMEWalsh, who holds the record for the most wickets by a West Indies bowler with 519, said there would be opportunities for Bangladesh seamers on upcoming tours, where wickets were more conducive to seam.”Hopefully, when we go to New Zealand [in February next year], the seamers might get a better opportunity,” Walsh said.”We might get different types of wickets, and they should want to grab those opportunities as well. We haven’t grabbed it in any overseas tour, and that to me is a bigger concern.”Walsh hinted that being a former West Indies player, there had been some ambivalence over the series result.”I might say that I am disappointed with probably how things have unfolded, but I am very happy to be involved with Bangladesh,” said the former Windies captain and selector.”We are in a winning situation, so my pride is intact. As a West Indian, you are going to be disappointed in the performance.”