We let Hamilton down, says Mercedes F1 boss

first_imgFormula One champions Mercedes have let Lewis Hamilton down but there is still everything to play for, team boss Toto Wolff said on Sunday as the Briton fell further behind in the title chase.Hamilton started eighth in Austria, thanks to a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, and finished fourth behind winning Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.The Briton won the same race last year.Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, extended his lead from 14 to 20 points after coming a close second.At the previous race in Azerbaijan in June, Hamilton lost what had looked a certain win from pole position after having to pit to fix a loose headrest. He finished fifth, with Vettel fourth.“In my opinion Lewis had all the bad luck that you can have,” Wolff told reporters.“We’ve let him down with the headrest, we’ve let him down with the gearbox. Now it’s about time to fight back and hopefully that’s going to happen in Silverstone.”Silverstone, Hamilton’s home British Grand Prix, is next weekend.“Generally, I feel that he didn’t have a great time most recently. He didn’t have a great time in the race today because he was suffering from the car and the tyres, he didn’t have a great time with the gearbox troubles and the headrest,” said Wolff.“So it’s about time that this changes, the momentum goes in the other direction.”Vettel and Hamilton have both won three times this season, and scored points in every race, but Hamilton has been less consistent.The triple world champion has finished off the podium four times in nine races, with a low of seventh in Monaco, while Vettel has only twice failed to make the top three – in Canada and Azerbaijan.If he cut a somewhat dejected figure afterwards, he explained that some days felt more painful than others because of what might have been and the effort expended on damage limitation.“Of course it’s a hit,” he said of the points lost to Vettel. “Twenty points behind is 20 points. It’s not great. But it could have been 30 today.“I don’t think there’s a call for me to do anything else than I’m already doing,” he added. “It’s not like the team aren’t on my side or they’re not working hard or I’m not pushing them hard enough.“I just have to keep driving the way I have been and hope things get better.”last_img read more

West Brom’s Pulis feels the heat ahead of Chelsea clash

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis would not blame the club if he was sacked because of their poor start to the English Premier League season, he said on Friday.Albion are 16th in the table, a point above the relegation places with only two wins in 11 games, and head into Saturday’s home encounter with defending champions Chelsea on the back of three consecutive defeats.British media reports this week suggested that Pulis has two games — including next weekend’s trip to third-placed Tottenham Hotspur — to save his job.“No, not at all,” the manager replied when asked at a news conference if it would be unfair if he was sacked.”It is just life, it is the way it is. If you don’t get results then you are under pressure … last year we were one result worse off than we are this year.The manager also defended his record, pointing out that he had guided West Brom to a 10th-place finish last season.“It was only the third time in the club’s history that this club has finished 10th in the league,” he said.Midfielder Nacer Chadli will miss the Chelsea game and faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a muscle injury in training.The Belgium international missed West Brom’s pre-season training camp in Austria and has played only two league games this season after a series of injuries.“We are disappointed … he played the two 90 minutes (for Belgium during the international break) and ended up getting an injury yesterday in training that’s going to keep him out for the foreseeable future,” Pulis said.last_img read more

Buffon says will accept offer to play again for Italy

first_imgItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is prepared to go back on his decision to retire from international football if he is picked for the friendlies against England and Argentina next month.The 40-year-old had called it a day in November immediately after Italy’s astonishing failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup, ending a 20-year international career in which he made 175 appearances.However, on Monday Italy’s interim coach Luigi Di Biagio said that it was not right that Buffon’s international career should end with the infamous 0-0 draw against Sweden which condemned them to a first World Cup absence for 60 years.“I had thought about going on holiday for a few days with my family, but when the national team needs you, you must be present and not desert them,” replied Buffon during the programme Tiki Taka broadcast on the Mediaset network.“There’s nothing to add to Di Biagio’s words other than I feel a sense of responsibility and loyalty which I must give to the national team in this transitional moment,” added the 2006 World Cup winner.“I repeat, it’s a way of showing loyalty and a sense of responsibility towards Italy. A new national team is being born and the first games are not comfortable ones because we will face Argentina and England.“I think that any experienced player can be useful at the start, even if it’s just to give advice to the young ones.”last_img read more

Sharapova battles past Cirstea to set up Ostapenko clash

first_imgMaria Sharapova battled past unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2 7-5 at the U.S. Open on Thursday to set up a third round clash with Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.Sharapova, who is seeded 22nd on her first appearance at Flushing Meadows since 2016, carved out a 3-0 first set lead despite making several mistakes early on and finished strongly with a dominant performance from the baseline.Cirstea fought back with some hard hitting of her own, breaking the Sharapova serve in the first game of the second set and opening up a 4-2 lead before cracking under relentless pressure from the 2006 champion.The Romanian sent a forehand into the net to offer Sharapova a break point, and allowed the Russian to level at 4-4 with a double fault.Both players exchanged further breaks of serve until Sharapova finally held to go 6-5 up, before piling pressure on her opponent as she served to stay in the match.Cirstea committed her fourth double fault to give the Russian two match points and conceded the contest with her 32nd unforced error, which Sharapova greeted with a fist-pumping celebration.The former world number one, who beat Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder in the first round, has never lost a night session match at Flushing Meadows in 22 attempts.“Well, numbers are all relative, it’s really a nice accomplishment but it doesn’t win me any more Grand Slams,” Sharapova said courtside as the clock ticked past 1:00 a.m.“There’s something about this court, something about New York, there’s something about this crowd. You have to be a little crazy to be here past midnight, so thank you.”Sharapova will resume her quest for a sixth Grand Slam crown against 10th seed Ostapenko, who beat American Taylor Townsend 4-6 6-3 6-4 earlier in the day.“It only gets tougher from here,” the Russian added. “Being seeded in the 20s means you’re going to get grand slam winners in the third round, as I have. But I’m looking forward to it.”Day 4, Thursday, Aug. 30Women’s Singles resultsLesia Tsurenko def. No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-2No. 4 Angelique Kerber def. Johanna Larsson, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4No. 5 Petra Kvitova def. Yafan Wang, 7-5, 6-3No. 6 Caroline Garcia def. Monica Puig, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko def. Taylor Townsend, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4Aliaksandra Sasnovich def. No. 11 Daria Kasatkina, 6-2, 7-6(3)No. 13 Kiki Bertens def. Francesca Di Lorenzo, 6-2, 6-1No. 14 Madison Keys def. Bernarda Pera, 6-4, 6-1No. 20 Naomi Osaka def. Julia Glushko, 6-2, 6-0No. 22 Maria Sharapova def. Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 7-5No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 7-6(9-7)No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova def. Su-Wei Hsieh, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4Katerina Siniakova def. Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(4)Aleksandra Krunic def. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 6-1Marketa Vondrousova def. Eugenie Bouchard, 6-4, 6-3Day 5, Friday, Aug. 31Women’s Singles scheduleNo. 3 Sloane Stephens vs. Victoria AzarenkaNo. 7 Elina Svitolina vs. Qiang WangNo. 8 Karolina Pliskova def. Sofia KeninNo. 15 Elise Mertens vs. No. 23 Barbora StrycovaNo. 16 Venus Williams vs. No. 17 Serena WilliamsNo. 18 Ashleigh Barty vs. Karolina MuchovaNo. 19 Anastasija Sevastova vs. Ekaterina MakarovaRebecca Peterson vs. Kaia Kanepilast_img read more

Liverpool and Spurs ready for Champions League showdown

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham will be part of history when they meet in the Champions League final.The Premier League sides battle it out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Saturday, three days after Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League showpiece, making it the first time ever that all four European finalists have come from the same country.It is also just the second all-English European Cup final, 11 years after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow.Liverpool are back in the biggest game in European club football for the second successive year after they lost to Real Madrid last season and they are chasing a sixth crown.Spurs, however, are in uncharted territory as this is the furthest they have ever gone in the competition, either in its guise as the European Cup, where they reached the semi-final in 1962, or the current Champions League format.It is perhaps fitting that these two sides meet in the showpiece event, as although it is not quite the battle of the underdogs, both have had to get there the hard way.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been 10 minutes or less from going out of the competition on five occasions while Liverpool needed to beat Napoli in the final game to make it out of the group stage.Then there was the small matter of their respective miraculous semi-final comebacks on consecutive nights.The Reds appeared dead and buried after the first leg of their last-four clash with Barcelona as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.But a magical night at Anfield saw them produce a stunning 4-0 win to eliminate their Spanish opponents, a success boss Jurgen Klopp hailed as “unbelievable”.Spurs took inspiration from that 24 hours later as they recovered from a 3-0 aggregate deficit at half-time of their second leg against Ajax.Lucas Moura inspired the comeback as his hat-trick, which was completed in the fifth minute of injury time, earned an away goals success.Whichever manager triumphs in Madrid will see them shake off an unwanted tag.Both Klopp and Pochettino are regarded as being among the best managers in the game for the respective work they have done at their clubs and the eye-catching style of play they deploy.But neither have been able to back that up with trophies in England as both have fallen short in the big games.Klopp also has previous in this competition having been a beaten finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and with his Liverpool side 12 months ago.Liverpool’s incredible Premier League campaign, where they amassed the third-highest points tally ever but still finished second, will make them favourites against a Spurs side they took six points off.But April’s match at Anfield will give hope to Pochettino’s side, as even though they lost, they dominated the second half and should have won.They will be buoyed by the likely return of Harry Kane, setting up a shootout with Mohamed Salah that is just one of the many sub-plots of the game.Both sides will think their name is written on the trophy given their respective journeys to the final.But we will find out who is right in what will be a memorable night for English football on Saturday.last_img read more

Rugby World Cup quarter-final qualification scenarios

first_imgA look at the quarter-final qualification scenarios as teams enter the final week of pool-stage action at the Rugby World Cup (current pool points totals in brackets).POOL AIreland (11 points) can guarantee progress with a bonus-point victory over Samoa (5) on Oct. 12 but a win without a bonus point could open the way for a three-way tie at the top on 15 points. In that scenario, the deadlock would be settled by total points difference in the pool matches, with Ireland then guaranteed one of the top two slots.Scotland (5) will expect to claim a bonus-point victory over Russia on Wednesday to set up an Oct. 13 showdown with Japan (14). If Scotland win that game with no bonus points for either side, they would go above Japan on their head-to-head result. If Japan gain a losing bonus point and Scotland fail to claim a bonus point, Japan would finish above the Scots and advance to the knockout stage in first or second place.While victory or a draw for Japan would seal top spot, they could also go through as pool winners if they lose to Scotland by seven points or less but score four tries, delivering a rare but not impossible two bonus points.Assuming Scotland take the maximum five points against Russia, they could reach the quarter-finals with a bonus-point win against Japan provided they deny the host nation a bonus point themselves.Four years ago Japan won three games but finished third in their pool because of bonus points, pipped to qualification by Scotland and South Africa – the only time a team has won three pool matches and not progressed.Likely outcome: Ireland to qualify. Too close to call on who joins them.POOL BNew Zealand and South Africa look highly likely to go through in first and second place respectively, but nothing is secure yet.South Africa’s (10) progress will be guanranteed if they collect a bonus-point victory over Canada (0) on Tuesday while New Zealand (14), who have never lost a pool game, would top the group with victory in their last game against Italy (10).If Italy pull off a shock victory with no bonus points for either team, they could advance by virtue of their head-to-head record. But if Italy, New Zealand and South Africa all end on 14 points it would be the same scenario as in group A, with overall points difference the deciding factor, which would leave Italy almost no chance of advancing.Likely outcome: Wins for New Zealand, who would finish top, and South Africa, who would go through as runners-up.POOL CEngland (15) and France (13) are both through to the last eight and their Pool C encounter on Saturday will decide who tops the group.POOL DAustralia (11) will advance with victory against Georgia (5) on Oct. 11 but would be through before then if Wales (9) beat Fiji (7) on Wednesday. That would send Wales through, with the chance of securing top spot with victory over Uruguay (4) in their final game.Should Fiji beat Wales, as they did in 2007, then they, Wales, Australia and Georgia would all still have a chance.But even if Fiji triumph, Wales would be likely to win their last game against Uruguay to ensure qualification. Australia would be expected to beat Georgia, so the top two positions could be decided on by bonus points. If Wales and Australia finish on the same points total, Wales would be top thanks to their victory over the Wallabies.Likely outcome: Wales to win last two games and top the group ahead of Australia.Quarter-finalsOct. 19 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool DWinner Pool B v Runner-up Pool AOct. 20 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool CWinner Pool A v Runner-up Pool BSemi-finalsOct. 26 Winner QF1 v Winner QF2Oct. 27 Winner QF3 v Winner QF4Nov. 1 Third place playoffNov. 2 Finallast_img read more

Urijah Faber says upcoming UFC fight his last

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments Urijah Faber. File photoThe UFC on Fox 22 card in December might just be the last time we’ll ever see ‘The California Kid’ grace the octagon.Urijah Faber, the longtime UFC Bantamweight staple, announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that he plans to retire following his scheduled bout against Brad Pickett in his hometown of Sacramento, California.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 Fernandes to defend ONE title against McLaren in Manila 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchisecenter_img “I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight,” Faber revealed on the MMA Hour. “And it just feels right to do it in [Sacramento] in this new area. It just feels like the right time and the right place. I’ve been waiting for this new arena to be built, I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event and I can’t wait to do it in front of the people I love.”The 37-year-old fighter, who’s also known as one of the founders of the Sacramento-based gym Team Alpha Male, has been in the UFC in 2011 and has had an illustrious career that has spanned 14 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentFaber, who lost back-to-back fights to Jimmie Rivera and Dominick Cruz in September and June respectively, has shrugged off retirement rumors in the past months, but it seems like he is truly hanging it up for good.“I’ve been teetering with it for a long time,” Faber admitted. “The thing is that I’m lucky. Like I said, I have my health and I really love what I’m doing. But just as far as the passion goes, I have a passion for what I’m doing still, but it doesn’t get the same emotion (out of me) that it has in the past.” Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila EDITORS’ PICK Prior to joining the UFC, Faber reigned atop the Featherweight division for several years, captured in various promotions, including the now defunct WEC. He holds victories over former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and current Bantamweight titleholder Cruz, and is one of the most notable figures who helped propel lighter weight classes into the mainstream.Faber, however, was unable to capture a UFC title despite fighting for the 135-lb. belt four times. He also headlined the UFC’s first and only card in Manila in 2015 alongside Frankie Edgar.UFC on FOX 22 will be held inside the newly built Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and will be headlined by a Women’s Bantamweight bout between Paige Vanzant and Michelle Waterson.  Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Gumabao severs ties with Pocari

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Gumabao, also an assistant coach of Adamson in the UAAP, is reportedly being pursued by F2 Logistics and Petron for the coming Philippine Superliga season.Sources said Gumabao had differences with team officials despite providing leadership to Pocari, which won the SVL Open and Reinforced Conferences, the latter at the expense of Bureau of Customs led by superstar Alyssa Valdez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngSources said she’s looking for a team “that will bring out the best in her.”A stint with either the Cargo Movers or the Tri-Activ Spikers would bring her back to the PSL where she saw action for several teams like Philips Gold, Generika, AirAsia and PCSO. Michelle Gumabao of Pocari Sweat receives her citation and trophy after she is named Most Valuable Player for the Shakey’s V-League tilt in November 2016. TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.netMichele Gumabao, a certified crowd-drawer and vital cog in Pocari Sweat’s back-to-back championships in the Shakey’s V-League, is reportedly keen on a new team—if not a new league.The comely open spiker, who helped La Salle in its UAAP title run—three titles in four seasons—several years back, has refused to sign a renewal deal with the Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH Ladies Open: Del Rosario heads local challenge Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK We are young In F2, she could be reunited with Lady Archers teammates Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz along with coach Ramil de Jesus.Pocari has signed up Gyzelle Sy, Melissa Gohing, Desiree Dadang and Fille Cayetano after inking a P4.6 million deal to retain Myla Pablo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

China’s Belt and Road Initiative could increase alien species invasion

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, China And Energy, China’s Demand For Resources, Climate Change, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Global Trade, Green, Infrastructure, Mammals, Rainforests, Research, Roads, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative could introduce alien invasive species into several countries, threatening their native biodiversity, warns a new study.Researchers looked at the risk of invasion of more than 800 alien invasive vertebrate species and found that there were 14 invasion hotspots — areas that have both high introduction risk with the movement of people and goods, and conditions that would allow the invasive species to thrive.These hotspots include areas in North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.Other researchers say the study doesn’t include many other kinds of invaders, such as insects and pathogens, which can have major financial impacts on ecosystems, agriculture and livestock. China’s ambitious, multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative could introduce alien invasive species into several countries, threatening their native biodiversity, warns a new study.Announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as “One Belt One Road” and “21st-century Maritime Silk Road,” proposes to connect China to countries in Asia, Africa and Europe via a network of land- and sea-based routes, making trade between the countries easier. There are plans for an overland economic belt of six corridors, which will include infrastructure like roads, railroads, airports and gas pipelines, connecting China to Central and South Asia and Europe. There’s also the Maritime Silk Road, or sea route corridors that aim to connect China with Southeast Asia, Oceania and North Africa through a chain of seaports.The Belt and Road Initiative will link China with once remote areas of Asia via roads, railways and ports. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.While increased connectivity through mega infrastructure projects like the BRI can offer opportunities for trade and growth for the participating countries, it can have huge environmental costs too. Conservationists have, for instance, voiced their concern over the BRI potentially accelerating the invasion of alien species and the loss of native biodiversity.To find out where alien species can easily move in, Yiming Li, an ecologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his colleagues looked at the risk of invasion of more than 800 invasive species, including 98 amphibians, 177 reptiles, 391 birds and 150 mammals, across 121 countries that China considers to be potential hosts for BRI projects. For these species, the team assessed two things: the “introduction risk,” or the likelihood that a species would be introduced to a new area, and “habitat suitability,” or the likelihood that the species, once introduced, would thrive in that location because of suitable habitat.The study did not evaluate the impacts that the BRI itself would have on invasion risks, Li told Mongabay. Rather, it identified areas within BRI countries that have high invasion risk. This, Li said, would help achieve the green development goal of BRI’s sustainable development.Li’s team identified 14 invasion hotspots — areas that have both high introduction risk with the movement of people and goods, and conditions that would allow the invasive species to thrive — mostly located on the six proposed economic corridors. These hotspots include areas in North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, the researchers report in the study published in Current Biology.China’s Belt and Road Initiative showing China in Red, the members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in orange, and the six proposed corridors of the Silk Road Economic Belt, a land transportation route running from China to southern Europe via Central Asia and the Middle East, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a sea route connecting the port of Shanghai to Venice, Italy, via India and Africa. Image by Lommes via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).In just Indonesia, for instance, the study found that there could be suitable habitats for more than 300 alien vertebrate species, including the American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus or Rana catesbeiana), an amphibian native to North America that has been linked to outbreaks of the deadly chytrid fungus leading to declines in frog populations in Central America and elsewhere. Similarly, Malaysia offers suitable habitat for nearly 200 invasive species.The large number of invasive vertebrate species that could plague countries hosting Belt and Road projects is “startling,” William Laurance, a distinguished research professor at James Cook University in Australia, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. “Of course, this doesn’t include many other kinds of invaders, such as insects and pathogens, which can have major impacts on ecosystems, agriculture and livestock,” he said.There could, in fact, be “massive hidden costs of the Belt & Road for host nations,” said Laurance, who is also a member of Mongabay’s advisory board. “In particular, some invasive species could have multi-billion dollar impacts on a nation’s agricultural exports. So, really, the potential risks of the Belt & Road to spread invaders is incredibly high.”To reduce invasion risk, Li and his colleagues say there needs to be stricter surveillance of goods and commodities that move through the roads, airports, seaports and other transportation corridors. In countries that have limited resources, they also suggest establishing a special fund that would support the operation of biosecurity measures, such as increased research into preventing invasion of alien species as well as eradication techniques, and training people to identify problematic species.“The Chinese government has been starting several projects to control and prevent alien species invasions during these recent years,” Li said. “We believe that this study will be helpful for more participating countries to further facilitate their cooperation to prevent alien species invasions more effectively.”The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), an amphibian native to North America, is a damaging invasive species known to have spread the deadly chytrid fungus leading to the decline of frog populations elsewhere. Image by Yiming Li.Laurance, however, said that once new roads, railways or ports were constructed, invasive species would be able to “spread like wildfire” and be nearly impossible to stop.“It’s also extremely difficult and expensive to try to monitor and control invaders to keep them out, or control them once they’ve arrived and gotten established,” he added. “Our studies show that many Belt & Road projects are already very marginal in terms of their costs and benefits, and are intensely risky for host nations and investors in Belt & Road projects. In fact, I believe that many planned Belt & Road projects should be completely cancelled, based on our detailed cost-benefit studies of such projects across dozens of nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.”Banner image of a logging road in Malaysian Borneo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Citation:Liu, X., Blackburn, T. M., Song, T., Li, X., Huang, C., & Li, Y. (2019). Risks of Biological Invasion on the Belt and Road. Current Biology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.12.036center_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

Vietnam a challenging yet rewarding country for environmental reporting (insider)

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 Vietnam is among the hardest countries in the world to report in, as it ranked 175th out of 180 nations in Reporters Without Borders’ 2018 Press Freedom Index.Despite this ranking, foreign journalists face much less scrutiny than their local counterparts, meaning it is possible to travel around the country for field reporting, though those trips can end in utter frustration.The fast-growing country sits at the intersection of numerous environmental issues, from wildlife trafficking and climate change to deforestation and urbanization, meaning a wealth of stories is available for those willing to put in the work to get them.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — As the sun began to set behind the mountains of far northern Vietnam, two plainclothes policemen barged into the country house where I was interviewing an elderly farming couple. The officers demanded my passport, and started asking my fixer why we were there and what I was taking photos… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. 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