Portland, 110, Warriors, 109: Warriors’ struggles continue

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors lived through so many exhilarating highs, frustrating lows and plenty of head-scratching moments.Eventually, though, the Warriors finished with a 110-109 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday at Oracle Arena because of something that has surprisingly plagued this All-Star laden team. They could not make a play when they needed it most. Warriors forward …last_img

Collaborative efforts at CITES CoP17 in South Africa

first_imgThe 183 Parties were discussing 120 documents and 62 proposals at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.South Africa, she added, was delighted to host the conference.Watch her welcome message:“Delegates should be prepared to work throughout and make sure that we make our nations proud and at the heart of it all to save our species that are almost extinct but also regulating those that need to be regulated,” she said.At the gathering, the delegates, who include ministers and government representatives from the member countries, representatives from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society and other stakeholders, are taking decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking, among other things.Continental agreementThe 12 African rhino range states and ex-range states have agreed on an overall strategy to tackle poaching and increase the population of the animals in the coming five years.Molewa launched the African Rhino Range States’ African Rhino Conservation Plan on the sidelines of the conference on 25 September.Minister Molewa addressing the side event of the rhino conservation range states action plan #CITES #CoP17 pic.twitter.com/eQjNzFrILk— Environmentza (@environmentza) September 25, 2016The African rhino range states and ex-range states are Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Spanning a period of two years, with discussions spread out over three workshops, the plan took shape. The minister emphasised that it was important for the range states to work together to increase rhino populations.But the plan would not override current national plans. The African plan focused on general principles of conservation on which all states could agree.“It seeks to complement national plans by providing an overarching higher-level umbrella plan under which all the national plans can fit,” she said. “The continental plan also seeks to identify and focus on areas where collectively and co-operatively there may be opportunities for range states to work together to enhance rhino conservation.”Key pointsProtection, law enforcement, investigations and intelligence: to implement legislation and strengthen law enforcement actions between both countries and different departments of government; improving investigation and collectively sharing knowledge, skill and state of the art technology; Biological management: to achieve the envisioned growth rate to sustain, and manage the rhino population and to conserve genetic diversity through standardised monitoring; Co-ordination: to improve co-ordination between range states by active involvement on an international scale; Socio-economic: creating support for conservation by tapping into the local population through empowerment of people; Political support: to boost collective continental political support for rhino conservation; Communication and public support: to garner understanding and support from the public and all stakeholders involved in rhino conservation through targeted communication; Capacity: to make certain there are enough human resources used wisely, and make sure they are appropriately trained and equipped; and, Adequate financing: to explore and develop financing mechanisms and structures to make sure efforts are sustainable.The conference ends on 5 October 2016. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.For the full plan, click here.The ConventionCITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws.Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Wildlife and forest crime is not limited to certain countries or regions, but is a truly global phenomenon.Source: Flauna and South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

More choices for national volley squad

first_imgSo nears last 16 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “By next week we will sit down and make selection although I have something in mind already,” acting Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Pete Cayco told the Inquirer.“We will have 20 players in the pool, so we will make additions and I would like to get more players from the PVL (Premier Volleyball League) like Myla Pablo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCayco had already talked with PVL officials regarding schedules and he said they appeared amenable to accommodate the national team calendar.At present, the Philippine team has a 14-woman pool that includes just one PVL player, superstar Alyssa Valdez. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippine volleyball will reboot its program by getting six more players to bolster its pool to a 20-woman squad.Soon after the Philippine Superliga All-Star team arrives from a competition in Thailand, the coaching staff will meet to discuss the expansion of the squad which will eventually eye the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

India vs England: First Test begins at Lord’s

first_imgIndia and England go into a high-voltage cricket Test series at the Lord’s on Thursday with an eye on master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th International hundred.The India vs England first Test also happens to be the 100th Test between the two teams.The India vs England series opener is also the 2000th Test match in the history of the game.And if Sachin manages to score a hundred, the historic venue will also  become witness to another milestone in Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international century.The four-match series is also touted as a fight between two best teams of the world for Test cricket’s top position.However, of the 99 games that India has played against England, India has won 19 while England emerged victorious in 34.India also has the dubious record of winning only one out of the 10 Tests its played against England at the Lord’s.last_img read more

Shooting for bonus

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine has tabbed a playoff berth and has seven wins in eight games so far. Aside from fellow leader Phoenix Pulse, no other team in the PBA Philippine Cup has more than four wins.But that doesn’t mean coach Caloy Garcia and his Elasto Painters are taking a foot off the pedal.ADVERTISEMENT In the other game, Barangay Ginebra battles an Alaska squad that is coming off a brutal 94-80 defeat to Phoenix on Friday night.In Cagayan de Oro City, Magnolia finally crashed into the win column after holding off Meralco, 92-86.The Hotshots, reigning Governors’ Cup champs, won for the first time in four games this conference while dragging the Bolts to a 2-5 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No Jones Cup stint for Gilas; SBP eyes pocket tourneys MOST READ “Our target is really to try and make it to the Top 2, because that affords us an advantage going into the next round,” Garcia said as his team prepares to clash with TNT KaTropa on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Garcia wants that playoff edge to assure Rain or Shine a trouble-free quarterfinals. The top two teams at the end of the elimination round will only need to beat their playoff foes in the first round once to advance. To get booted out, the top teams need to be beaten twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“As of now, we’re playing good,” he said. “But if we want to make it far, we have to be consistent.”Before the break, Rain or Shine was riding on a five-game winning streak and is hoping to stretch that run against TNT, which is eyeing a fourth victory in seven games.last_img read more