Month: February 2020

Rookie Verano leads Ateneo past struggling NU

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Ateneo went on to fire on all cylinders, hitting 7-of-18 from threes The Blue Eagles also avenged their 70-60 setback to the Bulldogs in the first round last month.NU’s woes continued as it reeled to its fifth straight defeat and dropped to 4-7.J-Jay Alejandro topscored for the Bulldogs with 13 markers.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sablan blasts officiating in UST’s blowout loss to DLSU 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 FUNDcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Verano also had two rebounds and two steals to help the Eagles stay in solo third place with a 6-4 record.“I think we’ve seen glimpses of Raffy in some of the other games. He’s a sparkplug for us off the bench,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “He plays well defensively, but he also proved today that he can also score.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIsaac Go added nine markers and three boards, while Aaron Black got seven points and three rebounds for the Eagles.“Coming into this game, we knew that we’re up against an NU team that might be a little more desperate and we know that NU’s system, especially defensively, is really very tough, so we wanted to make sure that we executed offensively,” said Arespacochaga. ATENEO 65 – Verano 20, Go 9, Black 7, Asistio 6, Babilonia 6, Tolentino 6, Ravena 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Mendoza 2, Wong 2, Escaler 0, Ikeh 0, Ildefonso 0, Ma. Nieto 0, Porter 0, White 0.NU 50  – Alejandro 13, Aroga 8, Salem 7, M. Diputado 6, Morido 5, R. Diputado 3, Gallego 3, Rangel 3, Pate 2, Abatayo 0, Mosqueda 0, Salim 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 11-8, 34-16, 52-34, 65-50. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRaffy Verano emerged as the unlikely hero, leading Ateneo in a huge 65-50 victory over National University Sunday in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 6-foot-3 rookie exploded for 20 points, 11 of which coming in the second quarter where the Blue Eagles broke away to erect a 34-16 halftime edge.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter View commentslast_img read more

Holloway wins interim featherweight title, KOs Pettis

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first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports It was the first time a UFC belt was on the line for just one fighter. It became an interim featherweight title bout for Holloway when Pettis failed to make weight on Friday, coming in 3 pounds over the 145-pound limit. Pettis was fined 20 percent of his purse as a result.The win sets up a possible showdown for Holloway with official belt-holder Jose Aldo at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. Holloway said UFC President Dana White already offered him the fight following his win over Pettis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliBoth Aldo and Holloway have lost to former featherweight champ Conor McGregor, but McGregor was stripped of his belt in late November by UFC because he had yet to defend it while fighting in other classes.Aldo was given the belt, but he hasn’t fought since beating Frankie Edgar in July at UFC 200. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Teng set to be top pick by AMA in PBA D-League Draft EDITORS’ PICK Max Holloway celebrates after defeating Anthony Pettis, right, to win the interim featherweight title during the main event of a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 206, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Peter Power/The Canadian Press via APTORONTO — Max Holloway has his belt, and now he’s going on the hunt.The garrulous Hawaiian scored a knockout over Anthony Pettis 4:50 into the third round for the interim featherweight championship in the co-main event at UFC 206 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young “I already had to give up Thanksgiving for this fight, I had to give up my birthday and it’s hard to find the guy,” Holloway said. “Like I said, ‘Hashtag: Where’s Jose Waldo.’ Let me know when you find him.“I don’t want to give up my son’s birthday and Christmas for February 11 and he don’t show up, you know? This guy has a (habit) of not showing up to the fight. We’ll see what happens.”During his post-fight interview in the octagon, Pettis said he broke his right hand with his first punch in the first round.Earlier, Cub Swanson won a unanimous decision over Dooho Choi (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) in an entertaining featherweight bout.Emil Meek got the main card started by defeating Lethbridge, Alberta, native Jordan Mein by unanimous decision (29-28) in his UFC debut.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Toronto’s Misha Cirkunov forced Nikita Krylov to tap out at 4:38 of the first round with a guillotine choke. Cirkunov improved to 4-0 in UFC and moved into the top 10 at the light heavyweight level.“I definitely belong in the top 10,” Cirkunov said. “I’m on an eight-fight win streak since I dropped my coach. I’d like to fight Mauricio Shogun Rua. If I fight a big name like that, more than just Toronto will see my potential. The whole world will see my potential.”Olivier “The Quebec Kid” Aubin-Mercier was the first Canadian to emerge victorious, defeating Drew Dober in a lightweight bout. The Montreal native forced Dober into submission with rear-naked choke, causing the referee to stop the fight at 2:57 of the second round.“I’m still at the point where I can improve,” Aubin-Mercier said. “(Dober) was a really tough opponent, my toughest opponent so far, so I got a little emotional after the win.”In her UFC debut, Viviane Pereira beat Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau of Montreal by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in the lone women’s strawweight bout on the card.Letourneau, who fell to 3-3 in UFC, was initially supposed to fight Poliana Botelho, but Botelho was dropped from the card in October.Rustam Khabilov beat Bolton, Ontario, native Jason Saggo by unanimous decision, 30-27, in the first of two lightweight bouts on the evening. John “The Bull” Makdessi didn’t fare much better in the second lightweight bout. Makdessi, of Montreal, was knocked out by a spinning heel kick to the chin from Lando Vannata.In a bantamweight bout, Mitch Gagnon of Sudbury, Ontario, fell to Matthew Lopez in a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27). MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 FUNDlast_img read more

Tech prize finalists promote collaboration to fight extinction

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first_imgArtificial Intelligence, Conservation Solutions, Drones, Extinction, Sensors, Technology, Whales, Wildtech Article published by Sue Palminteri Conservation X Labs recently announced 20 finalists for the Con X Tech Prize. As finalists, each project receives $3,500 seed money to develop ideas that may be early stage or broad in scope.Among the finalists, the Wild N.O.S.E technology will use olfactory data to detect animals or animal parts and help stem trafficking, and the Right Whale Auto-Detect project listens for and identifies whale calls and then warns ships of whales in the area.These projects express Con X Tech values, such as collaboration, working across disciplines and thinking big enough to deliver transformative conservation solutions with “exponential impact.” One finalist will be selected in November 2018 to receive the $20,000 grand prize. The non-profit Conservation X Labs (CXL) recently announced twenty finalists for the Con X Tech Prize – subtitled “Hacking Extinction.” The finalists will receive $3,500 to continue developing their projects, which include embedded image-sorting for camera traps, marine-specific animal tags, and a “Fitbit for Orangutans.” Teams are building databases, devices, and algorithms. And more importantly, they are mixing experts in aerospace with experts in fisheries and biologists with engineers.A young orangutan in Sabah, Malaysia. With forest increasingly converted to oil palm and other industrial agriculture, would a biologger help conservationists learn when orangutans are stressed or how far they must travel to find food? Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.“You could get extra points in the evaluation if you had people from different disciplines on the team,” said Cassie Hoffman, director of Field Operations at CXL and spokesperson for the prize. Hopefully, according to Hoffman, these projects will encourage researchers to work on problems outside their areas of expertise.“Bringing people from these different fields presents such challenges I think –different vocabularies, sometimes different cultures,” Hoffman says. As a social scientist, Hoffman saw cross-discipline communication issues right away while working with engineers. “Engineers will say, ‘We engineers solve problems.’ Social scientist will say, ‘How do you solve poverty?’”Promoting new, disruptive technologiesAnthony Giordano, chief conservation officer at S.P.E.C.I.E.S* and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, admits that he sought out the challenge (as a biologist) of working with an engineer on the Wild N.O.S.E. project, another Con X Tech Prize finalist.“I frequently find myself putting myself out of my comfort zone because I realize if I don’t do that, I’m not putting myself in the path of finding solutions,” Giordano says.  “There’s no question we need to think more broadly. That’s what the [CXL] digital maker space is all about. Bringing in engineers to solve conservation problems, this could be potentially transformative.”One of the hopes at CXL and its digital maker space is that conservation challenges will inspire mathematicians, programmers, engineers to make a career in solving problems for conservation.Giordano expects that the technical people on his team will also learn from him – fieldwork poses some unique puzzles. For example, a perfectly functional camera trap can start delivering occluded or empty images.“When you put camera trap out in the world, they don’t realize that’s a living environment.” Within three months, Giordano explains, the camera could become buried in overgrowth.Pangolins are cryptic mammals that use trees and burrows, making them difficult to detect through video and audio, so Wild N.O.S.E. is exploring scent detection. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Giordano’s project is exploratory and in the spirit of thinking big. The Wild N.O.S.E. (Next Generation Olfactory and Scent Evaluator) team is exploring the idea of an affordable handheld device that might detect:wildlife, including cryptic or burrowing species, for needed researchanimal parts, headed for illegal marketshunters in areas where hunting is illegalinvasive species at low levels, for timely interventionplaces where animal parts have been, such as a stash removed by poachersThe team has left all possibilities open as they assess the olfactory sensing technology currently in use; for example, the orthogonal (using multiple, varied sensors) handheld detector firefighters use to alert of potentially toxic fumes.“We’re fairly sure that the technology for something like this already exists,” says Giordano. “Can we adapt it for our purposes?”Those involved with CXL are betting on technology’s potential for “exponential impact.” With species like the North Atlantic right whale numbering fewer than 500 individuals, all vulnerable to lobster lines and shipping collisions, technology seems to offer a rare hope against the ticking clock of extinction.Another of the 20 finalists, the Right Whale Auto-Detection project uses a hydrophone, passive listening, and deep neural networks to identify right whale calls and alert ships before a deadly ship strike occurs.A North Atlantic right whale, of which fewer than 500 remain. Image by Moira Brown, Courtesy of New England Aquarium.“The scary thing is even if we stop [striking whales] now,” says Mark Henderson, spokesperson for the Right Whale Auto-Detection project, “we’re going to have a couple of decades of problems.”The Auto-Detection unit will be a retrained version of the team’s successful PoachStopper, which was trained through machine learning to detect and identify boat motors.“Not only can you tell things about the motor – the size, the make, or model – but you can fingerprint individual motors – the computer can tell the difference between my motor and your motor.”The group hopes that once PoachStopper is retrained, it will be able to fingerprint right whales the way it identifies motors.“Our hypothesis: if we can fingerprint the animals, then we can probably figure out other information based on the sound that they make,” Henderson says.He mentions it may even be possible to collaborate with a technology solution used by Ocean Alliance, the SnotBot.“It’s like a drone with a bunch of Petri dishes stuck to it that flies over a whale and waits for the whale to spout,” Henderson says, “and catches the spout and flies it back for analysis. It turns out that in the snot of the whale, basically like sneezing, they can find pregnancy hormones. They can find enzymes that have to do with [the whale’s] overall health. They can find all sorts of information that they used to have to harpoon the animal to get.”Spin-off collaborations form a core goal for the Con X community. Among the current finalists, the spirit of collaboration extends outward to some unlikely partners, those invested in wildlife endangering activities. Support from the shipping industry, for example, has helped this team move forward in their development process.“If you talk to a lot of people [in the shipping industry], they’re on board,” Henderson says. “A whale strike is extremely costly. You can lose up to 2 million dollars minimum if you strike a whale with a big container ship. You miss deadlines; you have to spend an afternoon with the Coast Guard. More importantly, the whale is injured or dead.”Apart from 20 prizewinners, Conservation X Labs funds other groundbreaking projects in keeping with the collaborative ethic, such as the LobsterLift, a “lobster trap that doesn’t also trap whales.”Conservation X Labs-featured project team presenting LobsterLift at the Make For The Planet competition, IMCC5 in Kuching, Malaysia. The trap, buoy, and air tank are all visible. Image courtesy of Conservation X Labs.Because “80 percent of right whale entanglements over 30 years have been due to non-mobile pots and nets,” says their proposal, the team has been developing a lineless lobster trap that will rise on signal, as a balloon fills with air. “Our technology enables lobstermen to keep fishing the way they always have – important for encouraging adoption.” Collaboration with stakeholders in the lobster fishing industry facilitates adoption of new technologies.The $3,500 finalist awards are intended to support exploratory early-stage research because, Hoffman says, investors often neglect that area of funding. Feasibility, according to Hoffman, is more of a “second round” priority for Con X Tech. In the second round, 20 finalists will boil down to one winner of the $20,000 grand prize, to be announced in November.*S.P.E.C.I.E.S. – The Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological StudyFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more