first_imgSINGAPORE (AFP) — Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova produced another extraordinary comeback to win her second straight match at the WTA Finals on Wednesday, sealing a place in the semi-finals.Just two days after she saved a match point to defeat the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, Kuznetsova again rallied back from the brink to beat US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6) in a heart-stopper at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Some things get together and you get confidence. I see opponents fear me more than before because I win matches, I fight, and I’ll be there. It doesn’t matter if I play like crap and I’m sore, I will just be there.”Pliskova, seven years younger than Kuznetsova but with ice in her veins as well after saving a match point to beat Muguruza on Monday, looked poised to end Kuznetsova’s inspired run when she recovered from 4-1 down in the deciding third set to lead 6-5.RelentlessBut the towering Czech squandered her chance to serve out the match, hitting a string of unforced errors as she tried to end the contest quickly, as the relentless Kuznetsova broke back and forced a tiebreaker.The match was still in the balance when Pliskova saved three successive match points to draw level at 6-6 in the tiebreaker when the more experienced Kuznetsova regained her composure and won the next two points to seal victory.“I’m not surprised at all,” Pliskova said. “She’s won two Grand Slams, so it’s not someone who just came up.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 9 athletes, including 6 medalists, caught for Beijing doping Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908center_img Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Kuznetsova still has another round-robin match to play on Friday against Garbine Muguruza but is already assured of finishing top of the White Group standings after Muguruza was beaten 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 by Radwanska in Wednesday’s late match.Muguruza is out of the running for the semis after losing her first two matches, leaving Pliskova and Radwanska to battle it out on Friday to see who else goes through with Kuznetsova from the group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentWith sweat pouring from her face and her muscles aching after she had run herself ragged for more than two hours, the 31-year-old Kuznetsova triumphed through sheer willpower and nerves of steel.“I play with my heart. I always do,” Kuznetsova said. “But maybe I’m starting to believe a little bit more than before. I just hang in there more. We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway “She is very strong woman and she can really play tennis. She has a tough game.”With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova both absent from the prestigious end-of-season championship, Kuznetsova has emerged as the unlikely headline act of the $7 million tournament, restricted to the world’s top eight players.She defied the odds just to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 2009, only sneaking into the elite field after winning the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Saturday, then hopped straight on a plane and made the long flight to Southeast Asia.Jet-lagged when she arrived, she seemed to be heading towards defeat in her first match with Radwanska when she asked the umpire for a pair of scissors and began cutting her own hair during a change of ends.She went on and won the match as footage of the impromptu haircut went viral on social media, winning Kuznetsova a legion of new fans, but upsetting her regular hairstylist.“I took the headband off and I was like, it looks weird,” Kuznetsova said. “So I made a picture and I sent it to my hair cutter. He was like, ‘I’m going to kill you’.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBut the season didn’t end the way Thirdy wanted as he crumbled playing in the championship series against fierce rival and heavy favorite La Salle. “I was kind of pressured,” he confesses. “I admit it was my fault that I got pressured.”The Green Archers swept the Blue Eagles in the best-of-three where Thirdy struggled, committing crucial turnovers in the final stretch of Game 1 and missing all 10 of his field-goal attempts in Game 2. “Gravity of the game,” he says. “It went into my head and affected my game. It’s not an excuse not to play.”Postseason, Thirdy had expected to hear all the noise again—the scrutiny, the criticisms, the constant comparison with the Ravena men. But like in recent setbacks in his young career, Thirdy quickly vows: “I’ll come back stronger. Hopefully, play better—good enough to win the championship.”Thirdy has learned to filter the negatives. Much like how he zones out when he turns his music on. Perhaps, it helps that basketball isn’t the only thing that defines this Ravena. And that’s how he wants it—him, playing to his own beat, on and off the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Thirdy (left) is immune to the constant comparison with his dad, former pro Bong, and Kiefer. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEThere may be more hip-hop tracks on his playlist than game plays on his head. Not that his mind isn’t really into sports. Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III, the youngest of the celebrated Ravena basketball players, just happens to love music.A few years back, Thirdy got fascinated with how DJs light up parties with cool jams. So he saved up for an equipment, learned how to spin and, eventually, had some gigs of his own. But all the music stuff remains just a hobby.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No stopping Cabagnot PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Basketball still tops Thirdy’s priority list. Although his family had long tried to ingrain in him that he’s the most athletic in the brood, the 6-foot-2 swingman has only recently embraced his skills—like how he can drop a single windmill slam or shake off defenders with a nifty crossover or go for a chasedown block.It may have taken Thirdy some time to grasp his potential in the sport where he had to come after his father Bong, a former PBA stalwart with multiple championships, and his popular older brother Kiefer, who won back-to-back UAAP Most Valuable Player awards and also powered Ateneo to the crown twice.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngWhen you’re third in line, perhaps pressure weighs you down. But Thirdy claims he has learned to deal with it—from the comparisons to Bong and Kiefer (“It came to a point that I no longer think about it,” he says) to the expectations of inheriting the King Eagle tag in the Ateneo men’s basketball team (“A label is just a label. What’s important is we work as a team”).When Thirdy turned 20 a few weeks ago, Kiefer posted a birthday greeting on his social media account: “Welcome to post-teenage years or what we call the real world. Allow every opportunity to be a learning opportunity for you to be a better player and a person. Continue to work hard and be the joker in the family. We love you, brodie!” Senators to proceed with review of VFA The message echoes the Ravenas’ belief that Thirdy has more to show. “He hasn’t reached his full potential, he’s just playing the game,” his mother Mozzy says. “It came so easy with him, even if he started playing basketball late.”“If he reaches his potential, basketball will be even easier for him,” adds Bong.Kiefer, despite his stellar amateur career, has always been vocal about how his only brother possesses a better skill-set than him. “It came to a point that we were kind of hard on Thirdy because we wanted him to realize how good he is,” he says. “We were really pushing him to the limit. Eventually, [his talent] came out, even if it was a bit late.”Kiefer shares: “When Thirdy got his playing time [with Ateneo in the UAAP juniors], he made it to the Mythical Five right away in third-year high school, and in fourth year, he was MVP.”How Thirdy can seemingly just turn it on became evident again in the recent UAAP men’s basketball tournament. Despite getting cut last season due to academic deficiencies, Thirdy quickly rediscovered his groove, earned a spot on the Mythical Team and surprisingly powered a young Blue Eagles squad to the title round.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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’ PICKlast_img read more

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young PBA IMAGESFinally, GlobalPort can turn over a new leaf.Haunted by their monumental collapse last week, the Batang Pier exorcised their demons and came away with a 97-89 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I did not want to let my team feel that I abandoned them.”But he didn’t have to as the devastating loss to the Fuel Masters alone served as enough motivation for the Batang Pier to bounce back.“Palagi yun nasa isip namin. Yun yung topic namin kung paano kami magme-maintain ng lamang namin at hindi na mahahabol,” GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo said.“Kagaya ng game ngayon, lamang kami tapos nahabol pa rin. Na-sustain lang namin nung mga last minute. Pano kung hindi na naman namin na-agapan. Ang sakit na naman, di ba?” he continued as the Batang Pier once again lost hold of a 16-point edge in the first half.(That’s always in our minds. That’s what we always talk about, on how we’ll maintain our lead. Like in today’s game, we were leading but they were still able to catch up. We just sustained it during those last minutes. What if we weren’t able to secure it again. That would be tough, right?)ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Warriors squander Curry’s 40 points, lose to Grizzlies in OT Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughtercenter_img Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing01:31Taiwan 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 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Consider it lesson learned, though, as GlobalPort refused to sink despite the spirited fightback from Meralco.Pumaren praised his wards for rising through the adversity as it now looks forward to the remainder of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.“There was a little pressure with our players, but when we stick to our game plan, we can survive that kind of games,” he said. “At least we survived, that’s what’s important.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taking notes from its heartbreaking 101-99 loss to Phoenix last Dec. 28 where it squandered a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, GlobalPort made sure there won’t be any meltdowns as it held off the Bolts and averted another collapse.READ: Phoenix overcomes 26-point deficit, stuns GlobalPortFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“Bad experience for us last game when we were ahead and we weren’t able to keep our composure together,” said coach Franz Pumaren. “This game, we stuck to our own gameplan and we stuck to our system.”The defeat hit the team so hard that Pumaren had to cut short his business trip in Europe. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Diseases, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Mammals, Research, Ungulates, Wildlife, Zoonotic Diseases 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 Researchers say they believe they have identified the potential cause of a foot disease that affected 24 huemul deer in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park between 2005 and 2010.Preliminary results from tests on tissue samples taken from an infected fawn suggest that a parapoxvirus, a group of viruses that commonly infect and cause lesions in livestock, could have been the main cause of the foot disease.If the pox virus is indeed the disease agent, then it’s an additional threat to the endangered species because these viruses are highly contagious, researchers say.The study’s authors say they suspect the parapoxvirus may have come from cattle that was illegally introduced in the national park in 1991. Between 2005 and 2010, 24 huemul deer in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park developed a mysterious foot disease. Their hooves swelled, they limped and appeared to be in pain. In some cases, the deer became too incapacitated to move and eventually died. Researchers are now a step closer to finding out what may have caused this outbreak: it could have been a type of pox virus, they report in a new study published in PLOS ONE.Arriving at this likely disease agent has taken nearly a decade. This is partly because Bernardo O’Higgins National Park (BONP), Chile’s largest protected area, is hard to get to and monitor. It’s located in a remote part of the country, one broken up by a network of fjords and inlets, and includes numerous glaciers and part of the southern Patagonian continental ice cap that runs between Chile and Argentina. Accessible only by a boat ride of several days, the park’s remote location has protective value: Bernardo O’Higgins remains one of the last strongholds for the endangered huemul, or South Andean, deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) in the world. But the isolation of the park also makes conservation difficult.Huemul deer are an endangered species. Image by Alejandro Vila/Wildlife Conservation Society.Park rangers detected the first case of an infected deer there in 2005. One of the adult females they had been regularly monitoring was showing signs of foot lesions and swelling that caused her to limp painfully. Four days after they first spotted the problem, the rangers found the deer dead in a lagoon, with numerous footprints of culpeo, or Andean foxes (Pseudalopex culpaeus), in the surrounding mud. The deer had probably been chased by the foxes, the rangers thought, and unable to move quickly because of worsening health, she had become easy prey.“The rangers actually carried her to the field station and carried out the first necropsy,” Marcela Uhart, a wildlife veterinarian with the University of California, Davis, and co-author of the study, told Mongabay. “I was on the roof of my house with a satellite phone, working through the necropsy with them, telling them ‘OK now cut through this, then cut through that.’ It was very emotional and difficult for them. These were animals that they’d grown attached to, but the rangers understood the value of collecting those samples and preserving them the best way possible.”Over the next five years, the rangers recorded a total of 24 deer with the foot disease. Around 40 percent of these deer died, mostly because the disease destroys the structure of their foot and makes it hard for them to walk or run, Uhart said. “The disease has a high fatality rate but it was mostly related to the animals not being able to move anymore and protect themselves from being attacked by predators or even eat or drink.”An adult female huemul with the foot disease. Image by Jose Paredes / CONAF.Collecting samples from all the infected deer, however, proved to be a massive challenge in the harsh landscape. In many cases, the rangers followed the animals over several days, Uhart said, only to lose them and not find their bodies or remains again. The rangers did manage to collect samples from a few individuals, but a combination of factors, including issues with preservation of the samples in Chile, meant that samples from only one fawn were good enough to be sent to labs in the United States for further analysis. There, pathologists and molecular biologists associated with the Wildlife Conservation Society ran a wide range of tests on the samples over several years to finally find the potential cause of the foot disease: a parapoxvirus, a group of viruses that commonly infect and cause lesions in livestock.“The biggest challenge we had was finding disease tests that were sensitive enough to pick DNA of the pathogens without the samples being in ideal condition,” Uhart said. “For virology, for example, the samples we would have to be preserved frozen. That’s not an option in this location. So we have to do what we can with samples fixed in formalin, which actually kills the virus, so then if you want to culture it to know what it is exactly, you can’t. It makes things very complicated.”Despite the hurdles, the researchers say they think the virus is the mostly likely disease agent. “We call it the potential cause because we identified it in only one animal, so we cannot say that this was the factor in all cases, but all cases were very similar,” Uhart said.To know for sure, the researchers would have to find the virus in more animals. “In theory you’ll have to infect an animal with this virus and see if this disease develops — that would be the only way to confirm that this is the cause,” Uhart said. “But at least finding it in more animals that are affected would be the first suggestion that there is a role of the virus in all these cases.”A male huemul fawn with the foot disease. Image by Jose Paredes / CONAF.The researchers’ goal now is to follow up to see if there are new cases and get samples as quickly as possible to search for the virus. But while there have been new anecdotal records of this disease in the huemul deer population in the park, these records haven’t been confirmed yet.“This preliminary study is of high value, but of course it requires more understanding,” Christian Saucedo, a veterinarian and conservation director of the nonprofit Conservacion Patagonica, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. “The information that is shared in this study is of a couple years ago. What we need in the near future is a picture of current status of the deer population and the disease in that population.”As to where the parapoxvirus came from, the study’s authors have a suspicion: their analysis showed that the virus DNA in the sample was closely related to livestock viruses. The researchers say that cattle that were illegally introduced in the Huemules Valley of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park in 1991, which then grew in number, could have played a role in the disease outbreak. Although most cattle were removed by 2004, some escaped into surrounding valleys and may still be around. Of the 24 affected deer, 18 were found in the Huemules Valley, while the remaining deer were found in the more isolated Bernardo and Katraska Valleys, where rangers found six sick deer between 2008 and 2010.“The cattle were removed from the area before the cases showed up, but not all cattle were removed,” Uhart said. “So while we can’t say that there’s an exact overlap in time, the genetic identity of the virus suggests that it is a virus that is very closely related to livestock viruses.”This, Saucedo added, is further evidence that shows that the huemul deer population isn’t compatible with livestock in the same areas. “This finding provides additional support to the decision makers to be more strong on the policies to control the livestock in protected areas,” he said.Between 2005 and 2010, 24 huemul deer were recorded with foot disease. Image by Alejandro Vila/Wildlife Conservation Society.If the pox virus is indeed the cause of the foot disease in the huemul deer, then it could pose a considerable threat to the species. This is because pox viruses are highly contagious, and close contact between deer, such as mother and fawn, could result in the disease spreading easily, Uhart said. Moreover, the viruses that are shed into the environment, such as from scabs from the infected feet that are in close contact with the soil, water or plants, can also infect other individuals.“If the environment is infected then you have a huge problem because no matter what you do with the animal, for example if you remove cattle, the environment is already infectious and it’s sustaining the infection on its own, which could be the case here [but] we don’t know,” Uhart said.Saucedo added that while the study’s results are not conclusive, the virus does seem like one of the most probable causes of the disease for now.“The remoteness of the area in general makes logistics and access to samples in good condition a real challenge,” he said. “So all the information that is possible to produce is valuable especially since the lack of information is a limitation for conservation.”Uhart agreed that the disease needs further investigation. But for an endangered species like the huemul deer that’s already suffered severe declines in the past due to habitat loss and poaching, any disease cannot be taken lightly, she said. “And because of that we want to highlight that there is a lot to gain from collaboration, especially with government agencies, academia, NGOs, so that in the future we don’t have so many challenges to identify what’s happening, and we can together contribute to the solutions.”Citation:Vila, A. R., Briceño, C., McAloose, D., Seimon, T. A., Armién, A. G., Mauldin, E. A., … & Paredes, J. (2019). Putative parapoxvirus-associated foot disease in the endangered huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile. PLOS ONE, 14(4), e0213667.center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more