Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “I need to return home at once,” said Pacquiao, who’ll be missing a Senate session for the first time when the upper chamber reconvenes Nov. 7.Pacquiao will resume legislative duties the following day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“It’s important for me to be there because we will do our budget deliberations,” Pacquiao said.During the election campaign, Pacquiao, a frequent absentee in Congress, promised to give priority to his legislative duties over boxing.After beating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision last April, Pacquiao announced his retirement. We are young 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 FUND Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, waves during a welcome motorcade in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. APHOLLYWOOD—Regardless of the outcome of his title fight with Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5, Manny Pacquiao will fly back to the Philippines the day after.Deviating from his usual schedule of returning to Los Angeles by land first and taking the flight out of the US, Pacquiao will head to Manila from Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Belga and Almazan stay with RoS, seal maximum pay deals Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Thus far, he has lived up to that promise, training early morning and at night to be able to fulfill his Senate duties.The fight against Vargas was also scheduled based on the closing of the Senate sessions on Oct. 19 and its resumption.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
We are young Jessie Vargas gets back up after he was knocked down by Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. Referee Kenny Bayless is on the right. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS–Jessie Vargas now knows the difference between him being a champion and a legend like Manny Pacquiao.“You have to be alert every second to stay alive,” said Vargas, who likened fighting Pacquiao to playing a fast game of chess.ADVERTISEMENT “Jessie showed his huge heart. He never gave up,” said Cooper. “We accept our disappointments, but we will come back stronger.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ UP stays in Final Four hunt, ousts UST BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending 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 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH His trainer, Dewey Cooper, agreed.Feeling that the scores should have been closer, Cooper said Vargas proved that he isn’t a Chris Algieri type. Algieri, of course, is best remembered for the six knockdowns handed him by Pacquiao in 2014 in Macau.According to Vargas, he didn’t see the punch coming so it was a flash knockdown. Claiming that he made Pacquiao hesitate to come in 2-3-4 times, Vargas said he’s proven that he belongs.“To do that against Manny Pacquiao, I think I see a bright future,” said Vargas, who wore dark shades in the post-fight conference to hide the marks on his face.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “I stayed on my toes trying to catch him,” said Vargas. “But he’s a very experienced fighter.”Though he tasted defeat for the second time in 29 fights and got knocked down also for the second time, Vargas believes he gained from the experience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Just being there (against Pacquiao), will make me better,” said the 27-year-old Vargas, who expected the eight-division world champion to be more aggressive in the ring.“We’re trying to time him coming in, but he was more cautious and very quick on his feet. He’s quick in and out.” PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments
Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says Its main attraction remained the players, though, as Alyssa Valdez captured her third Most Valuable Player award—the most by anyone—despite not winning a championship.Jaja Santiago also blossomed into a formidable force along with highly exciting players like EJ Laure and Grethcel Soltones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngAlready an established franchise from a different league, the Lady Warriors fought through the league’s tough teams and against its biggest stars like Valdez to carve their niche.With crowd drawers Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Myla Pablo and Desiree Dadang in the fold, Pocari Sweat drubbed Philippine Air Force in the Open Conference. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Later in the year, Pocari Sweat acquired imports Andrea Kacsits and Breanna Mackie to sweep the Valdez-led Bureau of Customs in the Reinforced Conference.The result were big gate receipts and smashing TV ratings for the league and its broadcasting partners.The league also staged the highly successful All Star Games featuring the league’s top draws, including University of Santo Tomas ace Cherry Rondina. The proceeds went to the victims of Typhoon “Lawin,” which ravaged the northern part of the country in October.The season was also marked by another first when Iriga Mayor Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen played for her city in the Open Conference. She and the Summer Spikers made a return to the league after a year of absence. ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Pocari Sweat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn its 13th season, Shakey’s V-League recorded a few firsts.A new team conquered the competition after Pocari Sweat dominated the season by taking the Open Conference and Reinforced Conference titles right on its maiden season.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
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 Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Health, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Public Health, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Tropical Forests A study published in the WHO Bulletin has likened the palm oil industry’s tactics to those of the tobacco and alcohol lobbies to obscure the direct and indirect health impacts of the commodity.The study found mixed messages in the scientific literature about the health impacts of palm oil, not least because several studies have been authored by an industry lobby group.The indirect health impacts were clearer, and included illnesses caused by smoke from the slash-and-burn clearing of forests for palm plantations.The researchers called for a multipronged approach to address these impacts, while acknowledging that replacing palm oil with other vegetable oils in the same volumes would require far more land. JAKARTA — It’s responsible for pushing a product found in half of the most common food and consumer items, but the $60 billion palm oil industry has largely evaded the kind of public health scrutiny focused on the tobacco and alcohol industries.Now, a new study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization finds that the palm oil industry is cribbing from the same playbook as the other two in playing down the health impacts of its ubiquitous commodity.“We need to mitigate the influence of the palm oil and related industries on public health policies and programmes,” lead author Sowmya Kadandale of UNICEF and her colleagues write in their study, “The palm oil industry and non-communicable diseases.”“The relationship between the palm oil and processed food industries, and the tactics they employ, resembles practices adopted by the tobacco and alcohol industries,” they write. “However, the palm oil industry receives comparatively little scrutiny.”An oil palm fruitlet. A new study finds that the palm oil industry is deploying similar tactics with the tobacco and alcohol industries to play down the health impacts of its ubiquitous commodity. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Industry-authored studiesPrevious research has linked consumption of palm oil — found in products ranging from Oreo cookies to Nutella chocolate spread — to increased mortality from heart disease caused by narrowed arteries, raised levels of “bad” cholesterol, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and other adverse effects.The new study also warns of a “cocktail effect,” in which palm oil on its own may not be detrimental to health, but could be damaging when combined with other ingredients used in highly processed foods. And the food industry’s marketing of these “ultra-processed” products to children is reminiscent of how the tobacco and alcohol industries target young people, the researchers say.But the injection into the scientific literature of studies authored by the industry itself has muddled the message on palm oil’s health impacts.“Four of the nine studies in our literature search showing overwhelmingly positive health associations were authored by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, again drawing parallels with the tobacco and alcohol industries and calling into question the credibility of claims in favour of increased palm oil consumption,” the researchers write.Even for informed consumers, however, avoiding products with palm oil can be difficult. The commodity and its derivatives can be listed under one of 200 names — a degree of tolerance not afforded to other vegetable oils such as peanut, sesame and soy oils, which some jurisdictions require to be explicitly labeled.“With its inclusion in many everyday products, unclear food labelling and sometimes conflicting information on health impacts, it can be difficult to know how to identify palm oil in foods,” the study says. “Consumers may be unaware of what they are eating or its safety.”Given the obfuscation around its health impacts and labeling, the researchers say, there needs to be more independent research into the former and stricter requirements around the latter.Fires engulf a palm oil plantation in Rokan Hilir district, Riau, Indonesia. Massive conversion of forests to palm oil plantations has been linked to the annual fires razing Indonesia. Image by Zamzami/Mongabay Indonesia.Environmental and labor abusesThere’s less confusion, though, about the indirect health impacts of the commodity, namely through the cultivation of oil palms.Indonesia and Malaysia together produce 85 percent of the world’s supply of palm oil, but that prolific output has come at the expense of vast swaths of rainforest, often cleared by burning to make way for industrial-scale palm plantations.“Since the 1990s, air pollution from slash-and-burn practices have affected the health of populations in South-East Asia, especially the most vulnerable groups of the population, such as infants and children,” the study says. “Haze episodes, even across country borders, have been linked to premature deaths and increased respiratory illness as well as cardiovascular diseases.”Infants and children are especially vulnerable to air pollution from such practices.There’s also the persistent issue of labor abuses in the palm oil industry, particularly in Indonesia, where the use of child labor remains a concern, the researchers write.The study says palm oil’s health impacts, both direct and indirect, need to be subjected to greater scrutiny, given an anticipated boom in demand for the commodity to replace trans fats that the WHO hopes to eliminate from the global food supply by 2023.A range of food products for sale at a supermarket – mainly cakes, bread, and other baked goods, many of them containg a surprising amount of Palm Oil. © WWF / Richard StonehouseIndustry responseSupporters of the palm oil industry in Indonesia and Malaysia have roundly criticized the study, saying it fails to present a balanced picture.In Indonesia, a group of researchers affiliated with the industry said the study didn’t attempt to weigh the benefits of palm oil against its shortcomings. They also said that none of the study’s authors — Kadandale, along with Robert Marten of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Richard Smith of the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health — were palm oil scientists. They added it wasn’t clear if any of the reviewers were palm oil scientists, thus raising questions about bias.The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), a marketing lobby, shared a similar view.“The authors conveniently ignored key palm oil publications in respected journals and cherry-picked a handful that fitted their hypothesis,” the council’s CEO, Kalyana Sundram, said as reported in the Malaysian daily The Star.The Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association (MEOA), which represents plantation owners, also called the study biased for scrutinizing palm oil in isolation without comparing it to more than a dozen other vegetable oils and animal fats.“Since WHO highlighted palm oil’s impact on planetary health (deforestation, loss of biodiversity and pollution), it should also publish an unbiased comparison of how all the 17 major oils and fats fare in these regards,” the MEOA said as reported in The Edge Financial Daily.“This will be of great assistance to nutritionists and environmentalists globally and also allow consumers to make an informed opinion. A study picking on palm oil alone does not do justice to WHO’s reputation and compromises its integrity,” it said.Global demand for products like palm oil is responsible for depleting tropical forest cover, with often grave health consequences for local communities. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.ImplicationsFor all the criticism that surrounds palm oil, there’s a growing recognition that promoting any of the other vegetable oil alternatives to replace it would be even worse for the environment, given the high per-hectare yields of palm compared to soy, rapeseed or other oil crops.The authors of the new study acknowledge as much, suggesting that producing oil from these other crops in the same volumes as palm oil today would require far more land. This echoes the findings of a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which last year warned that existing vegetable oils that could theoretically replace palm oil would be far more damaging to the environment because of the need for up to nine times as much land to produce the same amount of oil.“[W]e need to carefully consider practical policy options and their implications,” Kadandale and colleagues write. “Policymakers may therefore need to consider ways to reduce the demand for oils more specifically and for unhealthy ultra-processed foods more broadly.”The study calls for more independent and comprehensive research into palm oils health impacts and the “cocktail effect”; scaling back the industry’s influence on public health policies and programs; and tackling the environmental and labor abuses associated with oil palm plantations. Banner image: Palm oil fresh fruit bunches in Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.