first_imgManns said she’d like to see a BaliPure-Pocari Sweat final “for the fans, for the league and for everybody.”In the semifinals, Manns would’ve wanted payback against UST.“I want revenge kind of, on them. You know they beat us, that’s our first match, we didn’t play our best at all,” said Manns.Katherine Morrell scored 20 points and Dzi Gervacio 13 for BaliPure .Coast Guard dropped all its seven matches in the conference. Last night, it didn’t get enough help from leader Samantha Dawson who sat out the whole third set.ADVERTISEMENT View comments POC decides on Peping foe today We are young EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas The other Final Four duel will pit BaliPure against Bureau of Customs.In the first game, BaliPure crushed Coast Guard, 25-12, 25-8, 25-9.Tam captain and import Kaylee Manns would have wanted a semifinal clash with UST.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentManns, the very articulate setter who had 42 excellent tosses last night, said they want revenge over the Tigresses who dealt them a stunning defeat in the Water Defenders’ first match.“Yes kinda (feel pressure facing winless Coast Guard), you know how it goes. You know you come in and take it for granted. You don’t play your best and that team sneaks up on you and win,” said Manns. “Glad it didn’t happen.” MOST READ BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat booked the No. 1 spot in the semifinals after handing University of Santo Tomas a 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 beating last night in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at Philsports Arena in Pasig.The Lady Warriors (6-1) will face the No. 4 Tigresses (5-2) anew in Saturday’s semifinals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young But Dillinger is willing to put in the work as he tries to help Meralco make waves anew this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.“It’s going to be a process,” he said. “I haven’t played in two months. I just started practicing maybe three days ago, but coach put me there a little bit just to run up and down. My legs aren’t there yet and I’m still feeling weak, but it’s an improvement from before.”It’s not just Dillinger, though, who needs some acclimatizing, as the Bolts also eye to blend in rookies Jonathan Grey and Ed Daquioag, new acquisition Joseph Yeo, and injured big men like Justin Chua and Rabeh Al-Hussaini to their system.“Bigger picture-wise, we got basically six guys that really haven’t played in our rotation, so of course, it’s going to take time to adjust,” he said. “We have a week before our next game so we got to figure it out.”ADVERTISEMENT “I need to focus on getting better. I need to focus on myself first before I can really put myself as a leader,” he said as the Bolts look for someone to take the role of captain left by the now-retired Jimmy Alapag.“I got to get better, I got to perform and lead by example before I can be a leader and start making speeches. You got to earn respect first before anything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliDillinger was far from his desired shape on Sunday, posting two points and three rebounds in eight minutes on the floor in the Bolts’ 86-84 loss to Blackwater.It was his first game since returning from the hamstring injury he incurred in the semifinals of the 2016 Governors’ Cup, and the 32-year-old admits he is still struggling to find his groove coming from a long layoff. Usain Bolt stars in own documentary ‘I Am Bolt’ MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View comments PBA IMAGESJared Dillinger acknowledges that he still has a long way to go before he takes the leadership baton for Meralco.But to do that, he has to get to his peak form first.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine And so far, semblance of the old Yap is showing as he slowly finds his role among the Elasto Painters’ deepartillery.With Star next on Rain or Shine’s schedule, the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player made it clear that if there’s one game he badly wants to win, it’s definitely this one.“It’s still basketball. I don’t want to pressure myself so all I have to do is play my game,” he said. “We’ll see. If I have a bad game, it is what it is. But I want to win this game and we still have to play it.”He ended: “We’re always ready here in Rain or Shine. All the players and coaches know that this game is a big deal for me, and I’m sure they’ll be there to support me.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View commentscenter_img 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 EDITORS’ PICK Stalzer: We can count on each other when we’re down Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 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 Coming off his best game in a Rain or Shine jersey, James Yap believes that he’s now ready to face his old team Star.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m going to prepare hard for that game. I came from there, spent 12 years and won seven championships there. People have been anticipating for that game,” he said, as he looks forward to the duel next Sunday.Yap fired a season-best 15 points and five rebounds in the Elasto Painters’ 107-93 win over Blackwater on Friday, and he’s convinced that slowly, he’s getting his bearings back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I’m already 80 to 90-percent when it comes to my conditioning. I’m close. At least, I’m getting my rhythm back, but it’s still not solid,” he said.“All I want is to be ready. I’m the new guy in this team, so I want my adjustment to not affect the team as a whole. We all know Rain or Shine is a strong team and has good players, so we have to be on the same level as they are.”last_img read more

first_imgAnimals, Environment, Evolution, Extinction, Featured, Islands, Mammals, Mountains, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Rodents, Wildlife Researchers have identified the smallest-known island where multiple species of mammals evolved from a single founding species. The Philippine island of Mindoro is the size of Yellowstone National Park and host to four species of earthworm mice.Genetic analysis indicates all members from these four species descended from just a few individuals that rafted to Mindoro from a neighboring island millions of years ago.Three of the species are endemic to Mindoro, and the researchers believe they evolved on different mountains. The study’s findings highlight the pivotal role mountains can play in speciation, and provide evidence that evolution can occur even in small areas.The researchers say this underlines the importance of protected areas not just for species preservation, but for species emergence as well. The apparent success of such a small founding population may also give hope for species currently hovering on the precipice of extinction. Evolution takes time and space. Enough time needs to pass for genetic differences to crop up in a population of animals and make them distinct from their forebears. And enough space is needed to stop interbreeding between populations from ironing out these differences.But just how much space is needed for species to diversify? Scientists have been puzzling over this question for decades, and it’s one that has taken on increasing importance as human-driven habitat loss constricts the ranges of the world’s wildlife.In their quest to solve this mystery, a team of researchers from institutions in the U.S. have been scouting the globe for the smallest island that supports multiple lineages of mammals evolved from a common ancestor. And in a new study published recently in the Journal of Biogeography, they describe such a place – an island in the Philippines with a unique array of worm-eating mice.From one species to fourAt around 10,000 square kilometers (4,000 square miles) Mindoro is about the size of Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. and represents a big step down from the previous record-holder, Luzon. Also in the Philippines, Luzon is the country’s largest island and about 10 times the size of Mindoro, which lies just across the Verde Island Passage strait.Montane rainforest on Mindoro. Photo by L.R. Heaney / The Field MuseumWhen the researchers surveyed the mammals of Mindoro’s forests, they discovered four distinct species of earthworm mice. Nested within the genus Apomys, earthworm mice are found only in the Philippines and get their name from their favorite food.“The mice we looked at in this study are all members of the ‘earthworm mouse’ group Apomys—they love earthworms, but they also eat seeds and fruits,” said Lawrence Heaney, Negaunee Curator of Mammals at Chicago’s Field Museum and co-lead author of the study. “They’ve got big dark eyes, great big ears, long soft fur, white feet, dark tails —they’re very pretty little mice.”One of these four species is also found on Luzon, but the other three proved to be new to science when the team analyzed their DNA. These three species appear to only live on Mindoro and the study’s findings indicate they evolved from a small group of mice that travelled over from Luzon sometime between 1.5 and 2.4 million years ago.Part of the research team that surveyed Mindoro. Photo by D.S. Balete / The Field MuseumBut how do tiny mice become seafaring colonists? Easy, says Heaney. They could’ve hitched a ride on some flotsam during a typhoon.“Given the strong winds and relatively short distances between islands, it is inevitable that on rare occasions, a tree or log with some mice living in it will be floated out to sea and blown across from Luzon to Mindoro,” Heaney told Mongabay. “It could take as little as one day, but certainly not more than a few days – it is not very far.”Still, while it’s a quick trip from Luzon to Mindoro, the study found all four species on the island likely descended from one small group, indicating Mindoro was probably colonized by earthworm mice just the one time. Heaney said this lucky founding group was greeted by “unlimited resources,” allowing them to quickly proliferate “from a few to dozens, to hundreds to thousands to the current hundreds of thousands.”These descendants ranged far and wide over Mindoro with some getting up into the island’s mountains. It’s in these mountains where the researchers found the new species, suggesting that mice there became isolated from lowland populations, which ultimately allowed them to evolve into distinct forms.The researchers think that the fact this diversification happened on mountains may mean geographic features may play a bigger role in evolution than area alone. And not just in the Philippines. Take, for example, the Eastern Arc Mountains that run down eastern Africa. Capped with isolated forests, each mountaintop is home to unique species found nowhere else in the world.“This study changes how I think about conservation,” Heaney said. “When we think about how to design protected areas, we need to think about the topography of the Earth, not just a flat map. The fact that these mice evolved on their own separate mountains within a limited geographic area tells us that mountains are important.”One of the species of earthworm mice new to science, this one found on Mt. Abra. Photo by D.S. Balete / The Field MuseumThe presence of mountains is so influential for evolution that Heaney said it could perhaps even be used as a proxy for speciation.“So, once we figure out how big an island needs to be to have two large, fairly old mountains, we may know the minimum size of island [for mammal diversification],” Heaney said.The researchers are now focusing their search for still-smaller islands on places where there are at least two mountains; they’re currently eyeing a number of possibilities in Indonesia.Conservation implicationsAccording to Heaney and his team, the diversification of mice on an island the size of a national park underlines the importance of protected areas not just for species preservation, but for species emergence as well.“As human population continues to expand, what’s going to happen to everything else? How will new species be able to evolve?” Heaney said. “This project is a step forward in being able to answer that.”The study may also have implications for the conservation of critically endangered species with small remaining populations. When an animal’s population size becomes very reduced, scientists worry about a phenomenon called “inbreeding depression,” which happens when close relatives breed so many times that harmful genes normally rare in a healthy population become common. These genes can express themselves in ways that can harm an animal or make it unable to reproduce, and ultimately may reduce the fitness of a population and even bring about its extinction.Conservation geneticists have long argued over how many individuals are needed to maintain enough genetic variability in a population to keep it from collapsing due to inbreeding depression. In the 1980s, researchers set that number at 50. However, conservation successes with populations that initially numbered fewer than 50 have given scientists hope that species with just a handful of individuals remaining might be able to come back from the precipice of extinction.Scientists think there may be just 30 wild Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) remaining in the world today.The study’s results indicate just a few earthworm mice made it to Mindoro and went on to beget four healthy species comprising hundreds of thousands of individuals. So how did they escape inbreeding depression? Heaney thinks it may have something to do with how quickly they proliferated. With lots of food and little competition, the initial population likely didn’t suffer many diebacks, which helped safeguard what little genetic variation it had. Still, he said, their survival may have been touch-and-go for a while until new mutations arose and strengthened their diversity.​Heaney said a similar option might be possible for other species – if certain conditions are met.“The lesson that I take from this is that when a sudden, rapid, massive decline in a population occurs (in this case, due to a colonization event), IF the population is then able to grow to larger numbers very rapidly, and to have enough resources to maintain a large population over enough time to accumulate new genetic variation, they may do perfectly well,” Heaney said. “Those are pretty stringent requirements, but it is essentially the scenario that is the hope of many of the captive breeding programs for endangered species that are currently in operation.“It is a long shot, but it is sometimes the best one we have.” Banner image of an earthworm mouse on Mindoro’s Mt. Halcon. Photo by L.R. Heaney / The Field MuseumFEEDBACK: 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. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis 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