LATEST STORIES Robert Bolick paced San Beda with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Donald Tankoua got 14 markers and nine boards.AC Soberano also shot 2-of-5 from three to wound up with nine points, while Javee Mocon got eight markers and 14 rebounds in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’re happy we got this win, but we got to go back and think about our priorities,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, obviously disappointed with how the Red Lions played against the Altas.“We only had 11 assists and that’s too low for a San Beda basketball team. Our defense stepped up, but our offense is questionable. We have to go back and review everything. We had a really hard time playing against Perpetual, they’re well-coached. We’re happy we got this one.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda escaped the tough challenge from Perpetual and scored a 55-50 victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Lions survived the gallant stand from the pesky Altas as they were forced to play in the low-scoring affair before pulling out their 13th straight win and improve to 14-1.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Derek Jeter’s group closes on purchase of Miami Marlins Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody The Scores:SAN BEDA 55 – Bolick 15, Tankoua 14, Soberano 9, Mocon 8, Cabanag 6, Noah 3, Abuda 0, Adamos 0, Bahio 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 50 – Coronel 9, Dagangon 9, Pido 9, Eze 8, Ylagan 7, Sadiwa 3, Lucente 2, Yuhico 2, Mangalino 1, Singontiko 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 11-11, 27-19, 43-34, 55-50. MOST READ With Perpetual making a huge run late after back-to-back layups from Keith Pido to cut the San Beda lead down to five, 49-44, San Beda went to Tankoua in the last four minutes as he made two timely buckets to quash the uprising.Bolick then put the finishing touches as he canned his freebies in the final minute while also blocking Flash Sadiwa’s late attempt.The Altas fourth straight loss eliminated them out of the playoff race with their 4-10 record.Pido, AJ Coronel, and Gab Dagangon all had nine points and four rebounds in the losing effort.The San Beda defense held Perpetual main man Prince Eze to just eight markers and 11 boards in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees View comments
It’s gone so far that … The Niners are 2-0. Ben Roethlisberger, the long-tenured quarterback of San Francisco’s next opponent, the Steelers, is out for the season.Yes, Sunday’s home opener at Levi’s Stadium is setting up to be part of a dream start to the Niners’ 2019 season.And that provides an incredible opportunity for the franchise to do something that’s long overdue.We all know that Levi’s Stadium is a contentious issue with Niners fans. They’re more than happy to tell us.
Adam Voges’ unbeaten 80 from 72 balls – his highest one-day international innings and his 95-run partnership with David Hussey set up Australia’s 57-run win over England to take the series 6-1 on Sunday.Australian team celebrates after winning the ODI series against England at the WACA in Perth on Sunday. APIn reply, England collapsed to be 64-5 and was all out for 222 in the 44th over. Michael Yardy finished 60 not out for England, also his highest one-day score.Mitchell Johnson took 3-18 for Australia, while Shaun Tait bowled nine wides but still managed 3-48 and Jason Krejza picked up two wickets in his one-day debut.Australia took the opportunity to rest skipper Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Steve Smith.Voges, Tim Paine, Krejza and Doug Bollinger all came into the side, which was captained by Cameron White for the first time.After the early loss of Paine and Callum Ferguson, White joined Brad Haddin and the pair took 11 overs to put on a 37-run stand, with both men intent on spending long periods in the middle after just one half-century between them during the series.Haddin never really got going before he holed out off Yardy’s first over to Steve Finn, who cleverly released the ball as he stepped over the boundary before re-catching it inside the rope at long on.White struggled on for another five overs, before he mistimed a drive and Yardy completed a sharp catch off his own bowling, White’s 27 coming from 47 balls.Voges engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).advertisementJames Anderson was the best of the England bowlers, with 3-48 off his 10 overs, while Liam Plunkett claimed 2-49 and Yardy 2-59.England’s bowlers conceded 30 extras, including 19 wides, but Australia did little better, having nine wides within the first six overs and also 19 in total.England was in trouble immediately in its reply after Tait got a ball to clip the top of Andrew Strauss’ off stump with the second ball of the innings, and the visitors were never really in the hunt for victory.After a slow start, Hussey compiled a run-a-ball total and found an ally in Voges.It was Voges’ second one-day 50 and his partnership with Hussey got the Australian innings back on track before he engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).Paine was the first wicket to fall, given out lbw to Plunkett on referral after umpire Paul Reiffel had originally turned down the appeal.Replays showed that the ball was hitting the stumps despite Paine having advanced a fair way down the pitch, and the decision was overturned.White said it was good to head into the World Cup, where Australia is the three-time defending champions, on a winning note.”I think there is a bit of improvement left, I still think we are really yet to combine a good bat and ball game,” he said. “It’s been very good but I still think there is another that we can take it to, and need to for a tournament like the World Cup.”Strauss said England should have batted better but denied that his side’s minds was already on the flight home after a winning Ashes series and the long one-day series.”I think our minds are on the plane home now, definitely, but I don’t think that was the case out there today,” the England captain said. “We didn’t play particularly well. There were lots of wides, in between some good stuff as well, but I think we should have made a better fist of chasing that down. I don’t think that was an unattainable target on that wicket.”To lose five wickets in the first 15 overs is criminal really when you are chasing down a big score, and from that moment on it was going to be hard.”
Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes.,Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes. The airstrip is bang in the middle of the habitat of the cranes and is ruining the already depleting wetlands and water bodies of the state.The chief minister, wanting to create his ‘ideal village’, has sanctioned over Rs 500 crore for the Saifai development project which, along with the airport, includes colleges, guest houses, hospitals and a sports stadium. Once constructed, the airfield will be able to land even large aircraft like the Boeing. But the question is, why would anyone want to land Boeings in an ecologically-fragile zone? And even though wildlife conservationists and activists are up in arms, an adamant Mulayam refuses to budge.RUN WAY OF TROUBLEThe airstrip being planned falls smack in the middle of one of the prime habitats of the saras crane in Uttar Pradesh.Already 114 hectares of the 134 hectares of the habitat have been acquired and construction has begun scaring the birds away.While the state harbours the largest population of saras in the world, severe habitat depletion has seen numbers drop drastically.There are about 10,000 cranes in the world, out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. Uttar Pradesh-with an area of 24,092,800 sq km accounting for 7.3 per cent of the country’s total land area has very little forest cover left.advertisementForests have been cut to make way for residential and industrial construction to cater to the rapid multiplication of the population. Whatever forests are left are found in the north and south of the state while the Gangetic plains have practically become bald.Official figures reveal that 35,000 hectare of agricultural SARAS CRANES environment land is being converted for non-agricultural use every year, mostly to accommodate expanding housing requirements of the the fast-multiplying population. Adding fuel to fire is the state Government’s whimsical decision to develop industrial zones and estates on rural land.The airstrip on the outskirts of Saifai village will turn hundreds of hectares of agricultural land into concrete. Subsequent air traffic will turn away the saras and 500 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. The state Government has acquired 132 hectares of land in Saifai, out of which 114 hectares is pure agricultural land.The estimated cost of the airstrip, likely to be completed soon, would not be less than Rs 50 crore, apart from the compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired. “It’s an issue of civilisation versus conservation. If development is to take place, ecology will get affected.B.C. Chowdhary”The airport issue has drawn attention towards the endangered saras.”B.C. CHOWDHARY, WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA, DEHRADUN One should try to maintain a balance between development and conservation,” says V.N. Garg, principal secretary, Forest Department. He says that the construction of the airstrip would cause the saras to migrate from just one pocket of Etawah, which is one of the 31 districts of the cranes’ habitat.B.C. Chowdhary, a senior scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, says, “The airport issue is a blessing in disguise for us and has drawn attention of the state Government towards the endangered saras.”When the Government’s plans of constructing the airport met with resistance from conservationists, Mulayam sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the cranes’ preservation to appease the protesters and to seemingly compensate for damage caused to the bird’s habitat. A strange case of giving with one hand and taking with the other, but with a hidden agenda.Chowdhary says that though the number of cranes had been depleting in Uttar Pradesh for a long time, no one was bothered about this for the past 25 years. He is also concerned about the money being misused. There are plastic boards at many places to educate people about the conservation programme.Water bodies in the state face the danger of drying upChowdhary says that these will not be able to bear the vagaries of weather, and metal boards should have been used instead. If the money is squandered away like this, the saras will soon be extinct. He says there were 111 crane-friendly wetlands in Uttar Pradesh about 40 years back, but in 1994-95, they had dropped to 29. Now, there are even fewer wetlands left.”The depletion of forest cover, shrinking of the wetlands and division of agricultural lands has severely affected avian life and their species in the state, but unfortunately nobody has taken up the matter in the right prospective,” laments Dr Asad Rehmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society.advertisementAt present, there are 2,518 small and medium water bodies-mainly ponds and lakes-in the state. Rehmani warns that the way marshlands are drying up, the avifauna may be affected severely, even in the Terai belt which had been so rich in biodiversity.CRYING FOULSARAS CRANE: There are 10,000 saras cranes in the world out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. It is a very large bird, averaging 156 cm in length. It is grey in colour with a bare red head and white crown and a long dark pointed beak. In flight, the long neck is kept straight, unlike herons.LAND CONVERSION: Agricultural land, where saras mostly conceals its eggs and breeds, is being converted into residential and industrial land. According to official estimates, more than 35,000 hectares of agricultural land is being converted for non-agricultural purposes.DWINDLING WETLANDS: Wetlands which are bird-friendly, are fast drying up. From 111 at least 40 years back, they came down to 29 in 1994-95 and the number has further dwindled now. Saras lives mostly in wetlands and around water bodies and agricultural farms. Tallest flying bird, it breeds on the smaller islands in the water bodies and conceals its eggs in bushes around agricultural fields.Farmers consider them auspicious, and they are worshipped by newly-married couples. The birds live in pairs and never split till their death; nor do they change their partners.Poaching and electrocution by rural electrification, along with pressure from fishing, overgrazing, cultivation, drainage and pollution, are major causes for the dwindling numbers of the saras.”The locals revere the saras but migratory labourers kill the birds for their meat and also eat their eggs,” says Rehmani. The same trend is visible in the Etah-Etawah-Mainpuri belt too, leading to a sharp decline in the saras population.On the basis of vegetation and forest, Uttar Pradesh has three ecozones- Terai, Vindhayan ranges and the Gangetic plains. Unfortunately, all the three zones are being systematically destroyed.And if the present speed of disturbing the eco zones continues in the name of population growth, industrialisation and land divisions, the day is not far when Uttar Pradesh might lose its unique status in the abundance of natural life.With the state polls in its sights, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government seems to have turned a blind eye to the plight of the saras and their impending extinction.But vote banks and winning elections are a far cry from saving the ecology and the environment, and it may be too late for these birds if the state Government doesn’t fly to their rescue soon.