How blockchain gaming could benefit wildlife conservation

first_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 overSponsored Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, but blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, including gaming and art.A new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, is auctioning off a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty called “Honu”. Proceeds will go to sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean.In an interview with Mongabay, Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson discussed how blockchain games could help conservation efforts. Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum soaring in value as they captured the public’s attention. But blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies, including gaming and art.On that latter front, a new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games. A CryptoKitty is effectively a digital collectible — a piece of electronic art that is unique, tradable, and can be “bred” to produce more CryptoKitties. While the concept may seem abstract to the uninitiated, there is currently a market for CryptoKitties — in May, one Kitty sold for $140,000 at auction. More than $20 million in CryptoKitties have been transacted to date.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, has just created “Honu“, a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty, in partnership with NGOs Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global. On Monday, Axiom Zen and the two groups put Honu up for auction, aiming to raise money for sea turtle conservation efforts in the Caribbean by supporting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda and Unite BVI. The bid stood at $25,000 as of 6 pm Pacific time on July 10th.If the pilot proves successful, the idea could be expanded says Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson, who spoke to Mongabay about how blockchain games could help conservation efforts.AN INTERVIEW WITH CASSIDY ROBERTSONMongabay: What is your background and how did you get involved with blockchain?Cassidy Robertson: My background is in entrepreneurship, pursuing hackademics instead of formal education allowed me to try a lot of different things really quickly. I joined Axiom Zen a couple years ago and quickly learned how to introduce mainstream consumers to emerging technology and haven’t looked back! Before tech, I was working in the nonprofit sector, advocating for the environment as well as bringing leadership training to teens. I was working on the communications team at the Sierra Club, at the time I was living in a city who’s job force depends heavily on oil and gas so I spent most of my time encouraging folks to spend more time outside and organized a lot of day trips and hikes to showcase what needs to be protected. Once people had a chance to connect with nature they were more receptive to the other initiatives we lead. These were more actional oriented, ie introduction to gardening or hydroponics, creating sustainable cosmetics, and lots of speaker series to help our members feel more empowered to protect our planet. Cassidy RobertsonMongabay: For those who aren’t familiar with CryptoKitties, what is the basic premise?Cassidy Robertson: CryptoKitties is a game built on the blockchain, players collect and breed digital cats. Certain breeding combinations can unlock rare or new cattributes creating new exciting cats. We built CryptoKitties as a way to make blockchain more approachable, we believe blockchain will play a big role in our future and we want to ensure it’s inclusive to as many people as possible. Mongabay: And how could something like CryptoKitties benefit conservation efforts?Cassidy Robertson: We’ve partnered with Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global to support fundraising efforts for various sea turtle conservation efforts. We’re working to bridge conservation and technologists together to create a larger impact. This is the first time we’ve done something like this and are excited to see how the pilot goes, check it out here! www.honukitty.com Proceeds from the Honu auction will support the work of Operation Jairo, lead by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda, the funds will also benefit Unite BVI, in the British Virgin Islands protecting endangered sea turtles during mating, from poachers and from illegal harvesting. The winning bidder of Honu with get to decide what happens to Honu (it could be breed, resold or simply remain a collector’s item) but the auction beneficiaries have already been chosen this time.Mongabay: Scarcity is the enemy of exploited endangered species — the rarer they become, the greater their value to collectors or poachers. Would there be a way to engineer this issue into SpeciesChain/CryptoSpecies such that the value increases as a species recovers? For example, if an endangered Javan rhino has a calf in real life, could the associated token also increase in value?Cassidy Robertson: This is such a cool idea, we’ve been thinking about how the cats can be a larger force for good and this concept of reverse scarcity has come up during brainstorming. It would require a new smart contract to implement, but it’s definitely possible! I’m heading up the kittyverse, and working to better support extensibility- some of our community has been thinking of ways to do this as well and I’m eager to see what build together. Mongabay: How else could blockchain support wildlife conservation? Cassidy Robertson: I’m eager to see how the blockchain can support more sustainable supply chains, we don’t need to store all information on a public ledger, but having a source of truth in regards to where problem materials are coming from could make it a lot easier for consumers to make better decisions. Having access to this data could also support stronger environmental protection policies. Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_img Environment, Herps, Interviews, Reptiles, Sea Turtles, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Wildtech last_img read more

Calisaan, Desiderio show way as Cafe France humbles Tanduay

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Congolese big man Rod Ebondo also had seven of his 15 points in the fourth and had 12 rebounds.Bong Quinto paced Tanduay in the loss with 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out late, while Mark Cruz, Raphy Reyes, and Paul Sanga all wound up with 11 markers.The Scores:CAFE FRANCE 83 – Calisaan 23, Desiderio 16, Ebondo 15, Casino 9, Gabriel 4, Jeruta 4, Arim 3, Faundo 3, Manlangit 3, Wamar 3, Aquino 0, Guinitaran 0, Veron 0.TANDUAY 67 – Quinto 12, Cruz 11, Reyes 11, Sanga 11, Eguilos 6, Moralde 6, Santos 4, Cenal 2, Ibay 2, Sollano 2, Palma 0.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Quarters: 21-28, 43-30, 65-53, 83-67.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Pressure on Gilas holdovers to step up as leaders for young team New recruits Michael Calisaan and Paul Desiderio immediately made an impact, towing Cafe France to an 83-67 victory over Tanduay in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ushering in the new era for the Bakers, the two teamed up to establish a lead as high as 26, 61-35, in the third period, and quashed the Rhum Masters’ fightback in the fourth quarter with a telling 16-6 finishing kick.Calisaan silently racked up 23 points and seven rebounds, while Desiderio fired seven of his 16 markers in the last eight minutes of the game, on top of his six boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“My recruits stepped up and that’s the positive for us. Hopefully, that continues and everybody starts jelling,” said coach Egay Macaraya. “If that happens, it will be a good season for us.”Banking on its full court press, Tanduay would cut the deficit to as low as six, 67-61, after a pair of freebies from Bong Quinto, but Desiderio took over and secured the victory for Cafe France. View commentslast_img read more

Caldwell-Pope scores 38 in Pistons’ win over Pelicans

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Detroit’s reserves got the Pistons back into the game, and Caldwell-Pope’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave them an 83-81 lead at quarter’s end.Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy stayed with his backups at the start of the fourth, only keeping one starter on the floor, and they built a 98-87 lead with 7:32 to play.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who coached Detroit from 1998-2000, lost to the Pistons for only the fifth time in 17 career games.ADVERTISEMENT Pacers hold on to beat Magic on the road Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ New Orleans blew a nine-point lead in the third quarter and lost its third straight and fourth in five games. Anthony Davis, who scored a career-high 59 points last February at Detroit, had 31 points and 12 rebounds, while Jrue Holliday added 22 points and 11 assists.The first quarter started the scoring duel between Davis and Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope had 17 points to Davis’ 16 as the Pistons built a 34-30 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDavis kept going in the second quarter, but his 23 points in the half weren’t enough to keep the Pistons from taking a 60-54 lead. Detroit shot 57.8 percent, while the Pelicans were at 57.9 percent, but made five 3-pointers to one for New Orleans.The Pelicans regained the lead midway through the third period, using a 12-0 run to go up 74-66. Solomon Hill provided the final six points with back-to-back 3-pointers. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AUBURN HILLS, Michigan—Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 38 points, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 118-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.Tobias Harris added 19 points and Andre Drummond 17 for the Pistons, who ended an eight-game losing streak to New Orleans. Detroit had lost three in a row overall.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Vin-sanity’ as Carter inspires Grizzlies win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “He never ceases to amaze me,” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. “I challenge the veterans to give more, to invest more and the guy just keeps coming. I don’t know how you can ever write him off. He is such a pro.”Carter’s tally made him the oldest player to score at least 24 points in a game since Michael Jordan hit 25 points as a 40-year-old in 2003. Team-mate Marc Gasol said Carter had been an invaluable presence in the Grizzlies locker room throughout the season despite limited game time.“I don’t think I’ll be playing when I’m 40,” Gasol said. “I’ll be done. Maybe I’ll be (playing) at the YMCA or something, but not in the NBA.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter, left, drives against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Vince Carter rolled back the years to score 24 points as the Memphis Grizzlies outgunned the Milwaukee Bucks 113-93 on Monday.Carter, 40, making his first start of the season, scored 24 points as Memphis ended a five-game losing streak against the Bucks at FedExForum.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, Santiago lead PH volleyball nat’l team pool ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Carter — who came in for injured forward Chandler Parsons — produced a flawless shooting display which included six three-pointers.The 18-year veteran also added five rebounds, three steals and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Better late than never,” Carter said of his performance. “I just tried to go in and do my job. I didn’t realize (the perfect shooting performance) until Chandler said something to me. I’d rather have not heard it.”Carter’s points haul made him the first 40-year-old in NBA history to make at least five three-pointers in a game. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

Puerto Rico beat Netherlands to reach WBC final

first_imgTaal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The victory improved Puerto Rico’s perfect record to 7-0 as they seek redemption after finishing runner-up to the Dominican Republic in 2013.Third baseman Correa finished with two hits, two runs and two RBIs on four at-bats Monday. He clobbered a 441 foot home run to left field in the first inning off Netherlands starter Rick Van Den Hurk that tied the game 2-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Harden hits layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift Rocketscenter_img ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot What started out as a first inning slugfest turned into a battle of the bullpens in the first game of the championship round of the 16-team elite international baseball tournament.Undefeated Puerto Rico will face the winner of the other semi-final between the United States and Japan in the final on Wednesday, also at Dodger Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAfter a burst of four runs on both sides to start the four-hour contest, the relief pitchers took over in the middle innings setting the stage for Puerto Rico to win it in the extra session.Puerto Rico has been dominating the tournament with a ferocious offence, timely hitting and dependable pitching. On Monday they helped their cause with some clutch defensive plays and aggressive base running. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Puerto Rico’s Carlos Correa celebrates after scoring in winning run on a hit by Eddie Rosario in the 11th inning of a semifinal against the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Eddie Rosario clubbed a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Puerto Rico punched their ticket to the WBC final for the second straight year with a marathon 4-3 win over the Netherlands on Monday.Rosario’s blast brought infielder Carlos Correa home after he had advanced to third on an earlier sacrifice fly by catcher Yadier Molina in the semi-final at Dodger Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardslast_img read more

Dy replaces Daquis; Branislav joining team?

first_img“The Japan training is very important because we need to focus on floor defense and blocking,” said Suzara.He added that the Southeast Asian Games will most likely be a “political thing,” and the Philippines could be bundled with tough teams Thailand and Vietnam in the group stage.Host Malaysia, according to Suzara, is likely to be grouped with the likes of Brunei and Myanmar to ensure it would make the next stage.Suzara said focus should be on the Asian Championships to be held in Biñan, Laguna. Grouped with Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, the Philippines can easily make the top 8 of the tournament and assure itself of a stint in the Asian Cup next year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) has announced the retirement of top player Rachel Anne Daquis from national team duties after the star withdrew from squad that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia due to personal reasons.La Salle opposite spiker Kim Kiana Dy will replace her in the Philippine squad, which will compete in the SEA Games and Asian Seniors this August.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer A dream fulfilled for Christian Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Dela Rosa eyes repeat vs Rodriguez Dy will join the team in a two-week Japan training in July, according to LVPI acting president Pete Cayco and Philippine Superliga president Ramon “Tats” Suzara.Sources said the LVPI is also keen on appointing Foton coach Moro Branislav as national training director to oversee the preparation of both the men’s and women’s teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundHowever, LVPI has yet to get the nod of Foton management.Suzara gave a pep talk to the members of the national squad, led by team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Aby Maraño and Jaja Santiago. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Duckie hopes to continue Humble Lion journey

first_imgAfter missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) championships title in the final year of his three-year deal with Humble Lion, head coach Donovan Duckie says he is still eager to lift that title and is hoping to continue his work at the Clarendon-based club.Duckie’s team won the league title for the first time in its history after ending with 61 points from 33 games, but were removed from the running for the championships crown, after losing out to Arnett Gardens in the semi-finals.It’s a reality that doesn’t sit well with the tactician, who also called for a review of the current RSPL structure, which sees the league toppers on points receiving the league title and the winners of a top-six playoff being crowned the primary champions of the competition.Speaking on his future with the club, Duckie said: “It’s up to the chairman (Mike Henry), we had a three-year deal and I have now completed my three-year contract with the club so it’s for the board to meet and make an assessment of my performance over the three seasons and they would have to decide if they want to renew my contract or we part ways.”I would definitely be happy to stay at Effortville … I think we just have to be more patient, the club is still learning how to win and if you look at other clubs – Arnett Gardens are about 30 years old in the Premier League and have four titles,” said Duckie. “Humble Lion have done well in the three years that I have been there, the community has been good to me, the players – we have a good bond and I would be very happy to stay there.”In his three years at the club, Duckie has led them to three RSPL semi-finals and of course the league title this season – this after taking control of the team, while it was in the relegation zone.best defensive recordHumble Lion, as far as the league is concerned, ended with the best defensive record having conceded a mere 21 goals and were the second best offensive unit with 44 goals scored. They also had the joint least number of losses (6) and wins (17) in the 12 – team tournament.Still, the coach is hoping to add the big prize to his trophy cabinet in the near future.”Personally for me it’s (RSPL championship) a title that has been eluding me and definitely, it’s a title that I should have on my CV … it’s important for me to win but I am still a young man,” said Duckie.”I still have a lot of life left in coaching, I know I have to be patient, I will have more opportunities to win this title so it’s definitely one that I have a personal interest in winning,” he added.Nevertheless, the coach believes that organisers should reconsider the current format of the league and offer more reward to the team that tops that table on points at the end of the season.”A league has to be about the most consistent team over eight or nine months and we were the most consistent team. We are the winners of the league so we should be given the league title and even CFU berth or even a bye to the final of the knockout competition,” said Duckie. “We should have been crowned overall champions of the league.”last_img read more

Gold, silver for Jamaica in World U20 Men’s 110m hurdles

first_imgDamion Thomas and Orlando Bennett captured gold and silver in the Men’s 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland earlier today.  Thomas the joint world record holder in the event was off to a good start as he led all the way for the win, in 13.16 seconds, to make up for the disappointment two years ago when he hit the first hurdle in the semi-final and failed to finish. Bennett, who hit the eight hurdle, did well to maintain his composure to finish second and capture silver after clocking 13.33 seconds. He held off the fast finishing, Shunsuke Izumya of Japan, who clocked third in a personal best of 13.38 seconds.last_img

Storm clinch first WNBA playoff berth

first_imgSEATTLE (AP): Breanna Stewart scored 20 points, Sue Bird had 14 points and 11 assists, and the Seattle Storm clinched the first WNBA playoff berth this season with an 85-75 victory over the defending champion, Minnesota Lynx, on Friday night. Stewart drove the lane and finished in traffic to give Seattle a 79-69 lead, and she had a left-handed layup on the next possession for a 12-point advantage. Natasha Howard had 15 points, six rebounds and five steals for Seattle (21-7), which recorded its first 20-win season since 2011. The Storm were 7 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 12 of 24 from behind the arc. Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota (15-12) with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Maya Moore was limited to seven points on 2-of-9 shooting. Minnesota opened the second half on a 10-2 run for a 48-39 lead. But Stewart scored six straight points as Seattle outscored the Lynx 22-9 the rest of the quarter for a 61-57 lead. Seattle had its third sell-out in a row with a crowd of 12,064. DREAM 89 SKY 74 ATLANTA (AP): Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points, Tiffany Hayes added 19, and the Dream beat the Sky. Atlanta closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run, for a 64-59 lead, and held Chicago to 4-of-17 shooting in the frame. Hayes and Alex Bentley each made a 3-pointer on Atlanta’s first two possessions of the fourth quarter for a 70-59 lead, and the Dream led by at least seven points the rest of the way. Jessica Breland had 13 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta (17-10). The second-place Dream are three games back of Seattle (20-7) in the playoff standings and one game ahead of Los Angeles (16-11). Courtney Vandersloot led Chicago (10-18) with 24 points, seven assists, and four steals. Allie Quigley was held to eight points. Vandersloot sank a running 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, capping Chicago’s 9-0 run for a 43-42 lead. She had 16 points in the first half, including 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range.last_img read more

Tanya Lee | Thumbs up for 2018 ISSA football season

first_imgThe ISSA schoolboy football season for 2018 was launched on Wednesday, and already, there is a major buzz around the new sponsors and format. Kudos to telecoms giant Digicel, which has injected $75 million to secure title sponsorship of the Manning Cup and Walker Cup competitions over multiple seasons. Wisynco’s sponsorship also affords them title sponsorship of both the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup competitions through their Wata brand, while KFC, Main Event and long-standing broadcasters SportsMax also join the sponsorship table. Congratulations to ISSA for securing these lucrative sponsorship deals, which will no doubt also provide support for other competitions on ISSA’s calendar. The huge injection of sponsorship also serves to make the upcoming season the biggest in schoolboy football history. Now there are some format changes that ISSA has made to the knockout competitions that were announced at the launch. The top eight teams from the Manning Cup and the daCosta Cup will now contest the all-island knockout, now titled the ISSA Champions Cup. The remaining quarter-finalists who do not advance in the Manning and daCosta Cup will now contest the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup, respectively. ISSA has made this experimental change in format with a view of limiting the instances of overwork that was present in former seasons, especially for the top teams that advanced in each competition. It is my belief that the overwork during the season was indeed worthy of analysis. I’ve noted in the past that some high-school football teams have played more matches in two weeks than most professional outfits play in a month. Some teams, particularly the rural ones that often have to travel long distances to fulfil their fixtures, have been known to make up to three trips for three matches in a week. The frequent travels and back-to-back matches may negatively impact the team’s preparation and account for match fatigue. Nobody wins in that scenario. FULLER’S POSITIVE IMPACT As it relates to the Walker and Ben Francis Cups, however, these are now a consolation prize that a non-advancing team may secure, tantamount, I suppose, to a Europa Cup win. Some schools that didn’t advance to the Champions Cup will now have a chance at another trophy. The wealth has been shared, so to speak. With that said, ISSA has indicated that this is an experimental change that they are open to tweaking if the outcome is not desirable. Quite an objective approach! Having sat at the sponsorship table in my role as head of marketing for SportsMax, I must say that I have been quite pleased with the creative ways in which each stakeholder/sponsor has pledged to contribute to the further development of Jamaica’s youth over this season. Digicel and SportsMax have retained a football ambassador in the form of former Reggae Boy Ricardo Fuller. Fuller will be on the island to engage in a series of mentorship sessions at a few institutions at the start of the season. CONSOLATION PRIZE With Fuller’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in coming through the ranks of the ISSA schoolboy competition from Camperdown to Tivoli Gardens FC to the Reggae Boyz to Stoke City in the English Premier League, he has made a positive impact and will no doubt be able to impart some of what he has learnt to our student-athletes. KFC’s Andrei Roper also announced that for each goal scored in the first round of the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions, Restaurants of Jamaica will donate $500 to the school-feeding programme of the scoring school at the basic and primary levels. With an analysis of last season, Roper explained that there were some 2,000 goals scored, and thus, they’re looking at a possible contribution of over $1,000,000. Even the primary and basic schools are benefitting from the exploits of our schoolboy footballers! Great job, KFC! And so, our season kicks off on September 8, and we look forward to seeing who will be crowned champions this time around. There are some six trophies up for grabs. May the best schools win! One love.last_img read more