No Davis, no problem as Pelicans rip Hawks

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jamal Murray came off the bench to score 24 points, leading six double-figure scorers for Denver in the Nuggets’ 110-107 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.Denver’s Will Barton sank two free throws with nine seconds remaining and teammate Danilo Gallinari added another to create the final margin.Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who also had 16 points and nine points off the bench from Wilson Chandler. Jimmy Butler had 25 points in a losing cause.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “He came back out and said that he could go,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We put him back in to see if he was ready for (Wednesday’s game against Minnesota) and then took him back out.”Terrence Jones scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and the Pelicans led 34-14 after the first quarter.“We started off the game the right way,” Gentry said. “We were really good defensively in the first quarter and because of that we ended up with some easy shots. It was a really good win for us against a quality team.”New York’s Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points to power the Knicks over Portland 107-103 for their fifth victory in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Trail Blazers had won their prior six visits.Derrick Rose scored six of his 18 points in the final 3:40 and Brandon Jennings came off the bench to pass out 11 assists for the Knicks. Portland had 22 points from Damian Lillard and 16 from C.J. McCollum.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ “We came out hungry. We jumped on them from the start and continued to fight the whole game,” Frazier said. “When (Davis) went down everyone stepped up, but we already had the lead and just kept rolling.”Davis, averaging 31.7 points and 11.3 rebounds entering the game, was hurt diving into the stands trying to retrieve a loose ball late in the first quarter, crashing into a seat in the fourth row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I banged (my knee) on a chair,” Davis said. “They worked on my knee and it was good enough to go back in. I’m OK.”Davis returned to start the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points.center_img Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Solomon Hill #44 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPPlaying without NBA All-Star forward Anthony Davis most of the night after he suffered a bruised right knee, the New Orleans Pelicans still routed Atlanta 112-94 Tuesday.Tim Frazier matched his career high with 21 points and added 14 assists for the Pelicans, who led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Leicester march into last 16 with Real, Spurs out As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

NBA: Evolution of 3-point shots sparks record scoring

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter SPORTSWe are young“With a player like that, you just prepare for the best, hope for the worst. He’s at a different level,” Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley told the NBA’s website.“It’s more of a containment, try-to-contest type of game with Russ. Just try to contain him getting into the paint, try to contest everything he puts up. It’s like that more with the star players… If I can get them to shoot contested threes, we’ll take that.” Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town A growing emphasis on 3-point shooting, aided by rule changes that encourage more outside activity and a growing sense that potential rewards from beyond the arc outweigh the risks, have seen the NBA evolve into a haven for long-range sharpshooters and versatile playmakers.Oklahoma City star Westbrook leads the NBA with 31.4 points a game and averages 10.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists in a bid to become only the second player to average a triple-double for a season — Oscar Robertson achieving the feat with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists over 79 games in the 1961-62 campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentscenter_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Impossible to stop anyone?Extending the perimeter threat forces defenders to guard more area, opening inside opportunities or allowing more 3-point chances.Shots from beyond the arc are on record pace — more than 30 percent of all shots.“The thing that has really opened up is the number of threes people take,” Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told NBA.com. “It has changed a great deal. And with the floor spread out, any time you’ve got to cover more ground it gets a lot tougher.”Up-tempo play produces more possessions and therefore more scoring chances in all games.“It’s difficult with the Westbrooks and guys like that who attack so much and so often,” Alan Anderson told NBA.com. “It’s impossible to stop anybody, but you try to make them feel you without them feeling you — because if they feel you, it’s a foul.”The Rockets, led by Harden with 28.2 points and an NBA-best 11.8 assists a game, take a league-high 39.8 3-point attempts a game, on pace to shatter their record average of 32.7 from 2014-15. Defending champion Cleveland and the lowly Brooklyn Nets are also on record pace.‘Even-crazier numbers’It’s enough to make even the most devoted fan of defense surrender.“I would say it’s looking like it is impossible,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said of defending. “I don’t know how you guard Russell Westbrook. With the rules and the respect he gets from the officials, it’s almost impossible.”Statistic-oriented FiveThirtyEight.com found there have not been more 40-point games at this point in the NBA season since the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers “Showtime” era.“It may be that this season’s jaw-dropping statistical feats are a product of all that evolution,” wrote FiveThirtyEight.com’s Neil Payne. “We could just be witnessing the beginning of a trend toward ever-crazier numbers.” CBB Mike Tyson to train Chris Brown vs Soulja Boy in upcoming bout But don’t ignore Houston’s James Harden, who joined Westbrook and Michael Jordan on Sunday as the only players in the past 40 years with multiple 40-point triple doubles in the same season.And it’s not just Westbrook and Harden. Eight players have scored 50 points in a game this season, matching an NBA record. And that’s without any from four-time Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving or 3-point hotshot Stephen Curry.Where mid-range jumpers were once all the rage, now the outside is in.In 2004, the NBA changed rules to outlaw hand checking above the free throw line, giving quicker players an extra edge. Big men had won four of the prior five NBA Most Valuable Player awards. Phoenix guard Steve Nash took the next two and outside play has grown in scale and importance since then.“The game is changing, of course, with no hand checking, with that rule being out it makes it difficult,” Beverley said.ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots a three-point basket over James Johnson #3 of the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on November 17, 2015, in Oakland, California. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Welcome to the new age of NBA scoring.Russell Westbrook could become the first player in 55 years to average a triple-double over a season. Three teams are on pace to shatter the record for 3-point attempts. And 40- or 50-point games are coming in epic numbers.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Report blames coal-fired plant in Bali for pollution, loss of livelihoods

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon A coal-fired power plant in Celukan Bawang village in Bali, Indonesia, was completed in 2015 to provide up to two-fifth of the resort island’s electricity and help jump-start the local economy.An investigation by advocacy group Greenpeace has since revealed persistent opposition to the project by residents, who have voiced concerns over health and environmental issues, as well as land compensation.In its report, Greenpeace calls on the district, provincial and national governments to regularly monitor the changes in the area and focus on development based on renewable energy sources.The district environmental agency says its own tests show that air and water quality in the area remain within safe limits. It says it has required the plant operator to submit an environmental report every six months. Away from the frenetic tourism development that has taken over the beaches of southern Bali, the Indonesian resort island’s northern coast remains largely rural and agrarian. Per capita income here is lower than in the south, and authorities hoped for an economic revival with the construction of a coal-fired power plant, underwritten by Chinese loans.But the Celukan Bawang plant, completed in 2015, has instead been blamed by environmental advocacy group Greenpeace for polluting the local environment and depriving residents of their livelihoods. This is in addition to long-running disputes over the 40 hectares (99 acres) of land on which it sits.In a report published in April, Greenpeace quoted a number of residents and local officials it had interviewed in May 2017 and who were opposed to the power plant. It concluded that the plant was “destroying local livelihoods and threatening the health of nearby communities,” and that the interviews “revealed problems over land and compensation, the impact on the local economy, environmental degradation and health impacts caused by the power plant.”This image from Google Maps shows Celukan Bawang village and the coal plant on its coast.The 426-megawatt plant was built by a Chinese-Indonesian consortium that included China Huadian Engineering Co. Ltd, Merryline International Plt. and PT General Energy Bali, and received funding of $700 million in the form of loans from state-owned China Development Bank. It reportedly burns through 5,200 tons of coal a day, and can meet two-fifths of Bali’s power demand, according to Jian Fang Shuai, a director at Huadian.From the outset, however, the project has been opposed by residents concerned about pollution, waste, their livelihoods, and unresolved land compensation deals. A third of the plant’s site remains under dispute, according to Greenpeace.Ketut Mangku Wijana, a 56-year-old resident, was one of those interviewed who told Greenpeace he would not give up his land. He told the group that he did not sell his land to the plant operator because they could not agree on a fair price.“They have not been transparent since the very beginning and they also used a middle man to buy my land on the cheap,” he said.If the community had known the land would be used for a power plant, he added, “most of them would probably not have sold their land.”Karimun, 63, lives just 50 meters (164 feet) from where the plant’s smoke stacks stand today, with nine other family members. She complained of dust, fumes and liquid waste that she said she saw being dumped near her home.“I’m worried about my health,” she said in the report. “I’ve gotten sick, so have my grandchildren, usually from respiratory issues and fevers. But what can I say. The price is not right, so I don’t want to move.”The villagers interviewed by Greenpeace also said the power plant affected the local economy for the worse. Fishing is one of the main sources of livelihood in the area, but local fishermen are having to go further out to sea because catches closer to shore have declined.Eko, a member of a fishing cooperative in Celukan Bawang village, blamed coal freighters for damaging the coral reefs and driving fish away. The power plant has also necessitated the building of a dock for the ships, which Mulyadi, a district councilman, said had destroyed the coastal ecosystem.The Celukan Bawang coal-fired power plant has been blamed by advocacy group Greenpeace for damaging the environment, public health and the local economy. Image courtesy of Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay-Indonesia.Also at issue is the plant operator’s promise to hire local residents. Agus Adnan, the Celukan Bawang village council head, said the number of positions being offered was too low.“The number of local residents hired to work at the plant does not compare with the level of grief they endured,” he said in the report.Nearly everyone quoted in the report complained of health problems. Emissions from coal-fired power plants can expose people living within the vicinity of such facilities to dangerous levels of microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Long-term exposure to such particulates can cause acute respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease. Other noxious emissions produced by coal-fired power plants include nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals like mercury.“Governments at all levels continue to ignore these impacts. The surrounding community is left alone to deal with the problems,” Greenpeace said in a statement on April 16.It has called on the district, provincial and national governments to monitor air quality and conduct periodic medical checks on the community living around the power plant; to monitor the environmental degradation caused by the plant and scrap a planned expansion; and to develop a national energy plan based on sustainable, renewable energy.Local officials, however, are skeptical. The environmental agency in Buleleng district, where the plant is located, told Mongabay-Indonesia that its own tests showed that water and air quality near the power plant were at acceptable levels.It said the pH of the seawater near the plant was 8.37, below the upper limit of 8.5. Meanwhile, six samples of seawater gave an average water temperature of 30.9 degrees Celsius (87.6 degrees Fahrenheit), lower than the limit of 35 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit).The agency also said it had examined the plant’s waste facility and concluded it was in line with official requirements. It has ordered the plant operator to submit an environmental report to the agency every six months, according to environmental agency chief I Made Gelgel.“It’s not about whether or not we believe [the Greenpeace report],” Gelgel said. “But we have to look at the report in detail: Who’s being poisoned? Where’s the proof?”A coal pit at the Celukan Bawang power plant in northern Bali. Image courtesy of Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay-Indonesia.Banner image: Balinese fishermen from Celukan Bawang village stage a protest against the coal plant for pollution and job loss. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Activism, Air Pollution, Carbon Emissions, Coal, Conflict, Energy, Environment, Environmental Activism, Fossil Fuels, Land Conflict, Pollution, Public Health, Social Conflict, Water Pollution center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

As Bali reclamation project dies, activists seek conservation status

first_imgActivism, Coastal Ecosystems, Conflict, Development, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fishing, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Infrastructure, Mangroves, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Politics, Urban Planning 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 Basten Gokkoncenter_img Activists in Bali have welcomed the automatic cancellation of a permit for a reclamation project in the Indonesian resort island’s Benoa Bay.The permit expired after the developer failed to secure government approval for its environmental impact assessment for the project.The planned development would have cleared large areas of the bay’s mangrove ecosystem for new artificial islands to host a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.The activists have called on the government to restore the bay’s status as a strictly protected area for future conservation. DENPASAR, Indonesia — Hundreds of people in Bali are celebrating a key victory against a multi-billion-dollar land reclamation project that would have destroyed vast swaths of mangroves on the resort island.Aug. 25 marked four years since PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional (TWBI), a property development unit of Indonesian tycoon Tomy Winata’s Artha Graha conglomerate, was granted a concession to develop Benoa Bay, home to a mangrove forest. Its permit allowed it to build artificial islands for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, spanning a total of 700 hectares (1,730 acres).Under Indonesian law, however, if a permit is not renewed after four years, it is automatically cancelled. And that’s the case now with TWBI, which never received government approval to extend its permit. This stemmed from the environment ministry not approving the developer’s environmental impact assessment, known locally as the AMDAL, for its project plans.An AMDAL is required for any project with the potential to cause disruption, from environmental degradation to posing a national security risk. The lengthy permitting process for development projects in Indonesia is also meant to give the general public a chance to weigh in.Marketing literature showing the development plans for the proposed artificial islands in Benoa Bay. Image courtesy of PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional.The Benoa Bay reclamation project, valued at 30 trillion rupiah ($2 billion), has from the start been widely criticized by conservationists because it would clear much of the bay’s rich mangrove ecosystem that feeds the local fishing community. Thousands of Indonesians, from environmental activists and local fishermen to artists and rock musicians, have staged a series of protests and demonstrations in an attempt to shut down the reclamation project.Opposition to the project has also come from Bali’s government and provincial legislature. The island’s governor-elect, I Wayan Koster, and the legislative speaker, I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, joined a protest on Aug. 24 against the plan and any development threatening the bay’s ecosystem.“We are here to show our official rejection of the Benoa Bay reclamation,” Wiryatama told reporters in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.The development plan has also received little support from other provincial governments. In April 2015, the governor of East Java, the closest province to Bali, rejected a proposal to dredge sea sand off the coast for use in the project. Before that, the governor of neighboring West Nusa Tenggara province shot down a similar proposal, citing ecological concerns.In a response to the permit expiration, the Bali Forum Against Reclamation (ForBALI) praised the national government for not issuing the required documents for the project.“This is a win for the people of Bali who have fought against the project for five years,” said I Wayan Suardana, a coordinator for the group. “We hope this can be an example for the people to continue to be critical of unfair development, and be a lesson to investors in Bali to pay attention to environmental and social aspects.”But even though TWBI’s concession is no longer valid, it won’t stop the development of Benoa Bay, said Hendi Lukman, former executive director of TWBI, in an interview with Mongabay-Indonesia in May.“There’s an ongoing plan to expand the Benoa port, the Ngurah Rai airport, and a planned project for an airport in northern Bali — all of these will include coastal reclamation,” Hendi said.“We are just one of the many companies that are interested in the opportunity,” he added.Hendi said the termination of the project would set a bad precedent for the investment climate in Indonesia, citing the uncertainty over obtaining permits.The reclamation project in Benoa Bay was set to clear large swaths of rich mangrove ecosystem. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The development of Benoa Bay includes a reclamation project to build artificial islets for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The controversial project was initially approved in 2012 after a feasibility study by researchers at Bali’s Udayana University said that, among other benefits, the development would provide protection against tsunamis, since the mangrove swamp would be back-filled to several meters higher than current levels.Environmental groups, however, questioned the validity of the study’s findings, citing conflicting evidence that the development would be an ecological disaster. The study was reportedly conducted under an MoU with TWBI.ForBALI has also called on the national government to restore Benoa Bay’s full conservation status, which it lost in 2012 when the governor at the time issued a decree that classified the bay a public zone where a range of activities is permitted, including fisheries, tourism and residential development.In May 2014, then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also signed a regulation revising the conservation status of Benoa Bay. Observers saw the policy changes as a means to allow the reclamation project to proceed.“Our hope is for President Joko Widodo to revoke the 2014 presidential regulation,” ForBALI’s Suardana said.Governor-elect Koster has promised to rehabilitate the area. “We will reforest the destroyed area and keep it as a green zone,” he said.Activists and locals in Bali celebrate their victory against the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay. Image by Luh De Suriyani.Banner image shows activists staging a protest in the waters of Benoa Bay against the reclamation project. Image courtesy of ForBALI.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Aug. 27, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Slave labor found at second Starbucks-certified Brazilian coffee farm

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Coffee, Controversial, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption, Environment, Environmental Crime, environmental justice, Environmental Law, Farming, Food, Food Industry, Global Trade, Globalization, Governance, Government, Green, Human Rights, Industrial Agriculture, International Trade, Law, Law Enforcement, Modern-day slavery, Monitoring, Plantations, Regulations, Slavery, Social Justice, Supply Chain, Trade 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 overSponsoredcenter_img In July 2018, Brazilian labor inspectors found six employees at the Cedro II farm in Minas Gerais state working in conditions analogous to slavery, including 17-hour shifts. The farm was later added to Brazil’s “Dirty List” of employers found to be utilizing slavery-like labor conditions.The Cedro II farm’s coffee production operation had been quality certified by both Starbucks and Nestlé-controlled brand Nespresso. The companies had bought coffee from the farm, but ceased working with it when they learned it was dirty listed.187 employers are on Brazil’s current Dirty List, which is released biannually by what was previously the Ministry of Labor, and is now part of the Ministry of Economy; 48 newly listed companies or individual employers on the April 2019 Dirty List were monitored between 2014 and 2018. A worker’s hands injured by long hours of coffee harvesting. Image by Lilo Clareto / Repórter BrasilThis story was produced via a co-publishing partnership between Mongabay and Repórter Brasil; a version in Portuguese can be read here. Eight months after slave labor was discovered at the Cedro II farm in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Starbucks and Nestlé-controlled brand Nespresso — both of whom had quality certified the farm — said they would stop sourcing coffee there.The decision by the two transnational companies came after the publication of the government’s April “Dirty List” of employers — those caught with labor conditions analogous to slavery. The Dirty List is released biannually by what was previously the Ministry of Labor, now part of the Ministry of Economy, and the the first update under President Jair Bolsonaro.The April Dirty List includes 48 new employers. One of them is coffee producer Helvécio Sebastião Batista, who had been certified with Nespresso and Starbucks quality seals and used to provide coffee for both brands.Nespresso responded: “In the light of the last report of the Ministry of Labor, we immediately suspended business with the producer in question and we will investigate the case. Farms providing coffee to the company are rigorously evaluated and inspected every year to meet the program’s criteria. We will not accept otherwise and there will be no exception.”Starbucks responded, saying it will look into the incident and that it has suspended the farm from its supplier list because of the charges. The company, which boasts the world’s largest chain of coffee shops, says the farm’s practices previously complied with the C.A.F.E. certification seal, which follows “ethical and sustainable standards” developed in partnership with Conservation International and overseen by SCS Global Services. The next evaluation of the farm included in the Dirty List is expected to take place in September 2019.A worker rakes coffee beans on a Brazilian plantation. Image by Marcel Gomes / Repórter BrasilThis wasn’t the first time that auditors found slave labor at a Starbucks-certified coffee farm. In August of 2018, Repórter Brasil reported that 18 workers had been found in conditions similar to slavery at the Córrego das Almas farm, also known as Fartura. In September, Mongabay co-published that story.The operation carried out by labor inspectors at the Cedro II farm in July 2018 found six employees in dire working conditions. Some were forced to work 17-hour shifts, from 6am to 11pm, and slept in substandard unhygienic housing, according to the government inspectors who rescued them.Cedro II farm owner and manager, Helvécio Sebastião Batista, claims the charges filed against him are unfounded. “I’ll do what I have to do. I filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, and I paid no fine,” Batista said regarding his intention to appeal the Ministry’s decision through the judicial system. A writ of mandamus is an order seeking to remedy defects of justice.Meanwhile, at Cedro II and other properties managed by Batista, labor inspectors have found 19 more workers in slavery-like conditions, in addition to the six that caused his property’s inclusion on the Dirty List. Those properties lacked proper toilets and had no kitchen facilities. The workers also reported working exhaustive hours, in some cases until 11pm, often without their mandatory weekly day off.In addition to holding Nespresso and Starbucks seals of good practice, Batista said that his farm was certified by Rainforest Alliance, which in turn informed Repórter Brasil that it would suspend its certification.Cases of labor conditions analogous to slavery on coffee farms are recurrent. In 2018 alone, 210 workers were found in such conditions by inspectors. The number of workers toiling in slave-like working conditions in Brazil’s coffee industry is now at the highest level in 15 years, according to Ministry of Labor statistics.More about the Dirty ListWith its new additions, the Dirty List” now includes 187 employers caught exploiting labor in conditions similar to slavery. According to Article 149 of Brazil’s Criminal Code, four elements define contemporary slavery: forced labor (which involves restricting freedom of movement); debt bondage (captivity linked to debts, often fraudulent ones); degrading conditions (work that denies human dignity, endangering a worker’s health, safety and life); or exhausting working hours (leading workers to total exhaustion as a result of extreme exploitation of labor, also endangering their health, safety and lives).The 48 companies newly included on the April 2019 Dirty List were monitored between 2014 and 2018. Before being added to the list, employers have a right to defend themselves with the Ministry of Economy.Employers whose appeals fail remain on the list for two years. When they strike deals with the government, employer names are placed on a “watch list,” and they may be excluded altogether after a year if they honor their commitments.Investors, along with public and private banks, use the Dirty List to conduct risk analyses. Some Brazilian and international companies choose to avoid doing business with listed firms.BANNER IMAGE: Photo credit: HermanCheah on Visual hunt / CC BYFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Alas takes blame for NLEX’s loss to TNT

first_imgNLEX’s third-year guard added they just have to move on from the loss and try to improve from their 0-5 record.“It’s frustrating and the loss really hit our morale, but we just have to move on,” said Alas. “We have to practice hard and keep in improving so that we won’t commit the same mistakes in future games.”“We have to be more mature because we can’t close out games.”ADVERTISEMENT “I feel like I didn’t meet the responsibilities given to me as the team’s point guard, especially when we got to overtime,” said Alas who finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and two assists.READ: TnT rallies back to pip NLEX in OTFEATURED 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“I think I forced my shots in the overtime period.”Alas practically went invisible in the extra period when he scored just one point, going 1-of-4 from the line and 0-of-2 from the field. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas drives past Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESNLEX combo guard Kevin Alas put the blame on his shoulders after the Road Warriors were subjected to a disappointing 126-121 loss at the hands of TnT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Alas said he wasted several opportunities in the overtime period after helping NLEX build a 29-point lead, 89-60, early in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town San Miguel extinguishes Phoenix for 2nd straight win 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

TnT rallies back to pip NLEX in OT

first_imgThe Road Warriors’ 76 points in the first half are the most this conference but that was for naught as the the KaTropa unleashed a 73-45 blast in the next three periods.After allowing NLEX get into rhythm early, TnT head coach Nash Racela said the players had the initiative to turn things around defensively.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 returnNLEX shot a preposterous 60 percent clip in the first half but TnT’s tighter defense held down the Road Warriors to a 36.17 shooting percentage in the latter periods. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Pogoy had 20 points to contribute to TnT’s offense.Wayne Chism led NLEX with 35 points and 21 rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte ‘Like teammates’: Maraño, Bolick push each other to greater heights Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ 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 respitecenter_img Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Jayson Castro vs Jonas Villanueva. PBA IMAGESTnT labored its way to a third straight win, overcoming NLEX, 126-121, in overtime Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Jayson Castro led the second-half charge for KaTropa, who trailed by as much as 29 points after the Road Warriors’ record-setting performance in the first two quarters.ADVERTISEMENT “It was the players who suggested things and it started working out in the second half,” said Racela. “I think in the first half, NLEX was really shooting the ball comfortably, and the players were really taking very open shots that are not acceptable.”“It was the players who talked before I entered the dugout, they were already talking with each other and they were trying to find ways to rally back.”TnT was eventually able to dictate the tempo in the overtime period going on an early 7-0 run with Roger Pogoy hitting a triple from the right wing to give the KaTropa a 120-113 lead.The KaTropa had four players score at least 20 points but it was Jayson Castro who shone the brightest as he put up a 32-point, 11-assist line.Donte Greene had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double while Ranidel had his own with 22 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View commentslast_img read more

Bolts fend off Aces’ late comeback

first_imgEnciso and dela Cruz scored eight points each in the final five minutes as the Aces mounted a spirited run to make things interesting down the stretch.With Meralco’s lead cut to 10, Amer took matters into his own hands, isolating Enciso and crossing him up for a pull up jumper that made it, 95-83, with 1:21 left.Jefferson cut it to single digits with a quick triple before Bolts skipper Jared Dillinger sank two free throws with exactly a minute to go.Dillinger wound up with 15 points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line.ADVERTISEMENT Alex Stepheson also produced big numbers with 17 points and 26 rebounds for Meralco, which saw its 25-point lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to nine, 95-86, with 1:19 remaining.“I thought we did a pretty good job for about 44 mins. Last four minutes we got a little bit sloppy and to be honest we got a little bit tired,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.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“Key to winning was to break the pressure of Alaska and for the most part, we were able to do a good job.”Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 points and 13 rebounds but it was Simon Enciso and captain Tony dela Cruz, who sparked their team’s fourth-quarter fightback. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Meralco’s Baser Amer. PBA IMAGESMeralco withstood a late rally by Alaska to win, 99-91, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asi Arena. Baser Amer nearly had a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds that went with five assists and two steals for the Bolts, who notched their fifth win in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Injured Parks regrets absence in Alab’s do-or-die game Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Valdez carries Creamline to first win

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Alyssa Valdez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTurning back its opening day hiccup, Creamline cruised to its first win in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 straight-set victory over Air Force Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez powered the Cool Smashers to the win with her 21 points, powered by 18 kills and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments “It’s expected from Ly,” said assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. “I told her, she might have to hit the ball a thousand times, so we really expected Alyssa to deliver us the points and it turned out good for us.”Ivy Remulla added 10 markers, while Coleen Bravo had six for Creamline.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 returnMeneses, who called the shots for the Cool Smashers for coach Tai Bundit, said that it was a better outing from his squad contrary to their opening day fourth-set loss to Perlas Spikers.“We had a better service and reception compared to our last game,” he said. “I hope this trend continues.” Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Blackwater, SBP come to terms with Smith naturalization Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Jocemer Tapic paced the Jet Spikers with 11 points. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Albert Pujols hits 600th career homer; 9th to join club

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick who became one of the greatest hitters of his generation.The 37-year-old Dominican slugger is the fourth-youngest player to hit 600 homers behind Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Pujols joins home run kings Barry Bonds and Aaron as the only players to hit 600 homers and 600 doubles.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 groundPujols is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome joined the club in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609).He also became the first to hit a grand slam for No. 600. 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races Pujols is in his sixth year with the Angels after beginning his career with 11 spectacular years in St. Louis. He became the youngest player to hit 250 homers and the first to hit 400 homers in his first 10 big-league seasons while with the Cardinals, and he is the only player ever to hit at least 30 homers in his first 12 big-league seasons.The three-time NL MVP has slowed in numerous ways since joining the Angels, who haven’t won a playoff game since giving him a $240 million free-agent contract in December 2011. Pujols doesn’t round the bases or play the field with his youthful vigor, but he still delivers solid pop at the plate as one of the majors’ top RBI producers.Pujols has homered in 37 different ballparks and against all 30 big-league teams, including the Cardinals. Santana is one of 386 pitchers to yield a homer to Pujols.Pujols is the majors’ active leader in homers by a long shot, and the 600-homer club might not get its next member for several years. Detroit’s 34-year-old Miguel Cabrera has 451 career homers, and the next-closest player under 34 years old is Milwaukee’s 33-year-old Ryan Braun with 292.“What Albert is about to do, it’s legendary,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “To be able to witness it is something special. You look around baseball, and the guys that have reached that plateau are few and far between, to say the least. It’s such a special journey. It doesn’t happen very often.”Pujols has hit 155 homers in nearly 5 1/2 seasons with the Angels, dropping well off the incredible pace established when he hit 445 homers in his 11 seasons with St. Louis. He hit at least 40 homers in six seasons with the Cardinals, but has done it only once for Los Angeles.Although he has made just one All-Star team with the Angels, Pujols has been a consistent offensive threat in Orange County when healthy, racking up 119 RBIs last season and ranking third in the AL with 38 RBIs entering Friday’s games. Injuries and age have forced the Angels to use the formerly above-average fielder largely as a designated hitter: He played only 28 games at first base last season and just four this year.“This guy is probably the toughest ballplayer I’ve ever seen,” Scioscia said. “To be able to go out there at maybe 50 percent and still be productive, what he means to the team in the dugout, in the clubhouse, you can see why he’s been a winner his whole career.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols points after a balk by Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, California. APANAHEIM, California — Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer on Saturday (Sunday Manila time), delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark.The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I don’t play here for numbers,” Pujols said this week after hitting No. 599. “My goal since Day One when I got to the big leagues was to help the organization that I wear the uniform of. At the end of my career, numbers are numbers. I think I’m going to have plenty of time, but my main goal is to try to win a championship here.“I’m aware of the history, don’t get me wrong. I respect it, but I think that’s kind of a distraction that I don’t want to bring into the game for me.”Pujols hit his 599th homer on Tuesday and then went through three straight homerless games. The slugger rarely acknowledges the importance of individual accomplishments, but his fellow Angels thought he clearly wanted to reach the milestone at home before they hit the road Monday.The Angels were excited, too: Mike Trout went to the ballpark right after having thumb surgery Wednesday because he wanted to see Pujols make history — and Trout has returned every night since.“It’s pretty incredible,” Trout said. “Each night he gets a hit or gets an RBI, he’s passing somebody. (On Thursday) he passed Babe Ruth in hits. I think that’s pretty special. It’s remarkable, his career so far. He’s got a lot of baseball left, but I think the biggest thing is 600. That’s special.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more