Nadal shuts down 2016 season, eyes 2017 assault

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town He then suffered a fourth round loss at the US Open, going down in five sets to Lucas Pouille of France.Nadal’s longtime rival Federer, the holder of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, called time on his season in July after suffering a knee injury.Both men were in Mallorca on Wednesday to oversee the opening of Nadal’s own tennis academy.“Roger and I haven’t forgotten how to play tennis and we are working to get back to competing at the highest level,” said Nadal.“I still have many years to come in tennis.”His decision to call time on his season means that the year-ending World Tour Finals will be without both Federer and Nadal for the first time since 2001.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year,” added Nadal. “I won’t be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the staff have always treated me so well. Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season.”Nadal compiled a 39-14 match record during 2016, winning titles at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open.But he was a first round loser at the Australian Open and saw his hopes of a 10th French Open ended by his troublesome wrist which also ruled him out of Wimbledon.At the Rio Olympics, he won doubles gold with close friend Marc Lopez but was beaten in the bronze medal singles play-off by Kei Nishikori.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to his fans after defeat by Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the men’s singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Former world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season on Thursday to concentrate instead on recovering full fitness for a fresh trophy assault in 2017.The 30-year-old has been plagued by physical problems and has now gone through a second successive campaign without adding to his majors collection.ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter A left wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open before the third round and kept him on the sidelines until the Olympics.“It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain. This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing the 2017 season,” Nadal wrote on Facebook.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentNadal, ranked at six in the world, suffered a shock second round defeat to Victor Troicki at the Shanghai Masters last week.But he had been due to play in Basel next week and then the Paris Masters. He was also well-placed to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View commentscenter_img Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with Ginebra EDITORS’ PICK We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

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Isaac knows Sumang’s worth, hopes his good run continues

first_imgView comments “Those players coming off the bench, guys like Roi Sumang, Dylan Ababou, James Forrester, Reil Cervantes, James Sena, and Raymond Aguilar, together with Ael Banal, at any time they can be elevated to the first unit. It’s just that the players in the first unit, they are the most consistent, but any of our players who can give a solid performance will be given the incentive or reward of being elevated to the first unit,” Isaac said.But it wasn’t just that stretch they they delivered, as the Blackwater bench mob outplayed its GlobalPort counterpart, 38-28.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIsaac continued, “We don’t play favorites in our team. We reward players who excel and give 100-percent in their performance. Those players played well despite our starters who were resting.”One of the standouts in that bench crew was Roi Sumang, who had his best outing of the conference finishing with nine points, two rebounds, and two assists against the team that drafted him back in 2015. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town End of sleepless nights for Vanguardia, Phoenix Roi Sumang goes for a drive. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Isaac wasn’t surprised at all with the way his bench unit played on Wednesday in Blackwater’s 99-91 win over GlobalPort.With top dogs Mac Belo and Art dela Cruz resting on the bench early in the fourth period, the reserves kept the ship afloat and worked to maintain the Elite’s 10-point lead until the starters checked back in midway in the frame.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img We are young EDITORS’ PICK 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 “I’m happy for him. He has moved past the hump that has been bothering him. I wish that his good run will continue,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Though the former University of the East stud slipped past mediamen, Isaac only had good words for his 26-year-old guard.“We knew that Roi would click not just for this game. We knew what kind of player he is going back to his collegiate days with the UE Red Warriors,” he said.The mentor further explained that Sumang’s injury woes truly set the 26-year-old’s development back, something which the Elite handled with care.“Going to the start of this conference, he was on the injury list. That’s why we got guards from other teams like (Nard) Pinto from Mahindra, Denok (Miranda) who was released by TNT, and why we got Ael Banal in the draft. We were just waiting for Roi to fully recover before we inserted him back into the line-up,” he said.With the way the young guard performed against the Batang Pier, Isaac is hopeful that this will be the start of Sumang’s long awaited ascent in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

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New species of skink from Angola has waited over 70 years to be described

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, New Species, Reptiles, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife In the 1950s and 60s, two Belgian herpetologists suspected the occurrence of a new-to-science species of skink based on specimens from Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But neither of them got around to describing the species in their lifetimes.Now, a team of researchers surveying amphibians and reptiles in Cagandala National Park in Angola have formally described the long-tailed skink in a new study.Named Trachylepis raymondlaurenti or Laurent’s long tailed skink in honor of Raymond Laurent, the researchers suggest a conservation status of Least Concern for the skink for now. Researchers have finally described a new species of skink from Angola, specimens of which have lurked on museum shelves for more than 70 years.Belgian herpetologist Raymond Laurent first suspected that he was dealing with a new species of skink back in the 1960s based on specimens collected from both Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). However, Laurent decided to let his Belgian colleague Gaston de Witte, who had been the first to study the more-numerous DRC specimens in the 1950s, take the lead on describing the skink. As it turns out, neither of them got around to doing it in their lifetime.Now, a team of researchers surveying amphibians and reptiles in Cangandala National Park (CNP) in Angola have formally described the long-tailed skink in a new study published in Zootaxa. “It was a lucky find,” said Mariana P. Marques, a doctoral student at CIBIO (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), University of Porto, Portugal, and lead author of the study. “We were doing some active search for amphibians and reptiles in CNP for our inventory and we saw the specimen basking under a shrub. As soon as we got it, we suspected immediately that was a new species especially due to the well-marked neck and its long tail.”Laurent’s long tailed skink. Image by Luis Ceríaco.Marques and her colleagues also used Laurent and de Witte’s published works to locate some of the older specimens, now placed in the collections of the Dundo Museum in Angola, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) in Belgium, as well as the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, U.S.The team then analyzed the specimens’ bodies as well as DNA to conclude that they belonged to a new-to-science species of skink. The lizard-like animal, with an elongated body and a very long tail that’s more than twice its body length (from its nose to the base of its tail), has been named Trachylepis raymondlaurenti or Laurent’s long tailed skink, in honor of the Belgian herpetologist.“Raymond Laurent was one of the zoologists that most contributed to the current knowledge of the Angolan amphibians and reptiles, while de Witte focused his research on DRC,” said Marques, who is also an assistant curator of the Herpetological collection at Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Lisboa, Portugal (MUHNAC). “Since the species was rediscovered in Angola, we think that was a good recognition of Laurent’s important contributions. Also, it was Laurent who published the initial hint that led us to review the group.”Since the Laurent’s long tailed skink has been found in conservation areas in both Angola and DRC, the researchers say that it possibly occurs over a large area, and suggest a conservation status of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List for now. The team also has not found evidence of the new species being used by the local populations or within the pet trade. A formal conservation assessment would, however, be needed to properly evaluate the species’ conservation status, the researchers say.The new species of skink has a very long tail. Image by Luis Ceríaco.Citation:Marquez, M. P., Ceríaco, L. M., Bandeira, S., Pauwels, O. S., & Bauer, A. M. (2019). Description of a new long-tailed skink (Scincidae: Trachylepis) from Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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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

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