Djokovic ends Murray’s 28-win streak in Qatar triumph

first_imgDespite going into the third set showing signs of frustration and weariness, Djokovic was able to claw away any momentum Murray had to secure his second successive title in Qatar and the $209,665 first prize.A break of Murray’s serve in the seventh game of the final set, when the Scot looked most likely to win, proved decisive.Serving for the match, Djokovic secured the title on his fourth match point, having squandered three in the second set when Murray astonishingly recovered from 5-4 down and 40-15 to win three games in a row and force, at that point, an unlikely deciding set.Despite the victory, Murray retains his world number one ranking. TVJADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Golden chance: Filipino athletes aim for 11 gold medals at SEA Games Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Novak Djokovic brought world number one Andy Murray’s 28-match winning streak to an end in Doha on Saturday to retain the Qatar Open title in a three-set thriller.Serb star Djokovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a high-quality, action-packed match between the two best players in the world lasting almost three hours.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Djokovic ends Murray’s 28-win streak in Qatar triumph01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK It is Djokovic’s 25th career victory over Murray and puts down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later this month.“Definitely one of the best ways to start a year,” Djokovic said immediately after his victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“I had three or four match points in the second set, he turned it around and I thought: Wow! I hope this isn’t payback time!“He was close… all the way to the last shot you never know with Andy,” added Djokovic who was penalised a point in the second set after destroying his racquet as the tension mounted. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View commentslast_img read more

First increase in Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in 20 years

first_imgNumbers of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River have risen from 80 in 2015 to 92 in 2017, according to WWF-Cambodia.The WWF team has found other signs of improvements in the Mekong dolphin population, including more dolphins surviving into adulthood, increase in the number of dolphin calves, and a drop in dolphin deaths.These improvements are largely due to more effective patrolling by river guards, and increasing awareness about the dolphins among local communities, WWF said. Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River could be making a comeback.After more than two decades of steady decline, numbers of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) in the Mekong River have risen from 80 in 2015 to 92 in 2017, according to a joint announcement by the Cambodian government and WWF-Cambodia.This slight population increase brings hope for the species, Teak Seng, country director of WWF-Cambodia, told Mongabay.“And because the dolphin population is a key indicator of the health of the river, it means hope for the river itself and the millions of people who rely on it,” Seng said. “Moreover, it means that we have been taking the right approach to protect this natural living treasure of Cambodia.”Mekong River landscape. Image by WWF-Cambodia.In the Mekong River, the Irrawaddy dolphins are known to range within a 190-kilometer (118-mile) stretch from Kratie in Cambodia to the slightly upstream Khone Falls complex in Laos. In 1997, researchers estimated that dolphin numbers within this stretch was no more than 200 individuals. This figure fell to 80 dolphins in a survey carried out in 2015. Over the past two years, however, dolphin numbers seem to be on the rise.In the most recent survey conducted in 2017, WWF researchers looked for dolphins in boats, moving slowly in a zig-zag pattern, from bank to bank to cover most of the river’s surface area, Seng said. Whenever the researchers spotted dolphins, they stopped the boat, then spent about 30 to 120 minutes observing and photographing the animals. The team then analyzed these field observations and photographs, and estimated that there are about 92 dolphins in the river (with the estimate ranging between 80 and 106 dolphins).Researchers conducting dolphin population survey in the Mekong River. Image by Lee Poston/WWF.Population trend of Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River. Image courtesy of WWF-Cambodia.The WWF team found other signs of improvements in the Mekong dolphin population. More dolphins seem to be surviving into adulthood, for instance, and there has been an overall increase in the number of dolphin calves and a drop in dolphin deaths.These improvements are largely due to more effective patrolling by river guards, Seng said. The river guards scour the Mekong River for signs of illegal fishing activities, including dynamite fishing in protected zones or the use of illegal gill nets. The guards also identify and report people who enter prohibited zones illegally.In the past few years, there has been an increase in the training of river guards, who have in turn intensified their patrolling of the Mekong River, Seng said.River guards confiscating illegal fishing nets in the Mekong River. Image by Chakrey/WWF-Cambodia.“Besides effective patrolling, there has been a lot of effort put into awareness raising among the community people living around the protected zones,” Seng added. “They in turn have helped us protect the dolphins by reporting illegal fishing activities and supporting ecotourism development. In addition, close collaboration with local and provincial authorities have been significantly improved.”The tour boat operators are yet another “secret ingredient of this success story,” Seng said. These tour operators, he said, help law enforcement by reporting illegal fishing activities such as the presence of gillnets, or dynamite, poison or electro-shock fishing.Seng acknowledged that despite the encouraging increase in numbers of dolphins, the overall population of this species in the Mekong River is still small. Dolphins face serious entanglement risk in gillnets, for example. Hydropower dams on the main stem of the Mekong River, both under construction and proposed, are also big threats to the dolphins. “Thus, more efforts and strict law enforcement must be continued,” Seng said.Irrawaddy dolphins. Image by Lor Kimsan. 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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 overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Dolphins, Endangered Species, Environment, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Rivers, Tropical Rivers, Wildlife last_img read more