LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZIt’s been more than a decade since the Philippines placed in the volleyball podium of the Southeast Asian Games, but with the country hosting the 2019 edition Ramon Suzara has high hopes for the sport he helped flourish.Suzara, who is the president of the Philippine Superliga, said both the men’s and women’s volleyball events will be played at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games thus putting the sport under the limelight of the nation’s capital region.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m happy that volleyball will be at Smart Araneta Coliseum because it’s a big venue and it’s very close to the general public for easier transportation,” said Suzara Thursday at Shangri-La Bonifacio Global City after the SEA Games Federation meeting.“That has been the initial agreement and nothing’s final but the initial agreement is that we will put both popular sports [volleyball and basketball] in a big venue.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBasketball, often regarded as the main sport of the Philippines, will be played at Mall of Asia Arena with volleyball, the second-most popular sport, getting Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 2019 SEA Games will be played in three key areas in Clark Green City, Subic, and Metro Manila. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Philippine Arena chosen for 2019 SEA Games opening Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Suzara, who oversaw the Philippines’ last volleyball medal haul in 2005 when the country won bronze in both the men’s and women’s categories, expects the host team to go the distance in the event.“The SEA Games is very important in our hearts so we should play in the finals,” said Suzara. “I’m always positive that our women’s volleyball team should play in the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
Officials from oil giant ExxonMobil made a first-time appearance before the National Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee on Friday, where they gave an account of their activities in Guyana and defended the recently announced US$10 million grant made to Conservation International.Leading the team was Country Manager Rod Henson, who was asked about the implications of conflict of interest when part of that money will go to Conservation International of Guyana: a pro-environment, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).“CI is an international NGO… Don’t you think that CI being grantee of US$10 million is actually a conflict of interest? They are the international watchdog which our Government has been partnering with as it relates to environment and conservation,” Committee member and opposition Parliamentarian Pauline Sukhai questioned.Committee Chairman Odinga Lumumba backed up his colleague’s observation, noting that the local CI has effectively been relieved of credibility when it comes to “any issue in Guyana with oil spills, environmental problems, etc.”In his answer, however, Henson denied that this was a conflict of interest. In fact, Henson affirmed that the Government of Guyana had prior knowledge that the company would partner with CI.Henson stressed that this initiative is a good thing, as CI could build capacity to improve its oversight.“This is our ExxonMobil Foundation initiative. This is not directed or approved by the Government. This is a good thing. I am not aware that Conservation International has a sole role and a unique role as a watchdog. ExxonMobil uses this organisation or partners with this organisation around the world,” he responded.The company announced on Monday that its philanthropic arm would be investing US$10 million into Guyana’s conservation efforts and into collaborations with the University of Guyana. According to a statement from the company, the US$10 million will be provided in tranches over a period of five years. It is understood that the initial grant money will fund a feasibility study that will work out the scope of the programme.ExxonMobil FoundationThe ExxonMobil Foundation engages in a number of philanthropic activities in the United States, with a focus on advancing education and training. But with the company’s local subsidiary having discovered over three billion recoverable barrels of oil off Guyana’s coast since 2015, the foundation has turned its attention here.“Once defined, Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will deliver the education, training, research and retention programmes that will help ensure that economic growth reinforces Guyana’s environmental development goals. The investment is also intended to expand conservation areas in the Rupununi Wetlands,” the ExxonMobil statement detailed.According to the statement, money will go towards “mangrove restoration, and management and support improvements to community-based fishing on Guyana’s coast, a sector the Government of Guyana has identified as critically important to the wellbeing of the Guyanese people, and support the work of the University of Guyana’s Greening Research and Innovation Centres.”President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, Kevin Murphy, was quoted affirming that the money would go towards supporting the Government’s objectives in the Green State Development Strategy.“This partnership will support the highest conservation priorities for the country, as well as education and training for sustainable employment,” he said. “It (also) demonstrates the value we place on our long-term relationship with the citizens of Guyana.”Threat to environmentAn environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had previously found that the likelihood of an oil spill offshore Guyana as part of the ExxonMobil exploration is considered unlikely to occur because of the extensive preventative measures employed.It has nevertheless found that an oil spill is considered possible, and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has conducted oil spill modelling to evaluate the range of likely spill trajectories and rates of travel.The location of the Project at 190 km (120 miles) offshore, prevailing northwest currents, the light nature of the Liza field crude oil, and the region’s warm waters would all help minimise the severity of a spill.“Accounting for these factors, the modelling indicates only a 5-to-10 per cent probability of any oil reaching the Guyana coast without taking into consideration the effectiveness of any oil spill response, and in the unlikely event that a spill were even to occur,” the study found.The results from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into the Liza Phase 2 development project had also relieved ExxonMobil’s subsidiary from the presumption that its operations would cause damage to Guyana’s wildlife and the environment – that is, pending an independent assessment.The report’s findings were that damage will be “negligible to minor” when it comes to various categories. That is, save for damage to marine mammals, which the report does find will be moderate.
Gardai searching for a missing yacht skipper have found his car keys and his car but there is still no sign of him.Wood Magic, the yacht at the centre of the mystery moored at Sheephaven Bay, Ard on Sunday. Photo by Moses Alcorn.The emergency services are becoming increasingly alarmed about the man’s welfare after he disappeared almost two weeks ago.His yacht, named Wood Magic, has been anchored just 100 yards off the Co Donegal coast at Sheephaven Bay for at least ten days. A search for the man has found his car at Fahan Pier around the Donegal coastline and the keys of the car were later discovered in the abandoned yacht.Fears for the man have grown since a small dingy attached to the yacht was found turned upside down on Saturday evening.A hatch on the yacht was also opened when boarded by Gardai.There were no signs of a struggle but many of the man’s personal belongings are still onboard. Gardai have now listed the skipper of the boat, who is from Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula, as officially missing.The man’s family say they are very concerned about his welfare and have not heard from him in almost two weeks.A spokesman for the Malin Head Radio Coastguard said “There is serious concern for this man and we are appealing for anybody who may know of his whereabouts to contact the Gardai.“All his personal belongings including his car keys are untouched on the boat.“We have tried to telephone him but his mobile phone is not ringing.” The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were drafted in today to search nearby uplands for fear the man could be injured.The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo also patrolled Sheephaven Bay along with the marine rescue services including the Mulroy Coastguard.MISSING SKIPPER UPDATE: CAR AND KEYS FOUND BUT STILL NO SIGN OF SAILOR was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:sheephaven bayskipperWood MagidYacht