September 25

As Indonesia’s forests burn, haze clouds parts of Visayas, Mindanao

first_imgNearby, Singapore and Malaysia have both choked in a dense haze all week, with air quality reaching unhealthy levels. Manila — Parts of the Visayas and Mindanao are seeing hazy skies amid neighboring Indonesia’s forest fires, officials said. However, the EMB has warned Sunday that intense forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks could cause “high levels of air pollution” to be blown towards the southern part of the Philippines in the coming days. The EMB’s regional offices are conducting air quality tests to determine whether pollution has reached dangerous levels. This would not be the first time that haze from Indonesia has reached the Philippines. In 2015, haze — made up of fine dust, smoke or light vapor that obscures part of the atmosphere — clouded southern Mindanao and reached all the way to Bohol. Air quality in the towns of General Santos City, Koronadal City and Tupi in South Cotabato was in “good and fair condition” as of Saturday.center_img Health officials then warned that haze may lead to eye irritation, itchy and runny nose, sneezing, dry throat and coughs. The fires were allegedly caused by farmers using slash and burn techniques to clear the ecologically rich land — the same practice that led to uncontrollable fires in the Brazilian Amazon this summer. (CNN Philippines) Regional offices of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) have confirmed the existence of haze in Central Visayas and SOCCSKSARGEN, but have not linked this directly to the Indonesia fires. Intense forest fires have raged across the Indonesian regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks. More than 930,000 hectares of land have been razed, hundreds of residents evacuated, and more than 9,000 personnel have been deployed to battle the flames, according to CNN Indonesia.last_img read more

January 18

Napa rues Letran’s lack of finishing ability in loss to Perpetual

first_imgMatthysse will have ‘no respect’ as he aims to beat Pacquiao A red-hot Edgar Charcos, a squandered lead, and a collapsed offense became the narrative of the Knights’ opening game loss to Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.But instead of sulk, Napa and the Knights are using the setback as a learning experience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Time to move on, we’ll just focus on our next game so we can’t allow the same mistakes from happening again,” said Napa in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.READ: NCAA: Perpetual rallies to close out Letran in thriller ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “I didn’t question my players’ decisions, I have a lot of trust in them,” said Napa. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It wasn’t the start Jeff Napa wanted for the Letran Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charcos finished with 27 points in the Altas’ win, dropping 22 points in the first half, but the Knights still went into the break trailing by just one, 45-44.After a seesaw affair for much of the game, Letran was able to take the lead early in the fourth, 73-65.That, however, was the Knights’ final stand as they allowed the Altas to mount a 12-2 run and take a 77-73 lead off of Kim Aruin’s step back jumper with 1:35 left in the game.“It’s hard to make excuses for this game, there were many lapses like Charcos getting too comfortable,” said Napa. “We got a lead, we relaxed, and we lacked the finishing ability.”The Knights had a couple of chances in the last minute but Prince Eze denied both of those with blocks on Bong Quinto and JP Calvo.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View commentslast_img read more