first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young The overworked neophyte senator has remained mum on how he would do battle, while trainer Freddie Roach said they’ve got to take control early. There was no mention of a possible stoppage on the part of Pacquiao, who scored his last knockout in 2009.Of course, there has been a deafening clamor for a big KO, which must have risen louder following Vargas’ annoying flamboyance.Will Pacquiao finally commit himself to a KO finish on the eve of the championship, maybe during the official weigh-in?It’s like this. The call from President Rodrigo Duterte, a known Pacquiao fan and ally, for the fighting senator to finish off Vargas, did not come as a surprise. The fighting chief executive was honestly voicing the wish of the whole nation.It would therefore not be right to call the Duterte wish a marching order.Meanwhile, it would not take long before Jinkee Pacquiao, the senator’s lovely wife, would voice out her own wish.The earlier the better, Mrs. Pacquiao told mediamen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBy the way, Dewey Cooper, the champ’s new trainer, has warned spectators they could end up disapppointed, claiming the younger Vargas, with his edge in height and reach, will give Manny much tougher time than anticipated. Cooper said Vargas will box Manny “like nobody else.”Of course, they don’t know Pacquiao would rather die than disappoint the love of his life, who has been desiring nothing less than a red-hot early knockout. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Jessie Vargas, the champion, moved onto the Las Vegas press con centerstage on Wednesday a super rich shopper proud and raring to snatch a big knockout. He could hardly wait.Sorry, the priceless good would not be available until fight time on Saturday, Nevada time. Tall and handsome in a moss-green suit, the reigning WBO welterweight titlist proceeded to score loud with his mouth. The 27-year-old Vargas cried he would be more than ready to clip and stop Sen. Manny Pacquiao with either his left or right hand.He also tried to claim he could be invincible.This blazing bravado was not expected of Vargas who, from the start, has been generally figured out as an inferior match to Pacquiao. The sudden flash of confidence, either suggested or personal, has definitely helped push popularity and sales for the championship, which took off with very little promise more than two months ago.Vargas crying out wild has definitely heightened, even doubled, expectations for a brutal early ending to the championship, a happy twist that has brought back the smile on promoter Bob Arum’s old cunning lips.Manny Pacquiao could not help but be amused.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus New chair wants to expand PBA fan baselast_img read more

first_imgThe Garifuna, an Afro-indigenous ethnic group, have inhabited eastern Honduras since the late 18th century, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Honduras’s rich coastal ecosystems.In recent decades both their way of life and their ancestral lands have been increasingly threatened by the relentless encroachment of powerful private interests in Honduras’s burgeoning tourism and biofuel industries.The Garifuna have been mounting a resistance, aided in part by a network of community radio stations.In addition to serving up traditional music and shows on health and nutrition, domestic violence, substance abuse, and other topics, the stations have helped raise the profile of people struggling to protect indigenous lands and ways of life and serve as a strong means of mobilization, according to local activists. LA CEIBA, Honduras — In the small, sky-blue studio at the Faluma Bimetu community radio station, 32-year-old Cesar Benedict reaches for the controls and slowly fades out the fast percussive rhythms and flighty guitar of a well-known Garifuna praise song. He leans his considerable bulk closer to the microphone and delivers a clipped message about the threat of deforestation and global warming in Honduras. Then he adeptly fades the track back in.Located in the rural village of Triunfo de la Cruz, in Honduras’s Atlántida department along the country’s palm-fringed northern Caribbean coast, Faluma Bimetu broadcasts the plight of the Garifuna people. The station’s name means “sweet coconut” in the distinctive Garifuna language.The Garifuna are a unique Afro-indigenous ethnic group descended from mutinous West African slaves and indigenous Carib and Arawak groups that dispersed across parts of South America and the Caribbean. The Garifuna have inhabited this part of Honduras since the late 18thcentury, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Honduras’s rich coastal ecosystems and sustaining themselves on subsistence agriculture and small-scale fishing.In recent decades, however, both their way of life and their ancestral lands have been increasingly threatened by the relentless encroachment of powerful private interests in Honduras’s burgeoning tourism and biofuel industries.According to reports from organizations including Global Witness and Amnesty International, Garifuna communities along the Honduran coast have routinely faced threats, harassment and gross human rights violations. Faluma Bimetu was set up in 1997 in response to the murder of three local land activists.Cesar Benedict looks out to sea in Triunfo de la Cruz. Image by Christopher Clark for Mongabay.Benedict was born here in Triunfo de la Cruz. When he was just 11 years old, he decided it was time to “join the social struggle,” as he puts it, to help protect the Garifuna’s land and culture against what he saw as an onslaught by external forces. He started volunteering at Faluma Bimetu, carrying out various menial tasks after school and picking up a few tricks of the trade from the radio hosts, who included his older brother.Today, Benedict is Faluma Bimetu’s hardworking director. With no salary and minimal funding, he manages a team of seven radio hosts and oversees a 24-hour schedule that includes shows on health and nutrition, domestic violence and substance abuse, the environment, youth and women’s leadership development, religion and spirituality, and traditional music.last_img read more