Social media, e-commerce sites facilitate illegal orchid trade

first_imgWild orchids are collected for their beauty and are also used in traditional foods and medicines. This demand has left the plants prone to illegal trafficking.Despite having some of the best legal protections afforded to plants, wild orchids remain under immense threat globally for the illegal trade.While many orchids sold online are grown in greenhouses and have proper documentation, wild orchid traffickers are increasingly poaching the plants from protected forests, posing grave risks to the impacted species.There is often an overlap between legal and illegal online orchid sales, sometimes involving the same platforms, buyers and sellers, and little enforcement to prevent illegal transactions. Reports of illegal trafficking in elephant ivory or rhino horn abound, but plants are actually more frequent victims of the illicit trade than wildlife. In fact, roughly 30,000 of the 35,000 species covered by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) are plants.Orchids are especially vulnerable to illegal trafficking due to their beauty and popularity. The nearly 30,000 species of orchids make up roughly 10 percent of the Earth’s plant species, yet represent more than 70 percent of the species listed on CITES.“It’s really an orchid convention,” Amy Hinsley, a postdoctoral research associate and fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, told Mongabay. She recently published a report that outlines the impact of the internet on the orchid trade.On one hand, it’s become easier to track the illegal trade now that it’s online, according to Hinsley. In the past, a researcher needed to go to orchid shows to find out what was being traded. Online, Hinsley can visit websites, look at postings, and sometimes observe the interactions between sellers and buyers in comments or on message boards. But on the flipside, the internet also allows illegal traders to access global markets much more easily.Technologies that speed information transfer in mainstream commerce also allow traffickers to use the internet to deliver products more effectively, receive payments, encrypt communications, or thwart law enforcement agencies through digital attacks. In the case of wild plants, traffickers can identify and map the locations of target species through online databases and then advertise sale of those species. Both information collection and dissemination can be done remotely, lowering the barriers to entry into criminal markets.These Asian slipper orchids grown from artificial seeding, at the 22nd World Orchid Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador in November 2017, show how expensive buying orchids through proper channels can be. Photo courtesy Kingsley Dixon.Hinsley has found illegally harvested orchids on sites like eBay and other popular websites and social media platforms. According to her report, these illegally harvested orchids can sometimes be found under certain hashtags, like #Paphiopedilum (a genus of tropical Asian orchids known as Venus slipper), #orchidforsale, #jungleorchid and #wildorchid. Representatives for eBay could not be reached for comment by the time this story went to publication.“There are numerous examples of orchid species being harvested to near or extinction,” Hinsley said. One such example is Paphiopedilum canhii, a species that was discovered in Vietnam in 2010 and was subsequently nearly wiped out by over-collection.  According to Hinsley’s report, “The rapid collection of more than 99 percent of all known plants within just six months of the species’ discovery was linked directly to the internet. In particular, the spread of pictures on social media fueled this intense demand and allowed collectors to locate wild populations.”Lackluster online enforcement measuresThe problem of online orchid trafficking is not helped by the fact that websites don’t seem especially interested in taking down illegal postings, according to David Roberts. An associate professor at the University of Kent who studies trafficking in wild species, including orchids, Roberts says he’s been in touch with eBay to report illegal sellers, and none of them have ever been taken down.“The resources they put in to stop the ivory trade is little to nothing, so they’re not going to do much for orchids that I can see,” he said.Legality can be a tricky subject in general. The cost of a CITES permit can be prohibitive, leading sellers to sometimes ship otherwise legally grown or harvested orchids internationally without one. “You’re potentially getting illegal trade occurring in things that aren’t wild-collected but it’s illegal because they’re not having permits,” Roberts said.It’s also not always easy to tell if an orchid being sold online is legal or illegal, especially for hobby collectors without much experience. However, there are a few ways to tell. One is if the species being sold is listed in CITES Appendix I, for which commercial trade of wild-harvested species is prohibited. (There are also some species on Appendix I that can be found in a regular garden store because they were not wild-collected.)A mockup of an eBay posting of an illegally-harvested species from Amy Hinsley’s Global Initiative report. The species and seller here are fictional, but the layout of the sales page mimics exactly how these species are sold. The photo used is of a Paphiopedilum slipper orchid. Image courtesy Amy Hinsley, University of Oxford and Sam Sinclair, Biodiversify.Another is if it says “wild-collected” or if it’s a new species that wouldn’t have had time to grow in a greenhouse. For example, Paphiopedilum papilio-laoticus, discovered in Laos in June of this year, needs a minimum of 22 months and up to 66 months to produce a plant that meets the CITES definition of “artificially propagated.” Yet in her report, Hinsley says it has already been found for sale online, which means it couldn’t have been cultivated and must have been illegally harvested.Hinsley’s report also says the offer of “worldwide shipping” can be a clue, because most of these plants need CITES permits to be shipped internationally, and when prices are low, it’s unlikely that the plants have a permit.Roberts said photos could help: if they show microflora growing on the leaves, the plant was probably wild-harvested. Additionally, photos of plants with broken or damaged roots or with leaves or flowers that show signs of pest damage are evidence of possible wild harvesting.Who profits?The beneficiaries of the online trafficking in wild orchids are diverse.In China, many harvesters are poor farmers digging up plants and selling them to intermediaries. In Indonesia, middle-class and rich people enjoy jungle adventures that involve collecting and selling orchids. Some operations function as organized crime, where collectors send their own people into the jungle.Of course, it comes down to money. Rare plants can fetch a higher price, and operating on the black market lowers costs. It may be cheaper to pick an orchid in the wild than grow and harvest it in a greenhouse, and cheaper to export it without proper permits.Newly discovered orchid species Paphiopedilum papilo-laoticus in Laos this past June. These plants have already been found for sale online. Photo courtesy Adunyadeth Luang Aphay, Orchideen Journal.These lower prices can also lead buyers to unwittingly purchase illegally harvested orchids. Many do so knowingly, and some cite conservation as a justification.“People hear about deforestation and think ‘I have a good greenhouse so I can save them,’” Hinsley said. “They think about themselves as conservationists.”This was the case for Brian, a 25-year-old from Manila, who asked Mongabay not to use his last name. He said he found a Ceratocentron fesselii, the most endangered species of orchid in Southeast Asia, online for under $10 and initially considered buying it, thinking he could give it a good home.“I think I wanted to get it because I thought I could raise it and propagate it,” he said. “It’s a nice dream to have I think, as a budding plant enthusiast, to help save the species.” In the end, he opted not to buy it, saying that by buying it, he felt it would just raise demand and encourage the seller.A world of orchidsOrchids are found around the world, everywhere from the forests of Southeast Asia to the meadows of the United Kingdom. This can make it difficult to say with certainty what effect the decimation of populations of particular species will have, because there is such a variety of species and habitats, many of which have not yet been properly studied.Kingsley Dixon, an orchid expert and professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, said the value orchids provided was not to ecosystems but to people. “The trade is not so much about what you do to the ecology,” Dixon said, “but what you do to the social value of that ecosystem.”Orchids have woven themselves into human cultures throughout history and are used in traditional medicines, food, and for weaving among certain groups. Losing certain species could threaten these traditions and the people who engage with these traditional products. That said, the use of orchids in food and medicines also contributes to the over-harvesting.One thing that is known is that orchids are an important indicator species and can tell scientists about the health of an ecosystem, as they tend to be some of the first species to disappear when conditions deteriorate.A sign at Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens in Hong Kong, which works to conserve several species that are important in trade. Collecting wild orchids is against the law in many countries, but the illegal trade persists.” Photo courtesy Amy Hinsley.“Orchids are like the canary in the coal mine,” Roberts said. “You remove the canary and you can still mine, but one day the gas will build up and you won’t know.”More broadly, the decrease in biodiversity as species die out in forests changes the surrounding ecosystem.For example, orchids have symbiotic relationships with other species, such as orchid bees (Euglossine). The male bees use chemicals from the orchids to create a scent for mating with females. The bees also pollinate Brazil nut trees, so potential declines in orchid bee populations associated with declines in orchid populations would affect Brazil nut trees.Orchids also have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, from which they draw nutrients. Some of these orchids have “leaky” roots and provide sugars to the fungi. However, other orchids are so lazy that they don’t even photosynthesize and don’t seem to offer the fungi anything. There are also ants that live inside certain orchids, but it’s not known whether these ants are specific to the plants.Banner image: Wild orchids still attached to tree branches, for sale in a street market in China. Photo courtesy Amy Hinsley. Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Ecosystems, Environmental Crime, Forests, Illegal Trade, Medicinal Plants, Orchids, Plants, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Surveillance, Technology, Trade, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Crime, Wildtech last_img read more


first_img…of the Bounty HuntersSam Spade is the iconic fictional, had-boiled detective launched in the 1930’s book The Maltese Falcon and played by Humphrey Bogart in the movie by the same name. Sam Sittlington is the retired Irish Cop who’s been brought to Guyana to tutor SOCU in enforcing the Anti-Money laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CTF) legislation. We’ll call him “Sam Sit” in the tradition of private dicks having short, snappy names!There’s historical precedence for this appointment, of course, arising from the days when we were a colony of England and slavery had just ended. What to do in case those newly freed poor souls – who’d been enslaved for centuries – decided to take matters into their own hands and seek retributive justice?  Simple…set up a Police Force like the armed one they’d formed in Ireland to keep down those benighted Irish – who’d wanted to get back at the British just as bad as the freed slaves! None of that baton-twirling Cops like the English Metropolitan Police! In Ireland, it was “punish them by any means necessary, mate!!”From then on, the Irish Police provided most of the officers to instruct the newly-formed colonial Police on how to keep down the natives. With 28 years being an Irish Cop, Sam Sit knows more than a thing or two about frontier justice. In Guyana, while his remit’s supposed to be AML/CTF related, his biggest case – which the Government insisted he dig up – was the Pradoville 2 charges of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and some other Executives of the PPP!After two previous stints in 2016 and 2017, he’s been brought back again since his promised convictions on Pradoville 2 haven’t materialised. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it??! No one, for instance, has even SUGGESTED that Jagdeo et al, has been involved in either money laundering or financing terrorism. At the very best, it might be “unjust enrichment” – but that’s a horse of a different colour. And that’s precisely why the three sets of legal whizzes who’re supposed to prosecute can’t come to an agreement to move ahead.Quizzed about the case falling apart, Sam Sit insists he has a track record that “speaks for itself” and that the evidence also “speaks for itself”. The “speaking for itself” phrase, of course, alludes to the legal term “res ipsa loquitor” – the “thing speaks for itself”. It’s clear that Sam Sit – with a PhD and all! – isn’t your run-of-the-mill private dick!!However, if his record and evidence have been “speaking”, why haven’t the SOCU fellas he trained heard anything?Even Sam Sit can’t make silk purses out of sows’ ears!!…in agricultureEveryone in Guyana owes Agriculture Minister Noel Holder an apology. We’ve been beating up on the poor fella for over a year – first for abruptly firing 1700 sugar workers at Wales last Christmas, and then, for consistency and improvement; another 4000 this Christmas. According to Noel, actually he was a good guy – a hero, even – who SAVED 5000 jobs at GuySuCo!!What happened?? According to the unsung hero, some 9000 persons should’ve been fired but like the boy who stuck his finger in the hole in the dike, he and the Government “assimilated” 5000 workers into the public service”!! Your Eyewitness isn’t going to nit-pick on the disparency in numbers – he’ll keep focused on the BIG picture. Did he miss the forest for the trees in that picture? He (humbly) wonders if the goodly Minister could advise where exactly those 5000 persons were “assimilated”.The 100 workers trained in cake making and sewing that he knows about, haven’t been hired, have they?…in whistle blowingTown Clerk Royston King just warned the City Constable who blew the whistle on his Corporal who forced a youth to perform a sexual act.Says he “defamed” the Mayor and Town Clerk. Did the Constable say these two were also involved?last_img read more

Need for better crime-fighting strategy

first_imgDear Editor,I was appalled to see the recent headlines that stated that the Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, was lobbying for more plastic and less cash transactions to stem crime. Editor, I dare say that this is one very revealing confession by our goodly Public Security Minister.He is basically throwing his hands up in the air and telling the citizens of our country not to carry so much cash, because there is nothing that can be done about the criminal elements that hound their lives on a daily basis. This is like saying to your children to stop taking lunch to school because bullies usually take away their food.I wonder if the minister ever stepped out of the comfort of his offices and observed the Guyanese people earning on their daily lives. If the majority of the population is filled with persons in Armani suits and designer outfits operating in a celebrity city, then Editor I am the first to put my foot in my mouth. But whether we choose to admit it or not, the majority of the population in Guyana are people who hustle and work hard to carry on their daily lives and the vast majority deal with cash. Did our goodly minister already co-ordinate his plan and lobby our Minister of Finance to slow down or cease the printing of bank notes? Yes. I am sounding ridiculous because it’s not right that our good alone sounds ridiculous here. And these are just my reactions before I even read the article.Sure the Police have declared that “serious” crime is down. Whatever the world that means, there are still the lesser beings who on a daily basis, face the fear and challenges of being robbed in high daylight, face the risk of being terrorised in their homes by bandits, of having their purses snatched, of being held up in a store, and the list goes on. Are these unfamiliar stories?We are now telling the labourers, the carpenters, the seamstresses, minibus operators, market vendors (I can go on like this for a long tune) to deal with plastic!!? And it can bring crime down by 35 per cent in this country?! Come on Mr Minister, you’ve got to do better than that! That’s worse than telling drivers to pull over and stop when the other drivers ignorantly turn on their LED’s at nights. Some of us lesser beings know how to read, and we are noting a very disturbing trend.The minister needs to come to grips with the economic activities in our country that provide a living for our people and review his great thoughts. It is a convincing argument that less cash and more plastics can do lots towards improving the way of doing business and increase accountability, but when one resorts to that as a medium of curbing crane, it gets worrying.Editor, I have now read the article. The good Minister has not made any mention of addressing the criminal elements. He is encouraging the victims to take evasive action by using plastics and quoting some statistics in bringing across his conviction. The Minister went on to accuse the Opposition Leader of giving confidence to criminals in an adjacent article in the newspapers.In that self-indicting article, there are a number of issues that the minister himself ought to address being part of the government.Tell us, other than the words “the green economy” what is being done to address those issues, including providing employment opportunities for our youths and strengthening the Police Force. You were voted in there to deal with those issues, and take the country forward.The Opposition are supposed to be garrulous as the minister would know from experience. The Opposition Leader’s utterances do represent the man in the street view, and they make up the majority of the populace.In concluding, I am convinced that the minister’s confession of his inability and incompetence to address the criminal elements certainly lifted about 35 per cent of the weight off his chest, coincidentally, with the anticipated drop in crime level that he so convincingly touts if we were to go plastic. Might I suggest that an actual practical plan to deal with the criminals themselves might go a long way to discharging his duties and perhaps give him added relief.Sincerely,Khemraj Goberdhanlast_img read more

Van Gaal to retire when United reign ends

first_imgThe 63-year-old former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Netherlands coach is enjoying his spell at United, but is keen to end his illustrious managerial career once his tenure is over as he wants to spend time with his wife Truus in their holiday home on the Algarve.“I am old. This is my last job. For sure,” van Gaal said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.“I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it.“Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it.“My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago!“I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food.”United have played some unimaginative football at times this season but they hammered Tottenham 3-0 last weekend to strengthen their hold on fourth place in the Premier League.Although he has managed European giants like Barcelona and Bayern during his career, he regards United as the biggest club on the planet.“We were in the USA (in pre-season) and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks – 300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in the world,” he said.“Bigger than Real Madrid? Yes. In terms of global appeal, not history.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, March 20- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Thursday that he plans to retire when his reign at Old Trafford comes to an end.Van Gaal is under contract with United until 2017 and he will walk away from the sport for good either when that deal expires or at the end of any extension.last_img read more

Superstar Messi becomes a dad again

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi has become a father for the second time (AFP Photo/Scott Halleran)BUENOS, September 11 – Argentine football star Lionel Messi has added two-time dad to his long list of honors, after his girlfriend gave birth to a son, relatives announced.Mateo Messi was born Friday in Barcelona, the athlete’s brother wrote on Twitter. “Mateo has just been born, he is beautiful,” Matias Messi wrote.“We’re savoring this moment of happiness.”Messi, 28, and longtime companion Antonella Roccuzzo are already parents to a toddler son, Thiago, who turns three later this year.Considered among his sport’s most prodigious talents, Messi last month was voted UEFA’s best player in Europe for 2014-2015.The Argentina star — who won the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and Spanish Cup with Barcelona — claimed the award for the second time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Family files death claims over field lab

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The family of a 49-year-old man who died of lymphoma in November after living next to the Santa Susana Field Lab for three decades has filed legal claims against Los Angeles County and other government agencies. The family of Glenn Carey suspects that he died from exposure to chemical and radiological contamination that moved off the hilltop lab. Carey lived in Dayton Canyon, just east of the facility. In May, the family filed claims saying government agencies — including Los Angeles and Ventura counties — didn’t warn Carey of potential contamination and hazards he faced while living near the lab. “Glenn drank the well water, worked the land full of toxic dust and fallout, and breathed the night air while sleeping as the owners at the Santa Susana Field Lab burned nearly 200 different varieties of toxic/nuclear wastes,” the family wrote in its claims. “Thousands of daytime rocket and missile-engine tests were likewise conducted, spewing noxious fumes throughout the canyon where he lived.” The claims also say an autopsy confirmed his death could have been caused by exposure to radiation. However, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office officials said Carey’s cause of death has not been determined, pending more tests. Glenn’s mother, Jeanne Carey, is seeking $500,000. His older son, Nicholas, and the guardian for his minor son filed claims seeking a total of $6 million. The claims were filed in mid-May — six months after Carey’s death from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — to meet a statute of limitations. Ventura County officials rejected the claims. L.A. County officials are reviewing them. The family’s attorney, Joe Barrett, said he also filed claims against the California Department of Health Services and Department of Toxic Substances Control, but those agencies said they have not received the claims. He did not file a claim against the federal Department of Energy. The federal government conducted nuclear research at the lab for four decades and is still cleaning up the site. Barrett said he is still in the investigatory stage and doesn’t know for certain whether the family will sue. “If there was radiation and chemical exposure, he would have been very close to the zone of danger,” he said. “There is certainly enough information to be concerned.” Last year Boeing, which owns the lab, reached a $30 million settlement to end a lawsuit brought by some 100 neighbors who said the lab made them ill. Boeing officials said they had not received the claims and did not want to comment.— Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Reports – No chance ‘next Franck Ribery’ will join Newcastle this summer

first_img1 Newcastle target Florian Thauvin Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin has no intention of joining Newcastle this summer, according to reports.The attacking midfielder, 22, was linked with the Toon last month but the French giants rebuffed an approach from Steve McLaren’s men.And now, it has been revealed by French news outlet Maxifoot that the former France under-21 international wants to snub Newcastle again as the Premier League side prepare another bid for his signature.Sources close to Thauvin have disclosed he wants to prove himself in Ligue 1 and live up to the ‘next Franck Ribery’ tag which has been planted on his shoulders.Newcastle are expected to make one more offer to land the one-time Bastia and Lille winger but Thauvin is likely to stay at the Stade Velodrome until at least the end of his contract in 2018.last_img read more

Lakers: Captain comeback

first_img After struggling to watch the Lakers lose two games to Utah without him, even flipping over to “Superman” on another channel, Bryant kept every eye glued on him in his return at Staples Center. The superstar guard, sharing the stage with Allen Iverson, made a statement in finishing with 48 points – 42 through three quarters – and hitting all seven 3-pointers he took as the Lakers rolled to a 119-93 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers. As if there was any question, Kobe Bryant answered it with every 3-pointer he connected on Friday night in his return from a two-game suspension. The Lakers likely never would have found themselves mired in a five-game losing streak, matching the longest of Phil Jackson’s coaching career, had Bryant never delivered that elbow to Memphis guard Mike Miller’s chin last week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “He definitely had something to prove,” guard Smush Parker said of Bryant. “A five-game losing streak. The last two games the offense looked out of sync. He just wanted to let everybody know he’s back and the Lakers are back.” Parker finished with a career-high 24 points and combined with Bryant to go 12 of 12 from the 3-point arc, something Jackson said he’d never seen. Bryant’s seven 3-pointers set a franchise record for the most in a game without a miss. But Bryant eclipsed it all, rivaling at times his 62-point show from last month against Dallas. He scored the Lakers’ last 14 points of the third quarter and finished with his eighth 40-point game of the season. Bryant closed the quarter by sizing up second-year guard Andre Iguodala and drawing contact as he drilled a jumper. He also buried two 3-pointers as the crowd roared and the Lakers went in front 94-75. “At the end there it started getting similar,” Bryant said, “when I started kind of revving it up and getting basket after basket.” center_img Bryant checked back in with the Lakers leading by 19 points in the fourth quarter and promptly hit another two 3-pointers before departing for good. Bryant is averaging an astounding 39 points in 15 home games this season. “I just know that everything he put up was going in,” Parker said. “It was just that kind of night for us, the whole team.” Jackson was asked how to reconcile that Bryant’s two biggest scoring nights have resulted in the Lakers’ two biggest wins this season. The Lakers beat Dallas by 22 on the night Bryant scored 62 and blasted Philadelphia by 26 on Friday. “Those two were really by and large great exhibitions of play,” Jackson said. “We just want that to continue. If we can ride this for a while, great.” Bryant, meanwhile, said he knew Jackson never had coached a team that suffered a six-game losing streak in 15 NBA seasons. “I didn’t want this to be the team that lost six in a row,” Bryant said. “He’s too good of a coach for that.” The Lakers (16-16) shot 58.5 percent overall and better from the 3-point arc than the foul line. Iverson finished with 31 points and Bryant redeemed himself after going a season-worst 7 of 27 against the Sixers in Philadelphia. Parker, meanwhile, had the best quarter this season by any player not named Bryant. He pumped in 15 points in the first quarter, hitting three 3-pointers and six of seven shots in all, and delivered two highlight plays. With 4:12 left in the quarter, Parker got a hand on Kyle Korver’s inbounds pass in the backcourt and wound up with the steal. He spotted Lamar Odom and lobbed an alley-oop only to get the ball back for a dunk as Odom threw a touch pass. Parker also sneaked behind the Sixers for a dunk with 0.7 seconds left in the first quarter. The Lakers led 37-22 after their highest-scoring first quarter this season and made Iverson pay for his roaming on defense. “That’s what pretty much happens,” Parker said. “I score quickly, and then it’s No. 8’s time.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 TREY BIEN The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant returned from a two-game suspension and made all seven 3-pointers he took on Friday, a franchise record for most 3-pointers without a miss, and the Lakers made a season-high 13 3 pointers as a team. Bryant scored 42 points through the first three quarters and wound up with 48. HELPING HAND Bryant didn’t do it all by himself, as teammate Smush Parker connected on five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a career-high 24 points. FIVE IS ENOUGH The Lakers’ victory kept coach Phil Jackson from suffering his first six-game losing streak in 15 seasons as an NBA coach. Numbers game 29.7 Bryant’s percentage from 3-point range before Friday’s game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WATCH: Egypt fan’s celebration of Salah’s goal that sent Pharaohs to World Cup

first_img1 So my dads soccer team won and this was the result…. 😭😭😭— صوفيا (@sdeezy_) October 8, 2017 Mohamed Salah scored an injury-time penalty against Congo to secure Egypt’s place at the 2018 World Cup.Russia 2018 is the first World Cup Egypt have qualified for in 28 years, having last made an appearance at football’s biggest competition in 1990.Understandably, there were massive celebrations throughout Egypt, and one fan has become a viral hit due to a video posted on Twitter by his daughter.You can check out the video of this Egypt fan’s emotional celebration below…center_img Watch the celebration video below… last_img read more