Wildlife decimated by the surge in conflicts in the Sahara and the Sahel

first_imgAn escalation in the number of conflicts across the Sahara and the Sahel in Africa is driving down numbers of the region’s wildlife, a new study finds.The authors found that the number of conflicts in the region has risen by 565 percent since 2011.At the same time, 12 species of vertebrate have either gone extinct or are much closer to extinction as a result of conflicts in the region. The surge in armed conflicts across the Sahara Desert and the band of dry savanna to its south called the Sahel is devastating the region’s wildlife, according to recent findings published in the journal Conservation Letters.“As if the harsh, arid landscape isn’t enough, the growth of armed conflict in the Sahara-Sahel region is yet another serious threat that wildlife in this critical region now have to contend with,” biologist Sarah Durant of the Zoological Society of London, an author of the study, said in a statement.The rise of groups like Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, and Boko Haram over the past few years have destabilized Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Mali. These are some of the least-developed countries on Earth, and they’re adjacent to countries like Libya where power vacuums have recently emerged, contributing to the problem. Across the Sahel and Sahara, the number of conflicts has swelled by 565 percent since 2011, the authors report. That means one in five conflicts on the African continent is taking place in this region, and its disputes account for 5 percent of the global total.The carcasses of gazelles killed in the Sahara. Image courtesy of the University of Granada.Research published in the journal Nature in early 2018 found that, in general, wildlife numbers decline across the continent as the number of conflicts rises. In this case, the study’s authors wanted to understand what the rapid uptick in violence would mean for this region’s unique and threatened wildlife populations.“Areas where fauna is seriously endangered due to the rise in conflicts need to be identified, and effective policies need to be implemented in order to reduce the impact of these conflicts on biodiversity,” ecologist José Carlos Brito said in a statement from the University of Granada. Brito is the paper’s lead author, and he works at the University of Porto in Portugal, one of 20 institutions involved in the project.The team compiled data on the locations of battles, explosions and attacks throughout the region, as well as the paths used by smugglers and people migrating through the Sahara and Sahel. They then compared that information with the results of surveys of 10 species of vertebrates that live in the region. They zeroed in on three species: the addax, or white antelope (Addax nasomaculatus); the dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas); and the African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana).Gazelles in Chad. Image courtesy of the University of Granada.The addax, an antelope that lives primarily in northern Niger, is down to “critically low numbers” in connection with rising conflict and oil exploration in the region over the past 20 years. Shortly after the fall of the Moammar Gadhafi regime in Libya in 2011, illegal hunters began killing more dorcas gazelles in the predominantly desert country. And the poaching of Mali’s elephants spiked in 2015 in the wake of several years of violence and failed peace processes there.The scientists figure that 12 of the 14 species of large animal that live in this area have either gone extinct or are perilously close to it because of the region’s conflicts.The team recommends conservation measures should be included in peace deals, along with penalties for groups and governments that don’t abide by them, to address these issues. They also suggest that curbing the number of weapons that flow into the region could help reduce the loss of wildlife in the Sahel and the Sahara.“There’s a vicious circle connecting arms trafficking, conflicts, migration and the extinction of animal species,” the authors said in the statement from the University of Granada.An addax mother and calf. Image in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons.Recognizing this cycle, as well as the role that a balance of conservation and economic development must play, should be part of the long-term strategy to tackle this problem, the researchers argue.And there’s little time to spare: “Such steps need to be taken now, before the unique and iconic biodiversity of the world’s largest desert is lost,” they write in the paper.Banner image of gazelles in Chad courtesy of the University of Granada.CitationsDaskin, J. H., & Pringle, R. M. (2018). Warfare and wildlife declines in Africa’s protected areas. Nature.Brito, J. C., Durant, S. M., Pettorelli, N., Newby, J., Canney, S., Algadafi, W., … & de Smet, K. (2018). Armed conflicts and wildlife decline: Challenges and recommendations for effective conservation policy in the Sahara‐Sahel. Conservation Letters, e12446. Article published by John Cannon Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conflict, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deserts, Development, Ecology, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Human Migration, Hunting, Mammals, Over-hunting, Poaching, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Binnie wins historic silver at Pan Am Squash Champs

first_imgJamaican squash star Chris Binnie capped off a history-making run at the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships with a silver medal in the men’s singles competition on Wednesday night. The Jamaican and Caribbean number one fought hard but went down 7-11, 8-11, 5-11 to the top seed, Diego, Elias of Peru, in front of a packed house at the South Sound Squash Club in the Cayman Islands. However, with the second-place finish, Binnie continued his rewrite of the record books by becoming the first Jamaican to make the finals at the prestigious tournament. His journey to the silver medal was marked by upsets as he created a stir when he dispatched the defending champion, Robertino Pezzota of Argentina, 11-3, 11-4, 6-11, 11-2 in the quarter-finals. The eight-time national and regional champion also stormed back from 0-2 down to beat the higher-ranked Chris Hanson of the United States – 3-12, 5-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-8 – in the semi-finals. “It has been an amazing tournament all around, and I appreciate the support I have been getting from everyone at home in Jamaica and the Caribbean squash fraternity, who have been in my corner for all the crucial matches,” Binnie said. “All the hard work I’ve been putting in is definitely paying off, and I’ve been able to compete with some of the best players in the world because I’ve played my best squash when it’s mattered the most,” he added. Next up is the Team Competition, which started yesterday and will end tomorrow. Binnie will be joined by top senior national players Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes, and Julian Morrison as Jamaica tries to qualify for a spot in the 2019 Pan Am Games, scheduled for next July in Lima, Peru.last_img read more

Hubris squared…

first_img…from TrotmanFollowing the Budget presentation by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, your Eyewitness assumed the Government would deploy its big guns into a damage control mode. That’s what governments in democracies do when the masses get restive at their actions, nuh? At least that’s what most of them do after Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette literally lost their heads back in the (pre-democratic) day!Well, it looks like someone either lost the plot in Guyana or intends to reinstall an absolute monarchy here! (Remember Burnham?) And that “someone’s” no other than Rafael Trotman who’d vowed when he joined the PNC under Desmond Hoyte to, “oppose, expose and depose” the PPP. And more recently revealed he made a pact in the Bahamas with David Granger before the last elections to do the same. It wasn’t made clear as to whether he’d informed his erstwhile AFC comrades of his last move.Anyhow, here it was Trotman speaking to the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) who’d spoken out vehemently about a number of measures in Jordan’s budget that would affect them negatively. And Trotman had the temerity to ask them, “What are we going to do? Complain about VAT on water and electricity and do nothing, or complain and get busy?” That’s right…businessmen exercise their constitutionally protected right to comment on the Government’s budget and they’re accused of “complaining”!!That is, they were basically ‘griping’, “kvetching”, “bitching” and “moaning” uselessly!!! So citizens raising concerns about governmental actions, they’re just wasting their time and they should get on with following what are obviously the latter’s “edicts”. In fact they should consider themselves lucky they had something to complain about!! Trotman shared this perspective via what he claimed to be an old Indian proverb: “I have no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet”.So what Trotman’s saying to the business class – who’re supposed to be stoking the ‘engine of growth’ for the country – is “you better consider yourself lucky you’re not Haiti”!! Gotta be Haiti since they’re the only country worse off than us – in this hemisphere. If he was thinking of a wider field, maybe he meant the Congo? Just think of this hubris…especially when he and his Government should thank Jagdeo for bailing us out.But hold it!! Could it be that Trotman made his pact with Pezzie in Nassau because he just wanted to fight for us “from within”?? By telling the businesspeople not to complain but to “get busy”, was he repeating his exhortation to the Lindeners back in 2012 when the PPP wanted to charge a (small) fee for electricity?Storm the barricades of parliament, GCCI?!!!?…on not giving a damnNow, dear reader, there’s gotta be a reason why this PNC-led Government’s so arrogant. It’s not like their first stint at the wheel when the US backstopped their rigging, is it? Then, it just didn’t matter what the people thought – much less the Opposition.Is the hubris there because when the Budget Debate starts tomorrow, they know their one-seat majority will allow them to do whatever they want, regardless of how much the PPP screams? That might be – but don’t they fear their constituency, currently being battered by their budget, mightn’t be there for them in 2020? Not that your Eyewitness thinks they’ll vote PPP – but maybe they’ll stay home?Some say it’s déjà vu all over again. The US again have some skin in the game with the Exxon play. So their visa policy kinda makes our elections “outcome determinative”.Especially when Exxon’s CEO’s being considered as a possible Secretary of State!!…and (not so) wild about HarryEducation Minister Rupert Roopnaraine, who learnt to speak “posh” up at Cambridge, suffered a “syncope” and had to be rushed to GHPC. This, the dictionary informs us, is “a loss of a sound from within a word”.He said, “Oh Lawd” when he met Prince Harry and fainted from embarrassment.last_img read more

SEA Games: Philippines to face Vietnam in women’s football semis

first_imgMatching the Malditas’ victory over Malaysia, Myanmar also scored a 5-0 last Monday night which meant both teams had the same goal differential and goals scored.Myanmar, however, had two less yellow cards than the Philippines, which has three so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Thailand, the second-ranked team from Group B, will take on Myanmar in the other semifinal duel on Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) SEA Games: Philippines teams flex their might in softball opener Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist BIÑAN – The Philippines will face defending champion Vietnam in its first semifinal appearance in the women’s football competition of the Southeast Asian Games.The Malditas drew the Vietnamese in the crossover matchup in the Last Four on Thursday at Biñan Football Stadium after Myanmar topped Group A after edging the Philippines in the tiebreak.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Kayange undergoes ankle surgery

first_imgHis absence will be a major blow for Kenya, who are bidding to finish among the the top four nations in the new season which gets underway at Gold Coast in Australia in October.The competition will act as an Olympic qualifier with the top four teams earning automatic qualification to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, where rugby sevens makes its debut.Kenya finished seventh in the rankings last season under their new coach Paul Treu from South Africa and lost to Wales in the Commonwealth Games plate semi-final in Glasgow.The team has already started training for the new season and will test several newly-capped players in this month’s national Safaricom sevens tournament in Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, September 3- Kenyan rugby star Humphrey Kayange will miss the opening three rounds of this season’s IRB World Sevens series after undergoing ankle surgery in South Africa.The former Kenyan captain suffered the injury during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month against New Zealand and will not be available for selection until February next year.last_img read more

Job recruitment sessions being held in Fort St. John

first_imgAn Employer Information Session is available to anyone looking to meet with any of the above representatives. The Information Session will be taking place at Fort St. John’s North Peace Cultural Centre Thursday, January 17, from 1-3 p.m.Private meetings are also available with the representatives, and if interested in setting one up, contact the individuals below:Susie Furman (Job Match): 250-329-7532 or Susie@bccassn.com – Advertisement -Melissa Jackson (STEP): 250-613-3755 or Melissa@bccassn.com Matthew Stevenson (FSW): 1-604-754-2762 or Matthew@bccassn.com There is no fee involved in using STEP or Job Match, which are both effective ways in managing ones recruitment needs, whether currently hiring, or looking to expand your staff in the near future.Advertisementlast_img

Olago slapped with 30-week ban for assault on referee

first_img0Shares0000KCB coach Curtis Olago gestures during the 2017 Enterprise Cup final. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – KCB’s multiple title winning Head Coach Curtis Olago has been handed a 30 week ban with effect from June 6 following the completion of a judicial process that found him guilty of attacking match official and Kenya Rugby Referee Society Chairman Karimi Mwangi in 2016. The process, led by Judicial Officer Willy Ombisi, reads in part, “pursuant to R20.10.1(c), the Person is suspended from all Rugby activity for a period of 30 weeks, effective from the date of this decision (6 June, 2017). Meanwhile, Resolution Kisii’s Abel Mong’eni was handed a 34 week ban backdated to April 18th. Mong’eni was found guilty of attacking referee David Ng’etich at the close of the side’s KRU Championship 6-3 semifinal win over USIU on 8 April.The verdict, passed by Judicial Officer Bernard Itebete reads in part, ““The JC finds the defendant guilty and suspends the player for 34 weeks effective from 18th April 2017.Under World Rugby regulation 17.19.10(c), the sanction was extended from 24 to 34 weeks to take into account the off-season period when there are no matches where the defendant is scheduled to play.”Lastly, Thika RFC have been banned from using their home venue for 12 weeks following an incident in which a match official was attacked during a KRU Championship match in March.The ban was enforced following the team’s failure to uphold the spirit of the Laws of the Game (in breach of clause 1.2 of the Code of Conduct), promote the reputation of the Game and prevent it from coming into disrepute (in breach of clause 1.9 of the Code of Conduct) by not taking action about the incident on the alleged perpetrators and adversely affected the Game of Rugby (in breach of clause 1.14 of the Code of Conduct).-Courtesy KRU-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I did nothing wrong! England boss Hodgson remains bullish over handling of Sterling saga

first_img1 England manager Roy Hodgson still believes he handled the recent Raheem Sterling saga in the right way.Hodgson sparked a media storm by revealing the Liverpool teenager had complained of tiredness on the eve of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Estonia.Sterling subsequently saw his commitment to his country questioned, while Hodgson was accused of betraying the player’s trust.But the Three Lions boss, who has named the 19-year-old in his squad for the upcoming games against Slovenia and Scotland, maintains the whole episode was blown out of proportion, and he insists his relationship with Sterling has not been damaged in any way.“I’m disappointed for him and he knows that but our relationship’s a very good one,” Hodgson said.“If you say there’s things to learn, we will probably both learn from them, although I don’t really understand how it’s a clear mistake to tell the truth when you’re asked questions about why you’ve not chosen a player.“He did nothing wrong and I’ve got to be honest I don’t think I did anything wrong either. I’ve great respect for Raheem Sterling. I agree with Steven Gerrard – I think he’s going to do wonderful things for England in the future.”Hodgson also maintains there are no issues with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers over whether Daniel Sturridge would have been fit enough for international duty.The Reds striker has become an important part of the senior squad, but has been hampered by injuries this season, the latest being a calf problem.He has not played since he strained a thigh muscle just before England’s clash with Switzerland in September.Hodgson left a message for Rodgers about Sturridge’s fitness ahead of naming his squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly in Scotland.The England manager was not concerned there had been no direct reply from the Reds boss, whose side tackle Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.Asking about the prospect of calling up Sturridge, Hodgson said on Thursday: “That was never a realistic possibility. He is still recovering from the calf injury he picked up.“It is unfortunate. We were hoping, of course, to get him back, but it hasn’t worked out. Our medical staff have had contact.“I have left a message for Brendan. The message was that it is pretty obvious that Daniel is not fit, and Brendan’s not rung back to counter that he actually is.”Hodgson stressed nothing untoward should be read into the lines of communication between national team manager and club boss.“I left a message for him only last night. Basically it was to tell him that I understood Daniel Sturridge was not fit and there was no need to call me back,” Hodgson added.“It was just to let him know I understood Daniel Sturridge was not fit for these games, so in any questions I was going to get today then the answers I was going to give he would understand them and be happy with, hopefully.” England boss Roy Hodgson last_img read more

Everton ace expected to miss rest of the season

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez expects midfielder Darron Gibson to miss the remainder of the season.The midfielder broke a metatarsal bone in his foot on Friday, ruling him out of his side’s 1-0 win over Southampton at the weekend.He does not require an operation to repair the injury, but Martinez says it’s unlikely he will return this term.“With Darron Gibson we had fantastic news from the specialist because the fracture he has doesn’t need surgery,” manager Roberto Martinez said.“Hopefully, he will be back sooner rather than later. I think it will be difficult for Darron to play again this season, but it is something we aren’t certain over.” Darron Gibson 1last_img

Bryant scores, as do Blazers

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – There won’t be much mention of Kobe Bryant and his string of 45-point games this morning. Not after the way the Lakers played defense Wednesday night against the Western Conference’s worst team. The Lakers fell on their faces in a 113-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, their three-game winning streak coming to an end as they surrendered more points than any team this season to the lowly Blazers. It was anything but the kind of night to invoke the name of Wilt Chamberlain. Portland came in having lost six games in a row, with coach Nate McMillan accusing his team of quitting in a 118-89 loss to Miami on Sunday. “You play your worst defensive game of the year, you get beat,” forward Lamar Odom said. “You shouldn’t be surprised if you watched college basketball the last four or five years,” Odom said of Dixon and Blake, former Maryland teammates. “You know what those guys can do.” Bryant struggled to fight through the picks necessary to stay with Dixon. The two Portland guards combined to score 27 points more than their season average, with Jackson summing up the Lakers’ defense as a lack of respect. The only move that worked all night was moving Bryant from the wing to his old position in the backcourt to start the second quarter. Having the ball in his hands seemed to trigger Bryant, who totaled 17 of the Lakers’ 34 points in the quarter. But Bryant couldn’t lift the Lakers when he had to in the fourth quarter, missing eight of 11 shots. The Lakers trailed by as many as 11 points in the quarter and had only scattered chances to make it a close game down the stretch. They had a chance to cut the Blazers’ lead to five with eight minutes left but Bryant dipped his shoulder into Jarrett Jack on a drive and was called for a charge. The Lakers played Bryant 44 minutes on a night they hoped to get him some rest. “We got in a situation tonight where I think Kobe’s waiting for his hand to get hot and it never happened,” Jackson said. “He never got consistently hot. We tried to force the ball into him in situations that we shouldn’t have and it cost us as a team because we didn’t get other people involved as a result of trying to run too much for him. “As a result, I think that we were standing flatfooted at the other end of the floor defensively. And it’s the defense that wins.” The Lakers also learned two lessons as they left Portland on a rainy night, the first about putting defense first, the second about never overlooking an opponent. “We’ve got to make every game a defensive game,” Odom said, “and we didn’t do that.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We didn’t come out with the intent to play defense tonight and we were disappointed as a team,” coach Phil Jackson said. “I can’t even tell you what happened out there tonight,” guard Smush Parker said. There wasn’t much to say. The Blazers entered Wednesday averaging a league-low 87 points per game, a total they eclipsed by the end of the third quarter. The Lakers were just the second team all season to give up 100 points to Portland. After totaling 45 points or more in his four previous games, the first player to do so since Chamberlain, Bryant finished with 41, almost as a footnote to the night. It was his 11th 40-point game of the season but came as he hit only 3 of 13 3-pointers. Instead of Bryant, Wednesday’s game belonged to Portland guards Juan Dixon and Steve Blake, neither of whom the Lakers appeared to pay much mind. Dixon finished with 27 points and Blake added 19 to lead five Blazers in double figures. last_img read more