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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society
SNAPPY. A street child from Surigao greets Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Ronald Dela Rosa with a snappy salute which the police officer gladly acknowledged at the Davao City Police Office compound on Monday. Lean Daval Jr.
‘Our case is stronger’ CAAP findings out on Cebu Pacific mishap: Pilot error By NEILWIN JOSEPH L. BRAVO email@example.com
YOUNG VIOLATOR. This boy attempts to cross the island over the steel barriers without regard if law enforcers catch him yesterday afternoon along Quirino Street, Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.
Flight 5J971 victims’ lawyer says pilot error is airline’s liability
HE findings of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) pointing to pilot error on the part of Cebu Pacific have bolstered the case of Flight 5J971 Class Victims Association, according to the group’s counsel.
Atty. Robert de Leon, counsel for the complainant association, told Edge Davao in a telephone interview late yesterday that the results of the investigation released by CAAP finding Cebu Pacific pilot Captain Antonio Roehl Oropesa and First Officer Edwin
Perello liable for non-compliance with a number of Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations as “a welcome development to our case.” “This is a positive development,” De Leon said explaining that the findings of pilot error
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DCPO warns of extortion copycats
Army captures Moro camp Adios, Nadal
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Vs coal-powered plants
Environmentalists may file court suits
HOME BELOW THE FLYOVER. A mother watches over her son who takes a nap under the Buhangin flyover which serves as their temporary shelter yesterday morning. Lean Daval Jr.
NVIRONMENTALISTS are capable of taking the next level of their advocacy against the establishment of coal-powered electric plants by way of going to court against power companies in Davao and elsewhere in Mindanao. This was bared by Dr. Jean Lindo, a Davao Citybased physician who has figured in many fights on environmental issues, including the advocacy to proclaim the Matina Shrine Hills off-limits from development of subdivisions and other commercial purposes. The proclamation of the hills as “urban ecological enhancement sub-zone”
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is stipulated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) approved this week by the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Dabaw. Dr. Lindo announced the possibility in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM Annex, Ecoland in connection with the celebration of the End the Age of Coal Global Day of Action on June 29. Lindo said that last March the Department of Energy (DOE) approved 38 coal exploration projects out of the 69 that applied for it, most of the projects being in Southern Mindanao. Lindo said the people in the region should be FENVIRONMENTALISTS, 10
Judge us by our performance--dad By EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ
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he Davao City Police Office is calling for full cooperation among business firms after noting that of extortion normally done by lawless elements belonging to the NPA is being imitated by some criminal elements, not necessarily communist rebels. DCPO chief Ronald dela Rosa told Edge Davao that he encourages business firms to communicate with police personnel to protect their businesses from ex-
tortionists. “This has been the concern of the business community, construction firms,” he said. Recently, two units of heavy equipment owned by Vicente Lao Construction were burned in Purok 1-B, Mulig, Toril in what police believe say was a case of extortion. The burned equipment included new steam-roller and a road grader. “Some organized crime
LTO: 733 violators in 16 days
HE Land Transportations Office (LTO) campaign dubbed Ligtas Biyahe: Balik Eskwela 2013 program arrested 733 traffic violators in Davao City from June 3 to June 19, 2013. Ramon Zartiga Jr., officer in-charge of the LTO Enforcement Division, told Edge Davao that LTO enforcers were deployed in different schools in the city from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on school days to apprehend violators during the implementation of the program. “Our arresting groups were active during the Ligtas-Biyahe operations, seizing ‘colorum’ vehicles used as car pools as well as overloaded motorcycles,” he said. Among the common violations are failure to wear crash helmets of both the driver and back
rider of motorcycles, overloading of passengers, failure to yield on pedestrian lanes or crosswalks, obstruction, no side mirrors, delinquent registrations, unlicensed drivers, installation of stereos in public jeepneys, especially in the Toril-downtown route and defective headlights, signal lights, tail lights and plate lights. “Even if the Ligtas Biyahe operation is over, we still conduct regular operations all throughout region 11,” he said, adding that violators can pay their violation penalties at the new LTO temporary office near the van terminal of SM Davao which solely caters to all violators apprehended by the agency. “We will no longer accommodate payment by violators at the main office,” he said. CMP
groups are replicating the NPA’s modus-operandi that causes more trouble to the construction businesses,” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa warned extortionists to stop victimizing business firms in the city if they don’t want to end up like the Philippine-Japan Active Carbon (PJAC) robbery/extortion group. Members of the PJAC extortion group were killed in a shootout with intelli-
gence division officers of the DCPO along Diversion Road, Barangay Panacan last June 13 after extorting P500, 000 from a certain businessman in Bangay Ilang, this city. One of the suspects was army reservist Private First Class Gerandy Cabardo who carried a licensed firearm while the other was identified as Tanny Tan Jr., an employee of the PJAC based in Malagamot, Panacan.
HETHER we deserve to be congratulated or condemned is up to the people to judge.” This was the statement of councilor Melchor Quitaon, who presided over the farewell session of the 16th city council Monday afternoon. Plaques of appreciation and distinction were given to nine outgoing members of the 16th city council, some of whom were reelected and will serve in the 17th city council. Those who received plaques of distinction were Conrado C. Baluran,
Dante L. Apostol Sr., Pilar C. Braga, Arnolfo Ricardo B. Cabling, and Jose Louie P. Villafuerte. Plaques of appreciation were given to Emmanuel D. Galicia Sr. and Jackson V. Reyes, as well as mayor-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, and Paolo Z. Duterte, who were not present. Quitain said in his closing remarks, “whether or not we have lived up to the expectations of the people, whether or not we came up with quality legislations, whether or not the ordinances we enacted appropriately address
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TECH-SAVVY. A buko juice vendor answers a call on his mobile phone as he navigates through traffic along the busy stretch along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.
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Rellon opts for church oath-taking
AGUM City’s Mayor-Elect Allan Rellon had already given his final instructions on his inauguration and oath-taking rite on June 28, 2013 at Christ the King Cathedral. It was disclosed earlier that Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz in a concelebrated mass with other priests will officiate the pontifical mass at 8 o’clock in the morning as a form of solidarity prayer for all incoming officials of Tagum City for the term 2013-2016. Asked why the
Oath-taking has to be held in the Church for the first time, “Mayor-elect Rellon started his exodus in the Church when he joined the Walk-forPeace as his advocacy, so he wished to have the Church’s blessings again so he could serve well the city,” said incoming City Administrator Giovanni Rellon. Joining Mayor Rellon is Vice Mayor Geterito Gementiza and the Members of the 6th City Council; Councilors Francisco Remitar, Alan Zulueta, Nicandro Suaybaguio Jr.,
Oscar Bermudez, Eva Lorraine Estabillo, Macario Bermudez II, Tristan Royce Aala, Agripino Coquilla Jr., Samuel Angoy, and Fernand Bordios. Tagum City Executive Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan of RTC Branch 9 will be the administering officer of the oath-taking with a short ceremony thereafter on the turnover of Key of Responsibility from Mayor Uy as a symbolic sign of smooth transition on Tagum’s governance. With confirmation from high ranking offi-
cials and people from all walks of life, thousands of spectators are expected to witness the historical ceremony. “Everything is all set and we are now ready to deploy our security and traffic enforcers for the momentous event,” said Jalmaida Jamiri, a legislative staff in-charge of the program. By showing off the unity of the people of Tagum, the ceremony will end with a community singing of ‘Tagum Mabuhay Ka’ Hymn. [CIO Tagum]
OATH-TAKING. Mayor Allan L. Rellon took his oath into office during his last term as City Vice Mayor of Tagum in 2010. [File Photo]
Island Garden City of Samal
200 new dengue Fishing community gains cases monitored new hope from Puka shells A
bout 200 new dengue cases were monitored in North Cotabato’s 17 towns and Kidapawan City since May 31, which brought to 1,360 the total number cases to date. Eight have died due to this viral disease. The latest fatality was a seven year old child in Barangay Sudapen, Kidapawan City who died June 7. Kidapawan City remained with the highest number of dengue cases with 290 followed by the towns of Mlang (241), Kabacan (174), Midsayap (171), Alamada (80) Matalam (72), Carmen and Makilala with 66 cases each. About 50 percent of the monitored dengue cases were known as “common type of dengue” and most of the victims were children aged 10 years old and below, according to Dr. Duvia Tabugo, IPHO-North Cotabato said. June is Dengue Prevention Month with the theme “Stop, Look, Listen. Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, Pagtibayin! Sugpuin ang Dengue, Mag 4 o’clock Habit.” Dengue is a tropical disease caused by one of the species of mosquitoes, principally Aedes aegypti. It is believed that the incidence rises during rainy seasons, however, there are still cases of the
disease during summer. The Center for Health and Development-12 (CHD-12) said the following are symptoms that appear after four to six days of infection or mosquito bite: fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, skin rash which appears 3-4 days after the onset of fever, and mild bleeding. The latter is said to be fatal if not given appropriate action. Jenny Ventura, speaking for CHD-12, said children who have the symptoms must be immediately brought to the hospital to prevent complications. In Region 12, 3,518 dengue cases were reported from January 1 to date which is 150 percent higher as compared to previous year. Region 12, also known as SOCCKSSARGEN, is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, (North) Cotabato province, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Koronadal, Kidapawan, Tacurong and Gen. Santos. CHD-12 reported that 21 persons have died due to dengue with Gen. Santos City having seven deaths, seven in North Cotabato (excluding the one who died last Monday), South Cotabato (three), Sarangani (two) and Sultan Kudarat (two). [PNA]
fishing community in the Island Garden City of Samal has found hope not just by looking up to the heavens but also at the sediments beneath their feet. The Linusutan Association of Community Achievers for Development (Lacad) in Barangay Linusutan, Talicud Island is already getting inquries for consignments for bracelets, necklace and earrings from four resorts in the island. “They were asking for 100 pieces of our fashion jewelry line but right now we are not confident that we can meet the orders,”
Rodel S. Mohamad, 32, president of Lacad, said. Ugmad Komunidad The association was founded in May 2012 in answer to the call of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo R. del Rosario for village residents to band together and identify a project that will be assisted under the local government’s Ugmad Komunidad Program in terms of financing, technical training and market linkage. “We proposed the fashion jewelry using puka shells because the abundant raw materials in our area. The village has almost two kilometers of shore-
line,” he said. The provincial government tapped a trainor to teach Lacad members the basics of creating bracelets, necklaces and sets of earrings. Since then, their creations have evolved into different designs incorporating other materials like glass beads and pieces of dried driftwood. In the second week of June, association members again underwent training from the Department of Trade and Industry for more intricate designs as well as dyeing the puka shells to create multi-colored fashion accessories.
An average worker can finish an accessory from 15-20 minutes but he said the production can be accelerated if they have mechanized equipment, particularly an electric hand drill to bore a hole into the shell as well as electric grinder to reduce the thickness of the skeleton. Presently, the group is receiving steady orders from the provincial government to be displayed in the Pasalubong Center at the government center in Mankilam, Tagum City and, ocassionally, the local government of Samal.
‘Big time’ illegal gambling financier nabbed in raids P
OLICE operatives arrested an alleged illegal gambling financier and seven others in separate raids in Polomolok town in South Cotabato and in Koronadal City in the last three days. Chief Insp. Maximo Sebastian, chief of Region 12 police’s special investigation and detection team (RSIDT), said Tuesday they launched the operations over the weekend at
the residence of an elected municipal councilor of Polomolok town and another businessman in Koronadal City who were tagged as among the top financiers and operators of the “last two” illegal numbers game in the area. During the raid at the house of Polomolok councilor-elect Bernie Palencia, Sebastian said they recovered around P100,000 of suspected bet money, a
counting machine, a laptop, tally sheets and several other paraphernalia supposedly used in “last two” operations. Palencia was reportedly in Manila when the operation was conducted but six persons, who claimed to be either a household worker or a member of his staff, were arrested. In Koronadal City, Sebastian said they arrested alleged “last two” financier
Glenn Sinoy and another relative in a separate raid at his house. Recovered during the operation were around P200,000 worth of bet money, various “last two” paraphernalia and a caliber .45 handgun, he said. Sebastian said Palencia and Sinoy were among the alleged illegal gambling financiers that were being monitored by the regional police. [PNA]
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Army captures Moro camp in Maguindanao
FTER a day-long offensive using ground troops and howitzers Sunday against renegade Moro rebels, the military announced it captured a camp of radical Moro rebel groups that previously harassed and killed two persons in Sultan Kudarat. Col. Edmund Pangilinan, chief of 601st Army brigade in Tacurong City, said the captured camp of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, was found in the borders of President Quirino in Sultan Kudarat and Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguindanao. He said more than 200 BIFF fighters, a breakaway group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front, were forced to abandon their camp after bombardment and ground assaults Monday. Pangilinan could not say whether the renegade rebels, led by Ustadz Sukarno Sapal, right hand man of Islamic cleric Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato, had suffered casualties. There was no casualty reported on the govern-
ment side. Before the Army offensives which involved about 500 infantrymen, the BIFF attacked the village of Bagumbayan in President Quirino town, killed a militiaman and a farmer and attacked the detachment of 33rd Infantry Battalion. On Friday evening, BIFF guerillas, led by Ustadz Sukarno Sapal, attacked Barangay Bagumbayan and killed Vicente Macaraeg, a member of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, who was driving his motorbike heading for home. The next morning, the rebels who occupied the village center, gunned down farmer Roi Viola who refused to give his work animal and motorbike. As they fled, the BIFF guerillas attacked a detachment of the 33rd IB by launching shouldered-fired rocket propelled grenades. Hermoso said the rebels used cal. 50 machine gun and rained the detachment with bullets. Although outnum-
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SUPER MOON. A super moon” rises over the Philippines Sunday, but rains and thick clouds in the capital prevented Manilans from having a good view of the moon when it came 355,200 kms of earth as it turned full at 7.30 pm. A desperate PNA lensman snaps (right photo) his version of the super full bered, the soldiers managed to repulse the attackers as reinforcement backed by armored personnel carrier and howitzers, led by Lt. Colonel Jose Tianco, 33rd IB chief, started to come in. As the soldiers arrived, the rebels fled to Barangay Kulasi in Gen. SK Pendatun
Crashed OV-10 ‘Bronco’ not on surveillance mission -- PAF The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday vehemently denied reports that the crashed OV-10 “Bronco” attack plane was on a surveillance mission on the disputed part of the Spratlys when it went down Sunday night. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol, PAF spokesperson, stated that the turbo-prop aircraft was merely conducting a regular night proficiency flight when the mishap happened. Okol said there was no basis for claims that the plane was conducting surveillance mission over Ayungin Shoal. The latter lies 120 nautical miles from Rizal, Palawan. Earlier, several Chinese surveillance ships were sighted near the area, prompting the country to file a series of protests with the United Nations. Search operations are ongoing for the two pilots of the downed OV-10. On Monday morning, search crews found a part of the plane but failed to find any sign of the pilots. Okol earlier said that the downed plane, with tail number 630, belongs to the 570th Composite Tactical Wing which is based in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. He added that this aircraft and another with tail number 139 took off around 6:37 p.m. Sunday for a night flying proficiency. However, only the aircraft with tail number 139 safely landed back after 53 minutes. (PNA)
No cyclone expected until Friday, ITCZ to bring rains over Mindanao The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday said that no cyclone is expected to hit the country in the next two or three days (until Friday) but still expect cloudy and rainy weather will continue to prevail in many parts of the country. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said they are not seeing any cyclone formation near or within the Philippine territory until Friday. Pura said an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), which is the breeding ground for low pressure areas (LPAs), is expected to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over parts of Mindanao.
town in Maguindanao and engaged the Army in long distance firefight. As the Army fired dozens of mortars and howitzers, the rebels dispersed, abandoned their camp and fled to the Maguindanao marshland. Col. Dickson Hermoso, regional Army spokesper-
moon -- light from a lamp post in Metro Manila’s North Fairview in Quezon City when the heavens cleared before the moon was finally visible to the naked eye at 10.30 (left photo).(PNA photos by Oliver Marquez) son, said the camp has several perimeter defense outposts, a sniper’s house, running trenches and booby traps. Clearing operations led to the discovery of empty tubes for rocket propelled grenades, ammunition for various caliber and documents about
the movement. The BIFF, composed of about 1,000 followers, broke away from the MILF in 2012 and launched simultaneous offensives against Army and police detachments in Maguindanao that also displaced about 50,000 people. (PNA)
Search teams recover a lot of OV-10 debris S
EARCH and rescue teams of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command on Tuesday said they have recovered a lot of debris belonging to the crashed OV-10 “Bronco” light attack aircraft. 1st Lt. Cheryl Tindog, Western Command spokesperson, said that as of Monday afternoon, search-and-rescue teams of the Navy and Coast Guard have already retrieved a possible cargo bay door, nose
wheel and life raft. She added that these debris were immediately turned over to the Philippine Air Force contingent in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for identification. Tindog said they are hoping the plane’s two pilots will be found safe and alive. “We are hopeful that search-and-rescue operations will generate positive results and we are praying that our pilots are safe,” she said. The downed plane,
with tail number 630, belongs to the 570th Composite Tactical Wing based in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The aircraft and another one with tail number 139 took off around 6:37 p.m. Sunday for a night flying proficiency. However, only the aircraft with tail number 139 safely landed back after 53 minutes. The missing aircraft lost contact with the Palawan tower around 7:30 p.m. and failed to return. (PNA)
Stiffer penalties for using children in crimes
proposed statute seeking to impose stiffer penalties against persons using and exploiting children in the commission of crimes is now awaiting the President’s signature. The proposed “Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines,” contained in a bicameral conference committee report on HB 6052 and SB 3324, was ratified by both chambers of Con-
gress, beating its June 6th sine die adjournment. Likewise, the measure, which amends Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, provides that the victim and his/her family shall be provided the appropriate assistance and psychological intervention by the local Social Welfare and Development Office, the DSWD and other concerned agencies.
It states that “any person who, in the commission of a crime, makes use, takes advantage of or, profited from the use of children, including any person who abuses his/ her authority over the child or who, with abuse of confidence, takes advantage or instigates the commission of the crime, shall be imposed the penalty prescribed by law for the crime committed in its maximum period.” (PNA)
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Power, transport investments improve April 2013 imports
NCREASED inward shipments of capital goods in the transportation and power sectors boosted merchandise imports to a positive outturn in April
2013, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “Robust investments in the power and transportation sectors drove
overseas purchases to a solid recovery in April,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan. Merchandise imports, after declining
for three consecutive months, went up by 7.4 percent in April 2013 to $5.1 billion. Imports of capital goods rose 19.7 percent to $1.5 billion as a result
MOBILE DEALER. A hawker peeps into a glass door of an establishment to deal television antennas along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.
of higher import bill s f or aircraft, ships and boats as well as power generating and specialized machines and land transportation equipment. “The increased import value of capital goods during the period coincides with the re-fleeting of a major airline and the purchase of gensets for use by electric cooperatives in Mindanao,” said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director General. Similarly, payments for imported consumer goods grew by 11.4 percent to $613.2 million in April 2013. The higher import value of consumer goods during the period is supported by the uptick in overseas spending for durable consumer goods, specifically gains in passenger cars and motorized cycle (32.6%), miscellaneous manufactures (21.4%) and home appliances (22.3%). This development is consistent with the latest Consumer Ex-
pectations Survey of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which showed consumer optimism posting the highest reading since the survey started in the first quarter of 2007. Furthermore, members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) both reported double-digit increases in car sales in April 2013. “Confidence of both consumers and the business sector in the strong economy is glaring in the growth in capital and consumer spending as reflected in March and April imports,” he added. Imports of mineral fuels and lubricants was also up by 21.4 percent to $1.3 billion in April 2013 due to the increase in imports of petroleum crude and other mineral fuels and lubricants which offset the reduction in import payments for coal and coke.
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Gas prices rise for seventh consecutive week
T STRONGER LINKAGES. Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD-DOST) Executive Director Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara expounds on the government’s resolve to strengthen links between public and private industries to create a mindset of innovation for a more advanced Philippines. She said pub-
lic-private partnerships have been long proven to be a powerful strategy in development activities during the forum themed, “Partnering with Industry Towards Inclusive Growth for a More Competitive Philippines,” at the NAST-DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City on Monday (June 24, 2013). (PNA photo by Roland Nablo)
HE country’s biggest oil companies Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell and Chevron Philippines (formerly Caltex) on Tuesday implemented another price increase on their petroleum products for the seventh week straight. At 6 a.m., Tuesday, the so called “Big Three” of the local oil industry, Petron, Shell and Chevron raised their prices of gasoline by P0.45 per liter, while diesel and kerosene by P0.90 per liter. Petron, in its price advisory sent to Philippines News Agency (PNA), said the price adjustment “reflects movements in the in-
ternational oil market and the foreign exchange rate”. As of this posting other oil companies have yet to announce their respective adjustments. Last June 18, oil companies implemented another price adjustment including a price hike on gasoline products worth P1.05 per liter, diesel by P1.45 per liter and kerosene by P1.30 per liter. Based on Department of Energy (DoE) data, in Metro Manila the average price of diesel as of June 18 stood at P41.14 per liter while that of gasoline was pegged at P51.50 per liter.(PNA)
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B R I E F S Total implements P0.45/ liter hike in gasoline Total Philippines, considered the country’s fourth biggest oil company, also implemented a P0.45 per liter hike for gasoline products and P0.90 for diesel effective 6 a.m. Tuesday. Total’s kerosene prices remain the same. Also at 6 a.m., the “Big Three” oil companies -- Pilipinas Shell, Petron Corp. and Chevron Philippines (formerly Caltex) -raised their respective prices of gasoline by P0.45 per liter, diesel and kerosene by P0.90 per liter. Other oil companies have yet to announce their respective adjustments. This is the seventh consecutive week of movement of fuel prices. (PNA)
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Aboitiz Power Corp. subsidiaries recognized at KAPATID Awards A
BOITIZ Power subsidiaries Hedcor, Inc. and Davao Light and Power Company (Davao Light) were among the 11 finalists at the Kapatiran sa Industriya or KAPATID Awards held last May 24, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel Manila. The KAPATID Awards, launched in 1995, is held every two years by the Employees Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP). It is a comprehensive search for outstanding workplace policies and programs. KAPATID Awards coincides with the National Conference of Employers, and recognizes enterprises with sound and harmonious management and employee relations. Companies are included in the competition either by invitation from the ECOP or by nomination by an organization. Finalists are selected based on four main criteria: Industrial Peace and Harmony, Productivity and Quality, Social Accountability, and Strategic Visioning and Partnering for Business and Job Survival. Hedcor was given a special citation for Industrial Peace and Harmony, for its implementation of programs that facilitated enterprise-level cooperation leading to better labor relations. Furthermore, this is the second consecutive time that Hedcor was chosen as a finalist for the KAPATID awards. The citation, which Hedcor also won in 2011, coincides with the company’s
35th anniversary. “Effective labor management is one of the key tools in bringing Hedcor into 35 years of continuous operations”, said Hedcor, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Rene B. Ronquillo. “Hedcor is pleased to be recognized for this effort”. Davao Light Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arturo M. Milan had this to say about the company’s nomination, “We feel honored that we have been considered as one of the 11 finalists in the recently concluded KAPATID Awards alongside multinational and global companies. This inspires us to work even harder to better serve our customers and realize our vision to become a world class distribution utility.” Hedcor is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the Philippines with a portfolio of 19 plants located in Benguet, Davao and Ilocos Sur, generating a combined capacity of 155 megawatts (MW). The company will have three additional power plants in its portfolio by 2015. Davao Light is the third largest distribution utility in the country, servicing over 300,000 customers in Davao City, Panabo City, and the municipalities of Carmen, Dujali, and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte. The company was nominated as a candidate for the Kapatid Awards by the Department of Labor, Region XI,
Davao Light team poses for a photo with representatives from the KAPATID Awards Committee after receiving the trophy as one of the 11 finalists from around the country. In photo are: Jose Sonny Matula, National President Federation of Free Workers, Ricky Rasay PRO-Davao Light Employees Union (DLEU); Miguel Varela, Chairman-Employers Confederation of the Philippines
(ECOP); Art Milan, Davao Light EVP-COO; Perselo Incorporado, DLEU President; Edgardo Lacson, President-ECOP; Ross Luga, Davao Light AVP Corporate Communications; and Lito Ortiz, Davao Light VP Human Resources. The awarding ceremony was held last May 23 at the Marriott Hotel Manila during the 34th National Conference of Employers.
Upland kids get free educational supplies
lose to 700 children of Davao City Water District’s partner people’s organizations (PO’s) in watershed rehabilitation in the uplands received free educational supplies in time for the opening of classes this June through DCWD’s Tulong Eskwela program, now in its 11th year. Distributions were made in barangay Daliaon on June 15, barangay Guianga on June 11, barangay Tambobong on June 8 and barangays Tungkalan and
Malagos on June 7. Given were bags, notebooks, pads of paper, pencils and pens. The student beneficiaries and their parents were very happy and thankful for the donations given to them as the free school supplies were already a big help considering the prices of commodities nowadays. DCWD has always taken a holistic approach in its efforts to rehabilitate the three watersheds of Davao City, namely, Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, Malagos
and Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan. Aside from incorporating tree planting, parenting and maintenance activities, DCWD has also instigated projects that improve the welfare and living conditions of the immediate settlers in the watershed areas such as educational assistance, livelihood trainings, among others. These projects are very effective in discouraging them from engaging in practices that pose threat to the environment. Recipient PO’s include
Tulong Eskwela program assists upland kids. Davao City Water District distributes free bags and school supplies to the children of its partner people’s organizations in
Tansing Colong Watershed Association, Malagos Watershed Bufferzone Residents Organization, Starapple Wines Watershed Association, Asssociation of Community Concerned on Watershed, Tungkalan Tribal Association and Lipadas Watershed Tungkalan Association. Daliaon Plantation Lipadas Watershed Association, Saro Lipadas Watershed Peoples Organization and Sinabadan Tribal Ancestral Domain Organization. [Jovana T. Duhaylungsod]
Brgy. Tambobong in time for the opening of classes in June.
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Big-time criminals don’t live in shanties
olice Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa is a good cop. However, he will not make a good reporter. Bato, as he is called in the police circles, is a seasoned cop. He will tell you that in your face. He wasn’t born yesterday. So when Dela Rosa’s latest caper came off the switch and off went the expose that a media personality is involved in drugs, he knew it would be a publicity blockbuster. He spoke too soon perhaps. Or spoke too short. Thought too shallow. The expose came short of being explosive. Rather, it exploded on his face. So who is this media personality? Bato balked. He opted to keep it to himself. If this were a news item, this reporter would be reprimanded by his editor and his story landing smack on the waste basket like a Ray Allen three-point shot. For lack of material evidence, sketchy report, unconfirmed source, and being mere conjectures and assumptions, the expose is nothing but hearsay. No editor would risk such a dubious story on the newspaper. Only blind items on showbiz columns would buy that. One suspect of Dela Rosa’s story reportedly even challenged him to come out with the identity of his suspect. We were all left guessing who the mediaman is. At the end of the day, nothing came out of this blind item.
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The point is as the city police director, Dela Rosa is duty-bound to name with finality the suspects he deem involved in such heinous crimes as illegal drugs. This is for the purpose of forewarning citizens of the existence of such trade involving said personalities. If at all, Dela Rosa should build up his case and file charges against those who are responsible. Drug syndicates cannot be treated like babies in this society. Journalists are no exceptions. No one is a sacred cow. Dela Rosa’s “Tok-Hang” operations should also go beyond the slum areas but also in gated subdivisions where the big-time syndicates are. Those in squatter areas living in shanties are mere moles, brokers, agents or couriers of the big fishes living in plush subdivisions. We have not heard of “Tok-Hang” expanding to the villages and subdivisions. Who knows there may be other professionals out there, maybe some politicians or even among the ranks of cops who are involved? So why limit “Tok-Hang” in places where the poor lives? Isn’t that unfair to the poor and powerless? Isn’t that a violation of the equal protection clause enshrined in the Constitution? Mayor Sara Duterte, in her final appearance before the City Peace and Order Council, left his simple piece of advise to cops: “Think like a criminal.” Big-time criminals don’t live in shanties.
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Matching words with action
CONOMIC SLOWDOWN COULD HURT COMPETITIVENESS – Moves to keep the country’s economy at a steadier condition have become more and more urgent. Keen to keep the country more competitive and the economy even stronger, government high-profile economists and financial managers have recently declared the recent economic slowdown is just temporary. But the wary public particularly the business sector had to ask how long a brief period is. To the extent that is dampens the people’s expectation of a never-ending high economic growth – itself an encouraging factor – and generates measures to alleviate the living standard of the masses and job opportunities, a well-planned mechanism can work wondrously. Matching words with action means doing something about the country’s impending economic slump - of course, there are pressures on top government leaders to keep the economic figures always in check. With the value of the peso sinking slowly but steadily, stock markets declining, prices of fuel products rising to undetermined levels and swelling jobless queues, people may have to pause at this question: “Is booming Philippines seem to be hurting now?” Instead, the fear among our people particularly the business community is that any economic slowdown certainly could hurt competitiveness. Most disturbing of all is the damage that may be done to the once impressive economic status – just when improving that standing is becoming increasingly important to the country’s socio-economic success and well-being. Government officials could not hide the fact that the country right now is facing new challenges. Improv-
ing macroeconomic numbers that began to entice punters back into the market started to decrease. While the big picture remains relatively strong, analysts say the nitty-gritty, however, hides dangers. The corporate outlook remains fragile, according to noted economists. Other economic experts likewise are not so sure. They say that the peso even at P41 level or a bit below to the US dollar remains a serious burden for many companies with outstanding foreign debt. Moreover, analysts caution that the country’s dependence on commodities like fuel and other refined petroleum products have increased tremendously so are the prices, and the chronic problem is again knocking at our doorsteps. Maybe, but the impending oil price increases have some basis - circumstances outside government control. And the end result is the cycle of oil price adjustments dictated by the world market. Even if the prices of fuel products rise at accelerating pace, the demand remains high. Different sectors – export, manufacturing, transport and energy are the most directly affected of the oil price hike. Unfortunately for investors, that well-known fact would push their operating costs skyward. However, in the case of the energy providers, the new rounds of oil price adjustments have make power supply more expensive and their operations are doing relatively well because end-users could do
nothing about it, but still have to turn on the lights. Analysts are also keeping close tabs on export and the manufacturing sectors. The country cannot depend too much on traditional exports such as agricultural-based products, which are being required to undergo stringent quarantine measures by importers. Other exports could take up the slack, but growth in overseas sales is crawling and moving at snail-pace. Some of the more productive area of the economy supposedly is manufacturing, but fuel and energy costs are also a problem, which is why it takes a lot of investment at the worst of times. To an economist, it’s all part of being in the manufacturing business. With the prevailing high costs of fuel and power supply, they seem to end up drifting in a pool of uncertainties. The more courageous and daring kind probably would just sit temporarily at the back seat and think about the staggering costs of oil and energy source, and the exchange rate. One strategic move that will keep us economically afloat is for government to set appropriate policies and implement drastic measures to cushion the impact of oil price increases and at the same time arrest key difficulties especially the fickleness of investors’ confidence. As it was, many confident foreign and domestic investors still identified the country as a potentially good and suitable place to invest, but want to see any evidence that government is going to do what it must and help itself with a policy response to the predicament that has been plucky. Will it work or improve? They’re self-assured in the same way that we’re definite that someone won’t put a gun to our heads and pull the trigger.
between policy-making and implementing, between legislative offices and line departments, between lawmakers and lawbreakers, between the ornery and the exceptional, and between the selfish and the statesman. It’s just too bad that these distinctions are lost to the very officials to whom we, the people, entrust our welfare, our sense of propriety and our standards of morality. And so goes good governance down the drain, and with it, our dreams and ideals as the people of the very first republic in all of Asia. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa of Cagayan de Oro City is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Inc. He can be reached at valdehuesa@gmail. com.]
Now comes the season of pork
OLITICS without doubt has become a truly lucrative “industry” to invest in, with large commissions and kickbacks from Pork as return-on-investment. Its abuse has reached a point where, in many districts, only the greedy and the overly ambitious bother to run for public office. Indeed, why would a truly honorable person seek to be a make-believe lawmaker—whose role has more to do with aggrandizing political power, financial clout and dynastic dominance than statecraft or leadership in a democracy? Because of Pork, there has arisen a mystique among gamblers and criminal minds surrounding a legislator’s role and its potential for accessing and abusing public funds. It is coveted for its multiple uses: as a platform for immunity and impunity, as
(Conclusion) occasion for illicit activity, as laundry service for drug money, as capital for electioneering and dynasty-building, as cover for treasonous acts like insurgency and rebellion, and as instrument for self-enrichment. And because of Pork our republic has the dubious reputation for building inferior infrastructure, filling the landscape with credit-grabbing billboards, pompous streamers and epal improprieties. It’s what happens when an administration blurs the line between legislative and executive functions,
Keep the music playing
OW do y o u keep the music playing? How do you make it last? These two lines from the James Ingram song popped into my head as I mulled over the upcoming 40th wedding anniversary of my parents come June 23. How indeed. In this day and age of “understandable infidelity”, a 40-year marriage with nobody or any other foolishness on the side seems like a quaint feat. This is not to say that my parents’ partnership never had any danger of falling apart. It is just that the dangers were not allowed to do further damage because of a Greater Good. My father once said that if he did not have a God, he would have already given up when times got too tough. When I first heard this, I thought it was such a copout reason. I thought that it does not count because deep insidehe really wanted out. He had to have an external God to make things work. I used to think that God was just a crutch for the simple-minded. So when Karl Marx propounded that religion is opium of the people, I heartily agreed. To my mind, Papa was sniffing in good quality opium to gain strength. However, as I grew older and became more sensitive to the world and the otherworldly, I realized that there is indeed a wellspring of faith and fortitude that is not entirely human. Thus, our actions and decisions cannot just be all about our human needs and wants. We cannot just walk out of a marriage when we feel like it. (Unless we are treated as sub-humans, battered, and abused, but that’s another issue.) I know of a man who is “married” to three women though he is not a wealthy Moslem. Forty years down the road, his first wife still weeps when he hears that he has taken on yet another woman who is as young as their daughter. He just assures his hapless wife that she will still be receiving her allowance from him. His marriages have been fodder for amusement in the family. Though all his children carry his name and are somehow loved, they are paying for his sins one way or another. His daughter says that things about faith and God are corny for her father. On the more mundane, daily, and practical level, my parents made their marriage work by keeping tongue and temper in check. Hurtful words do not casually and caustically fly about even if patience is obviously wearing thin. They go out on dates and celebrate special occasions regardless of finances. They give each other gifts. We give each other gifts. My husband, who was still my boyfriend then, got exasperated with me one time because he could not understand why I was struggling to buy gifts for everyone in the family when I had no money to spare. Apparently, he did not grow up with the practice of giving gifts because there were always practical considerations. Gifts are just small tokens but they lift the spirit and remind us that we are loved, practical considerations notwithstanding. Thank God he has transformed into a more loving and generous man. (So when can I get that piece of jewelry? Wink, wink.) It is not easy being married. We have to make the effort to keep the music playing even when all we want to do is walk out and slam the door. We have to make it last because it is a covenant we made with God. My parents, Pruds and Cherie Valverde, two imperfect people with a highly imperfect love endeavor to love a perfect God. In so doing, the rest of what shoulds for a meaningful life fall into place. In so doing, they will be celebrating 40 years of a well-tested marriage with their children who will also make their own marriages work inspite of and despite of.
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concerned since coal-fired power plants are among the biggest producers of man-made carbon emissions and that coal is one source of greenhouse gas which causes global warming. “There are moves in Palawan and Cebu to fight against the creation of coal-fire power plants
in their areas,” she said, and that she expects legal actions to happen in Davao City as well. “We can’t tell when, but there will be one.” She said that various institutions, business establishments, and schools can have their own celebration by holding forums to dis-
cuss how to take care of the environment, and the dangers of coal-fired power plants. Carbon Market Watch is the group that initiated the End the Age of Coal Global Day of Action on June 29. It is a project of Code-Centre of Development & Environment
the peoples concerns and the future, whether or not we deserve to be congratulated for doing a good job or condemned for failing to keep our promises and falling short in our performance, is up for the people to decide.” Here are some of the highlights in the farewell speeches delivered by the outgoing members of the 16th council that may help the people decide whether they did good or not. Galicia quoted Mahatma Gandhi, saying, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service oh others.” Villafuerte said “many dream, but few are chosen” and thanked may-
or-elect Rody Duterte for choosing him to run for the council in 2004 where his late father served 20 years before him. Braga said she would be writing a book after serving the city as councilor for 19 years and said that she would like to see the day that outgoing mayor Sara Z. Duterte would sit as mayor of the city again. The senior Apostol said he authored 135 resolutions, 135 ordinances during his term as chairman of the Committee of Games and Amusement, including the reduction of tax for event organizing which helped organizers bring internation-
al performers to the city. Baluran said that he would be composing Visayan songs for the church after his nine years of serving the city as councilor. Jackson Reyes thanked Senator Coco Pimentel for providing him P500,000 for the Indigenous People of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC). Cabling said there are still many items in the 16th council yet to be approved, but like exams, “finished or unsfinished we have to pass our papers.” He was especially proud of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan which was approved by the council that day.
will mean liability for the airline company. “Eventually, the pilot’s liability will be the airline’s liability.” De Leon, however, said they cannot celebrate this early as they have to wait for the decoding of the black box. “We will have to wait for the black box if there’s liability on the part of the manufacturer (of the aircraft),” De Leon said. The victims, who have registered as Flight 5J971 Class Victims Association with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have also submitted a demand letter to Cebu Air Inc. president Lance Gokongwei last week asking for P1 million in damages for each of the claimants. “This is a very unique case unprecedented in our legal history, one that’s based on psychological and emotional distress,” said De Leon. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines released yesterday the results of its investigation on the Cebu Pacific Airbus 320 that rolled out of the runway of the Davao International Airport amid heavy rains last June 2. ”Definitely, it’s a pilot error. We do not give sanctions like that unless we prove that is
was a pilot error,” CAAP deputy director general Capt. John Andrews told the Philippines News Agency after the press conference at the CAAP headquarters in Pasay City. Andrews told the media that based on the investigation of the oversight regulatory board, CAAP has found. Through the animation made by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of Singapore, both Oropesa and Perello failed to adhere with PCAR provisions relating to Operation Below Decision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude while the aircraft was approaching the runway. ”The pilot could have practice ‘balked’ landing where the aircraft will take off again after missing the center line of the runway and make a turn around to avoid the accident,” Andrews explained. Andrews said the two pilots also committed mistakes in declaring emergency evacuation. ”They should have declare emergency evacuation 90 minutes after the aircraft came to a full stop but they waited for 15 minutes before declaring emergency evacuation,” Andrews said.
Andrews said the CAAP probe team also found out that the two pilots failed to comply with PCAR provisions relating to cockpit checklist procedure. With the failure of the pilots to adhere with the number of PCAR regulations, Andrews said Oropesa has been suspended for 6 months and he will act only as co-pilot for one year after his airline transport pilot license will be reinstated by the CAAP. On the other hand, Perello will be suspended for 3 months, subject to his compliance with the requirements for the reinstatement of his Commercial Pilot License. The Cebu Pacific, the country’s budget airline, has not been given sanctions but asked to comply with some policies that is focused on safety, random sampling of flight crew capabilities, reassess its turn-around policy and allow CAAP flight inspectors to monitor their aircraft before leaving the airport. ”The role of the CAAP flight inspectors will go on until we are assured that the airline is following certain policies and regulations to assure safety of the passengers,” Andrews said. Andrews, however,
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Maritime community marks seafarer’s day By EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ
HE maritime community celebrated yesterday “Day of the Filipino Seafarer” faced with the challenge of redeeming itself after failing the audit made by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), according to Maritime Industry Authority Region 11 (Marina 11) director Martiniano Mendoza speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM Annex, Ecoland. He said that maritime education in the Philippines failed the EMSA audit last April 15 to 19 for having a lot of courses that are not related to seafaring. “Many maritime school owners are connected with government agencies with oversight functions,” said Mendoza. King Charles Lopez, an official of the Masters and Mates Association of the
Philippines Davao Chapter, said that under Executive Order No. 75, Marina is the only central administration overseeing the quality of maritime education in the country that should inspect the schools. He said that there are 95 maritime schools in the Philippines, four of them in Davao --- Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA), Agro-Industrial Foundation College of Davao, Maritime Training School (MATS), and Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC). Lopez said these schools should be inspected by Marina to assure their quality. Mendoza said various government agencies are involved in inspecting these schools, including the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), De-
partment of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Marina and the CHED have signed a memorandum of agreement (Moa) which gives CHED the responsibility of checking maritime schools. Courses and subjects in maritime schools have gradually been replaced with more relevant ones to make Filipino seafarers globally competitive and accepted, Mendoza added. Observance of “Day of the Filipino Seafarer” is themed “Maraming Salamat at Mabuhay Ka, Marinong Pilipino, Karangalan ng Mundo” and was marked by the blowing of ships’ horns at 8 a.m. followed by Mass at the Sasa covered court of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and a motorcade along city streets.
assured that the public that it still safe to fly with Cebu Pacific, the country’s premier budget airline, as well as with other local airlines including flag carrier Philippine Airlines. DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya commended the CAAP for doing a good job in investigating the incident. ”With this results, I hoping we can do remedial actions to avoid future accidents like what happened in Davao,” Abaya, who joined the press conference. Andrews said the accident cost CAAP at least P3 million in losses as it forced to stop operation of Davao airport for at least two days, affecting nearly 100 flights and more than 50,000 passengers. ”That is not counting incurred by other airlines and Davao City itself,” Last June 2, Cebu Pacific Flight 5J-971 left Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:40pm and reach Davao International Airport at 7:07pm. But during, the aircraft rolled out of the runway, came to a halt, and was eventually immobilized 845 meters from its point of touchdown with no one from 70 people on board hurt. In a statement sent
to Edge Davao, Cebu Pacific said it will comply with all the recommendations indicated within the Notice of Decision of CAAP. “Safety has always been the highest priority for Cebu Pacific. We aim to provide the safest airline service possible for the millions of passengers who travel with us every year,” it said. In addition to CAAP’s recommendations, the airline company said it has also commenced additional initiatives including: • Enhancement of our current training curriculum to include additional focus on wet runway landings, “go-arounds,” specific training for inclement weather and non-precision approaches. • Implementation of enhanced pilot training curriculum by Airbus standardized trainers at the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT), the only facility in the country that belongs to the CAE-Airbus Training cooperation, and with two state-ofthe-art full flight simulators. Inaugurated in Clark in December 2012, PAAT is a joint venture with Canada-based CAE. CAE operates the world’s
largest airline training network. • An independent review of our flight operation systems and processes by Airbus Industries. Airbus will deploy a team of Safety, Flight Operations and Human Factor experts to Manila for this review. “Overseeing these initiatives is Capt. Jim Sydiongco, Cebu Pacific’s Vice President Flight Operations. His experience in the aviation industry spans over 37 years. Capt. Sydiongco previously headed the Flight Standards Inspectorate Service (FSIS) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). He also served as Chief Pilot for Safety Standards and Systems at Philippine Airlines (21 years); and as the Senior Safety Supervisor of EVA Air (16 years). His expertise is invaluable to CEB’s pilot management team as he oversees all aspects of flight operations, including pilot training,” it said. “Moving forward, as we further grow and fly to new destinations using new aircraft, CEB will continue to find ways to serve our passengers better,” it added. [With a report from PNA]
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p to 15 seconds of video, 13 custom filters, and a “cinema mode” for stabilization. Those were some of the features added to Instagram last week, instantly turning the popular photo-sharing app used by 130 million people into a video-sharing service. Within the first 24 hours of the announcement, over 5 million videos had been uploaded. Sure, some were of frothy lattes and the Miami Heat winning the NBA finals, but the new features have wider appeal than to just casual users. As newsrooms are now relying on social media as a platform to discover and deliver the news, Instagram’s new video features will add another piece of content into the mix for organizations: short, solid-looking video clips. Beth Bennett, assistant professor at The Me-
dill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, believes this will be the next big thing for news organizations. Bennett told ABC News that audiences have already shown an appetite for six-second video clips that have been made using Twitter’s Vine app, a competing with Android and iPhone app that allows users to create six-second clips. “It requires very little commitment in terms of time and focus, which is part of the attraction,” she says. Bennett also says it has potential to act as a tool for “telling breaking news stories, especially when the audience is following certain hashtags for down-to-the minute news.” During the Boston Marathon bombings, Doug Lorman captured a video of the explosion via
a video feed using Vine. Because of Vine’s integration with Twitter and it’s short length, it spread at lighting speed. Within 55 minutes it had over 15,000 re-tweets. The new video services
Smartphones and society: How going mobile has changed the way we live
VERYWHERE we go people are glued to their phones; from the grocery store to the gym to the public restroom. This trend isn’t just irritating and borderline
rude, it’s also addicting. Forty-three percent of all Americans are proud owners of smartphones, 24% of those check their phone while behind the wheel, and 80% of them check their phone within
15 minutes of waking up in the morning. It used to be such a priority for employees to keep a firm separation between work life and personal life, but with smartphones, that line is blurring more and more. Emails can be accessed easily and quickly from smartphones, as well as instant communication at all times from coworkers and bosses. It’s not all bad though; people love keeping in touch. Sixty-one percent of smartphone users say their phone helps them keep in touch with friends and family, and 60% say it keeps them connected to a spouse or significant other. Forty-two percent of Americans use Facebook and nearly all of them check it on their phone on average of 14 times a day. Fifty percent of those users check their Facebook at the movies, which of course we all know is wrong. Technology never ceases to amaze us and we quickly get sucked in, but this user will be impressed only when they make a printable pizza app.
can also help news organizations, especially broadcast networks, in getting word out about the news and in getting additional content from viewers. More About How Instagram Video Works
Abc27News in Harrisburg, Pa., has used Instagram Video to promote its 5 p.m. newscast and NBC News’ KSDK-TV affiliate in St. Louis has been using Vine to share behind the scenes looks at
how everything works in the newsroom as a promotional tool to increase viewership of the station. But beyond that, the station has started to look at it as a source of video from its viewers.
BlackBerry launches service to manage Android, Apple devices B LACKBERRY launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc’s Android platform and Apple Inc’s iOS o p e ra t ing system. T h e long-anticipated offering, which BlackBerry had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors. The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows BlackBerry’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks. The company, a onetime pioneer in the
A view shows the keyboard of the Blackberry Z10 at a Rogers store in Toronto February 5, 2013. [REUTERS/ Mark Blinch]
smartphone arena, is now fighting to regain ground lost to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy devices. To compete, it has rolled out a trio of devices powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. It hopes to win back users with the Z10, Q10 and Q5 devices that were unveiled during the first half of this year. The first comprehensive look at the success of its turnaround plan will likely emerge when it reports quarterly results on Friday.
At the same time, it has indicated a shift in emphasis from smartphones to services. “With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely,” David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said in an interview. “We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well.” [Reuters]
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EAGUE-LEADING Goldstar Hardware and second-running Moonbeem chalked up impressive wins to improve their hold in the standings of the Phoenix Above 36 basketball tournament at the Davao City Recreation Center over the weekend. Moonbeem won its doubleheader on Friday to improve to 5 wins against a solitary loss for a tie of second place with idle Oro East Mining. Moonbeem first drubbed JYC Hardware 127-73 on Lindy Dawal’s 50-point explosion. Tata Ramos took over in their next outing with 56 to lead Moonbeem to a 118-69 shellacking of winless
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GSO. Goldstar meantime also maintained its solo lead with a 106-78 beating of BLBE on Friday for a 6-0 record. Purple Bean rallied over the weekend with two wins in as many outings to improve to solo fourth at 3-3. The Coffee Shop Brewers turned back a fighting DCPO 99-92 before blasting GSO 95-66. DCPO dropped to 3-5 while GSO sank to 0-5. The Boxscores: June 21 Moonbeem 127-- Dawal 50 Ramos 31 Monsiller 21 Rubi 10 Tan 7 Ang 3 Alesna 3 Caballero 2 JYC 73-- Casila 28 Gonzaga 16 Villanueva 15 Gaseto 6 Gabriel 4 Montecillo 4
Gold Star 106-- Soco 33 Saniel 20 Celis 16 Ho 16 Arellano 8 Cagoco 8 Ravino 6 Yong 6 Mejorada 5 Pasciola 4 Alison 0 BLBE 78-- Almario 18 Gabanes 16 Pogoy 16 Ocampo 12 Serafica 9 Vidal 4 Acosta 3 Moonbeem 118-- Ramos 56 Caballero 14 Ang 13 Rubi 11 Monsiller 11 Alesna 4 BLBE 69-- Gabanes 23 Almario 11 Acosta 13 Vidal 4 Serafica 0 Pogoy 0 Ocampo 0 June 22 Purple Bean 99-- Pido 20 Rubi J 19 Pinto 19 Rubi 15 Ochigue 8 Baguhin 7 Buyer 4 Gonzales 2 Patalver 2 DCPO 92-- Jaca 28 Josol 19 Serafin 17 Jumawan 12 Lopecillo 11 Torres 5 June 23 Purple Bean 95-- Ochigue 21 Pido 16 Rubi 12 Young 12 Patalver 11 Buyer 9 Rubi 6 Relocio 4 Gonzales 4 GSO 66-- Lademora 13 Punzalan 9 Torres 9Lao 8 Legaspi 8 Polancos 6 Brigoli 5 Tomas 4 Dalisay 2
TWIN TOWERS. National team mainstays Junmar Fajardo, 6-11, and Greg Slaughter, 6-10, form part of the Twin Tower combination of coach Chot Reyes.
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When a man loves a woman
WE’VE already gone past the love month, and yet a huge population is still making love trend all over cyberspace like it’s February 14 all over again. Notwithstanding the fact that we have quite a number of June weddings to celebrate, we also have to thank Brad Pitt for firing up romance among netizens who shared the transcript of his declaration of love to Angelina Jolie (shortly after the latter’s mastectomy). Not only did his confession earned him gazillion pogi points among fans, it also made us recognize the fact that even the most macho of all can possess such gentility, limitless patience, and undying love for his partner. I, for one, was deeply touched when I read the Hollywood star’s statement. I do admire men who come out in the open and express love and devotion to their partner. It’s a relief to know that there are still many them who exist in our world today, and I’m more than grateful to have snagged one for myself. I also find comfort in the fact that my gal pals have found a good man in their better half. I guess, regardless of time and age, we girls still hope and pray to find our own prince charming. Some would even “Google” for one. When you find love, you hope that it lasts forever. Each year poses different challenges and triumphs, and you try to make life
lovelier and sweeter by the day. Marriage is not easy, most would say. You really have to work at it. This thought popped into mind the upcoming 20th wedding anniversary of my photographerfriend Paul and his wife Nina. This pair is one of the many I consider as power couples who have triumphed through the
test of time. I describe Paul and Nina as cool, hip, spontaneous, and far from boring. This couple started dating when they were 16 years old, got separated and reunited after 8 years, and have remained strong and together even two decades after. Listening to Paul’s narration of their love made me feel like a little kid again, on those nights that I’d listen to fairytales with my face propped on my hands and my elbows on my pillow. “Our courtship was akin to something which may be considered spontaneous. When Nina came home from the USA in 1992, she lived and worked in Manila. I would go and visit her every month and she would come to Davao whenever there was an opportunity to do so. Being so close and yet still apart made us take the leap of faith. We got married on June 26, 1993 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon at San Pablo Parish.” “It was an afternoon wedding. My maternal grandmother came from Bacolod to attend the wedding. She was accompanied by majority of my mom’s brothers and sisters, as well as the siblings of my father. My mom comes from a fairly large family of 16 brothers and sisters. It was an intimate party with just our immediate family, aunts, uncles, and cousins around. The wedding was celebrated by Archbishop Antonio Mabutas, concelebrated by 12 other priests.” “After the wedding, we crossed the street to join the party at the residence of my parents. The house
was overflowing to say the least. My mom lovingly transformed the tennis court into a reception area. The party just went on even when rain poured after dinner.” Asked on how he finds Nina as wife, Paul gives me a brief description. “Over the years, Nina has grown from being very ‘western,’ having lived in America for close to a decade, to taking on a role of being a mother, taking care of herself, taking responsibility in our professional life, and growing with me. She plays multiple roles --- wife, daughter, mother, partner, lover, and friend. She adapts and transcends roles that she takes to a higher standard unto herself.”
Marriage is not all play. It also requires a lot of communication and effort to make it work and last forever. Paul expounds on how they have managed to stay happy together all this time. “Nina and I can communicate in almost all levels. We can work and discuss very serious matters and switch to something totally ridiculous. We enjoy investing time with each other in simple activities. We thrive through the challenges and obstacles, and we revel in our accomplishments together.” “I have never been one to label myself as a husband but more as a friend. As expected of a friend, I support, cherish, honor and love my wife as an
equal in everything we do; forgive the shortcomings and focus on the beauty that we experience in our family and personal relationships.” As if he read my mind, Paul goes full circle and paints me a picture of how Nina completes him. “Love is a very difficult emotion to describe but to sum it all, I would be lost, incomplete, irresponsible, and directionless without Nina. I cannot imagine myself with anyone else.” :) “I look forward to love, life, laughter, mutual respect, weddings, birthdays, challenges surmounted and more celebrations. I am blessed to be with Nina and to be in love with her, and I will be blessed still to grow old with her.”
A2 INdulge! UP AND ABOUT
Scholarships, cash and trip to China await the new SM Little Stars! CALLING all charming little boys and girls! It’s time to take center stage and embrace the spotlight as the quest for the next SM Little Star begins. Bright, charming and talented kids ages 4-6 years old are invited to join the SM Little Stars Preliminary Screening on July 7 for SM City Davao and SM City Cagayan de Oro, and on July 14 in SM General Santos. To join, interested parties may fill out registration forms available at the respective Mall Administration office or download it from www.smsupermalls.com. Duly filled out forms must be submitted along with a copies of the child’s birth certificate (original and photocopy), and 2 copies of 4R size photos (1 close-up, 1 full body) at the Marketing Department of the SM Mall. Lucky contestants who pass the preliminary screening will get an opportunity to undergo trainings and workshops prior to the regional and national finals. Each of the 2 Grand Winners will get P150,000 worth of cash and shopping money; 5 days and 4 nights trip to China for 2 with round trip tickets with itinerary and free hotel accommodation inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner; 4-year College Scholarship Grant from National University; Toy Kingdom Gift Certificate worth P10,000; Center for Pop Children’s Prep Singing Scholarship Grant worth P11,525; SM Bowling Summer Clinic Scholarship worth P2,500 and SM Ice Skating Scholarship worth P3,600. For more information, please call 297.6998 local 126. Like SM City Davao on Facebook or follow @smcitydavao on Twitter for event and promo updates.
GT Cosmetics sets foot in Zamboanga
AS IT has been projected, GT Cosmetics Manufacturing’s Mindanao market is getting bigger indeed. Taking off from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Davao in 2005, GT Cosmetics slowly spread practically in all directions and now has made its presence felt in the City of Flowers, Zamboanga. “This has been a long time coming,” said Engr. Leonora B. Salvane, GT Cosmetics founder and national sales manager who has foreseen the growth of the company’s market in Mindanao. “We have been planning to bring GT to Zamboanga even before the demand for our products in the Western Mindanao area was yet under our target level, but more pressing matters had to be prioritized.” GT products are now sold in Zamboanga City at the Mindpro Health & Beauty Center in Mindpro Citimall and at Face and La Secret de Beaute in Yubenco Star Mall. The penetration of GT Cosmetics in Zamboanga may well be the start of the Cebu-based company’s sweeping expansion in Mindanao as there’s no stopping them now from venturing into the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao with a Halal certification in tow. GT Cosmetics was recently issued a Halal certification after its products and production methods have been tested and declared permissible to use in accordance with Islamic law by the Halal Development Institute of the Philippines. Halal, which means lawful and permitted in Islam, does not only cover food and drinks but other items as well, like cosmetics and personal care products. The Halal certification also allows GT Cosmetics to export its products to the Middle East and other Muslim countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, where a ready market has already been established for the proudly-Cebu-manufactured goods. GT products can be purchased in about 200 retail outlets and in all leading drugstores nationwide, including Watsons Personal Care stores, Robinsons supermarkets, SM malls and supermarkets, Savemore supermarkets, Gaisano Metro chain of stores, and in other leading malls, department stores, and supermarkets.
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7 skin changes during pregnancy and what to do about them
PREGNANCY can be a joyful time but the release of hormones can cause unexpected changes to your skin. Not every woman will experience these changes, but below are seven skin changes that are common.
Stretch Marks The American Pregnancy Association stated that almost 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Stretch marks appear as pink or reddish streaks along your abdomen, thighs or breasts. There is no proven method to reduce stretch marks but lotions using vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids have been reported to improve their appearance. Mask of Pregnancy (Chloasma) According to Dr. Sears, facial color changes may appear in the second trimester called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”. Pregnancy hormones stimulate the melanin in the cells to release more pigment. This increase in color may not occur uniformly so a blotchy tanned look may appear on your face. There is no way to avoid the release of hormones but limiting your exposure to the sun or UV light may decrease the appearance of chloasma. Use a good sunscreen on your face and wear hats that help block the sun. Pimples Extra hormones during pregnancy increase oil production so acne may increase. Wash your face twice a day with a mild fragrance-free soap. Avoid using typical acne products that may contain medicine that is not recommended during pregnancy. Use a plain astringent such as witch hazel and follow with an oil-free moisturizer. Consult a
There is no proven method to reduce stretch marks but lotions using vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids have been reported to improve their appearance. dermatologist if you have any concerns about which products to use. Linea Nigra Many women have a faint line that extends from the top of their public area to their belly button. During the second trimester, this line may darken and is then called linea nigra. Linea nigra is often darker in dark-complected wom-
en, but may lighten again several months after pregnancy. Darkened Pigmentation Your nipples and areola may also darken but unlike in the case of a linea nigra, they are less likely to lighten again after pregnancy. Other skin spots such as freckles or moles may darken. Consult a dermatologist if the moles seem to have changed in other ways such as in size, developed irregular borders or seem more risen. Varicose Veins Blood flow during pregnancy increases and may cause the development of bluish, thickened veins on your legs. Varicose veins are partially hereditary but there are things you can do to try and avoid them. The American Pregnancy Association warns to avoid standing or sitting in one place for long periods of time. Walking helps move the blood back to your heart, and wearing support hose can also help. Try to elevate your legs when sitting and take vita-
min C to keep your veins healthy. Itchiness As your skin stretches and tightens over your growing belly, you may find that you have severe itchiness late in your pregnancy. Combine that with increased heat and perspiration that your body produces, and an actual rash may appear on your abdomen. Whattoexpect.com says that relief may come from only taking short showers to avoid drying out your skin. Use corn starch on those areas that rub, wear loose clothing, and dress in layers to avoid becoming over-heated. Use a moisturizer on your abdomen to keep the skin from becoming too dry. The American Pregnancy Association suggests using calamine lotion to combat itchiness. If the problem becomes more severe, consult a dermatologist. Some women develop a more advanced type of skin itchiness and rash called PUPPP, for which a dermatologist can prescribe safe medication.
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ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 19, 2013
Victoria Beckham models her designs, proves she’s her best advertisement FASHION designer, singer, mother... model? Though she may not get paid to walk the runway, Victoria Beckham proved she can sell her designs just as well as any supermodel during her recent trip to China! The Brit beauty brought a lively pop of color to Beijing International Airport, arriving in a chic lemon yellow sleeveless coat from her fall 2013 collection and a lovely laser-cut bag from her spring 2013 line. And though the topper may have been designed with cooler weather in mind, we’ve got to admit that Beckham’s pairing of the vibrant coat with equally head-turning blue trousers has us wanting to snap up the design for the summer season! But the fashion icon also pulled looks from past collections for her trip, wearing a ladylike red dress from her fall 2012 collection for an appearance on a China Central Television show on Sunday. Black Casadei pumps completed her look, but it was an accessory she often skips—a smile!—that really sold us on this look!
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Johnny Depp: Why I travel with my Captain Jack Sparrow costume WE’VE heard about Johnny Depp visiting children’s hospitals dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, but who knew he actually has the Pirates of the Caribbean costume with him at all times? “Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that,” the actor explained while promoting his latest flick, The Lone Ranger (in theaters on July 3). “I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards…It basically turns into a two-, threehour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.” Too sweet.
It doesn’t sound like Depp will be popping into hospitals as Tonto from The Lone Ranger. He does, however, have the bird that Tonto
wears on his head at his home in Los Angeles. “That bird going through customs is going to be weird, isn’t it?” Depp said with a laugh, adding, “I’ll just put a handle on top of it and it will be a handbag.” As for when we’ll be seeing the fifth Pirates movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said codirectors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg arrived in Hollywood last week. “They’re in full form preparing the picture,” said Bruckheimer, who also produced The Lone Ranger. “We hope to start at the end of the year, the beginning of next year.” Can’t wait.
Christie Brinkley sizzles in sexy swimsuit at 59 CHRISTIE Brinkley proves that 59 is the new 30. The almost 60-year-old blonde bombshell stuns in a new sexy swimsuit spread in Haute Living New York. Brinkley shows off her legs and fit body as she poses in an ivory bandage swimsuit by Hervé Léger with matching Christian Louboutin pumps. “I came across an older picture of me that someone had posted on Facebook and I totally remember squirming and feeling very fat while I was shooting it,” Brinkley tells Haute Living. “And I look at it now and think, I was actually really thin! How is it possible that I felt so uncomfortable in that body?” A photographer discovered Brinkley while she was studying art in Paris when she was just 18 years old. “When I started out, models were the proverbial clothes hangers. You were just to be quiet, put the clothes on and do as you were told,” she recalls. “Over the years, models have become brands. There’s endless potential in this career now. While modeling, I’ve also been a boxing photographer, I’ve written a book, I’ve opened lots of different
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Monsters University: 5 things you should know to be too ghoul for school RAH, rah, rah! Give a cheer for this Revenge of the Nerds remake with monsters! OK, it’s not exactly that, but Pixar’s prequel to Monsters, Inc. does evoke college comedies like Nerds, Animal House, Old School and others.
Tiny, ambitious Mike (Billy Crystal) and hulking hotshot Sulley (John Goodman) butt heads during their freshman year at MU and get kicked out of the school’s elite Scare Program. To win their way back in, they and their misfit fraternity bros, the Oozma Kappas, have to take top prize at The Scare Games. Do you wanna be Big Beast on Campus? Show your MU spirit by checking out these 5 frightfully fun facts: Digital Makeovers Are Better Than Botox: Pixar’s animators struggled with how to make well-known characters Sulley and Mike look appropriately younger. They decided to shorten Sulley’s horns, brighten his eyes, make him thinner, and add an unruly tuft
of teenage hair—beastly bedhead! For Mike, they studied how frogs age and then gave the green guy a smoother, slimmer look. But it wasn’t enough, so they added a retainer to his teeth. Who knew monsters needed braces? The Queen of Creepy: Dame Helen Mirren lends her regal voice to imperious Dean Hardscrabble, head of the Scare School. Hardscrabble is a horrifying but elegant creature with dragon wings and a centipede body. For inspiration, the brave folks at Pixar brought in an Amazonian giant centipede, scolopendra gigantea (say that three times fast), which can reach 12 inches in length and has a toxic bite that’s been likened to a gunshot wound. Ugh, we’d be totally buggin’!
Monster Appreciation 101: MU has a bustling campus, populated with nearly 500 different characters. When creating the vast number of creatures, animators worked from six monster archetypes: “Charlies” with eyeballs on eye sticks and tentacles for arms and legs; human-looking “Spiffs” that have a horn for a nose; castle-shaped “Pills” with three eyes and skinny limbs; hulking “Blocks” with square-shaped bodies; and slug-like “Fungus Monsters” that slide along the ground. Yes, this will be on the final exam.
Getting Schooled About Schools: To research the look and layout of Monsters University, the Pixar production team visited several top colleges across the country—from the East Coast (Harvard, MIT) to the West (Stanford, UC Berkley). They soaked up the campus atmosphere, hung out at fraternity houses, and even attended a bonfire event at UC Berkley prior to a big football game against Stanford. No, really, this was homework. Spooktacular Collaborators: Composer Randy Newman returns for his seventh Pixar collaboration. Past efforts have scored him two Oscar wins for Best Original Song: “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. and “We Belong” from Toy Story 3. Actor John Ratzenberger continues his unbroken Pixar streak, having voiced roles in all their feature films, including Hamm in the Toy Story movies, Mack in both Cars, and Yeti again for Monsters University. These industrious dudes deserve honorary degrees.
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HEAVY METAL 400,000 watch as Heat parades trophy M
IAMI (AP) -- The last piece of confetti had landed, the Miami Heat championship celebration was officially over and many in the crowd of revelers were starting to make their way to the exits. Players and coaches remained on the stage. They were in no hurry to leave. Every member of the NBA champions stood and watched a giant video board play highlights of Miami’s march through
the playoffs, from LeBron James’ MVP-caliber plays on both ends to Ray Allen’s season-saving 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and countless moments in between. ‘’It’s a special group,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘’You know what? This season started over nine months ago with that trip to China and we were able to experience so many cool things together in
MOVING ON. Maria Sharapova serves against Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. Sharapova won 7-6 6-3.
the regular season. But at times, it just seems to be going by so fast.’’ So maybe that’s why the Heat aren’t ready to stop celebrating this title just yet. With an estimated 400,000 people
lining the downtown Mi-
ami streets, the Heat held their parade and an
HEAT PARADE. Newly crowned NBA champion Miami Heat led by stars Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade during the team’s victory parade.
in-arena rally afterward Monday. James stood atop a double-decker bus with a cigar in his mouth for the parade. Shane Battier blew kisses to the crowd, Dwyane Wade raised three fingers aloft and Chris Andersen flapped his arms in a nod to his ‘’Birdman’’ moniker. ‘’It’s the ultimate,’’ James told Sun Sports, the Heat broadcast partner. ‘’It’s the ultimate. This is what I came down here, to be able to have a parade
at the end of the year. I’m extremely blessed, man. It doesn’t get any better than this.’’ Several players held super-soaker squirt guns and sprayed water on fans, confetti dotted the streets, and horns honked from all directions. Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley stood in the front of one bus, while Spoelstra - his championship cap turned backward - waved and clapped at fans.
Maria back in business after that Serena spat L
ONDON (Reuters) - Third seed Maria Sharapova moved on from her weekend spat with Serena Williams by returning to her day job on Monday and earning a 7-6(5) 6-3 win over Kristina Mladenovic in a tricky first round match at Wimbledon. The Russian had been embroiled in a conflict with Williams after a magazine interview with the world number one that included a reference the reporter interpreted as an attack on Sharapova’s relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov. “I’ve said everything that I wanted to say about the issue,” Sharapova, who told the American on Saturday to keep her nose out of other people’s business, told a news conference. “You know, Wimbledon (has) started. This is my work. This is
my job. I’d really appreciate it if we move on.” Even if those asking the questions were not ready to move on, Sharapova tried to make it business as usual even though her match was not quite as easy as a firstround clash might be. Frenchwoman Mladenovic exuded a confidence way above her world ranking of 37 as she matched 2004 Wimbledon champion Sharapova every step of the way in the first set, with neither player dropping serve on their way to the tiebreak. It took until 5-5 in the breaker for Sharapova to earn a set point which she converted with a backhand volley. The 26-year-old Russian, losing finalist in 2011, stepped up her game in the second set and Mladenovic’s challenge came to an end as Sharapova set up a meeting with Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito in the next round.
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Rafa exits in first round, Federer, Murray breeze through
ONDON (AP) -- Just like that, in a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career. Limping occasionally and slower than usual, but unwilling afterward to blame an old left knee injury, the two-time Wimbledon winner exited 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 Monday
against 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium one of the most stunning results ever at the All England Club. ‘’Nobody remembers the losses. People remember the victories,’’ Nadal said, shaking his head as he leaned back in a black leather chair. ‘’And I don’t want to remember that loss.’’ Everyone else definitely will.
It certainly belongs in the same category as his loss a year ago at Wimbledon, in the second round to Lukas Rosol, a player ranked 100th at the time. After that setback, Nadal missed about seven months because of his bad left knee. Since returning, he had gone 43-2 and reached the finals at all nine tournaments he entered, winning seven. Most recently, in Paris,
he collected his 12th Grand Slam trophy, tied for thirdmost in history, while extending his winning streak to 22 matches. ‘’Two weeks ago, I was in a fantastic situation, winning a fantastic tournament,’’ Nadal said. ‘’Two weeks later, I lost here in the first round. That’s the positive and the negative thing about this sport.’’ His early defeat rendered moot all the debate
in the preceding days about whether Nadal’s No. 5 seeding was appropriate or whether Wimbledon officials should have bumped him higher because of past success at the grass-court tournament. In five appearances at Wimbledon from 2006-11 (he missed the 2009 edition because of knee trouble), Nadal reached the final five times. He won the 2008 and 2010 champi-
onships, and was the runner-up to Roger Federer in 2006-07, then to Novak Djokovic in 2011. Because of Nadal’s lowfor-him seeding this time his ranking slid during his time off - he wound up in the same half of the draw as seven-time champion Federer and second-seeded Andy Murray. A possible Nadal-Federer quarterfinal loomed, as did a potential Nadal-Murray semifinal.