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Disaster Waiting to Happen

Instead of an early warning device, the contractor of this road repair work in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur left this pile of dirt in the middle of an unfinished pavement. Photo taken 28 November 2016. (Mindanews Photo).....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

No repeat of Mendiola Massacre, says Panelo

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo has assured that a repeat of the Mendiola Massacre in 1987 won’t happen under the administration of President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

NDRRMC issues flashflood warning for Bicol

MANILA, Philippines - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued a general flashflood advisory for the Bicol region while ma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Families trapped in Maguindanao, North Cot flood rescued

DATU MONTAWAL, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 January) &'8212;  Army rescue teams and local government disaster response workers rescued several families trapped by floodwaters in two separate incidents in Maguindanao and North Cotabato Friday and Saturday. The ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team(ARMM-HEART) and 6th Army Division rescue team rescued at 3 a.m. Saturday 13 families in Sitio [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Nearly 2,000 famlies displaced by flood in Kabacan  

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 January) &'8212; Nearly 2,000 families have sought refuge on higher ground due to flooding since Thursday, the local disaster office reported. David Don Saure, head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office, disclosed that in their initial validation, at least 1,923 families  from five low-lying barangays were displaced when the nearby [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Rocket guys shake PH hotel industry

Two young Frenchmen, working for Rocket Internet SE of Germany, are shaking the Philippine accommodation industry, offering budget hotel rooms in premium locations such as Manila, Cebu and Boracay for as low as P850 a night......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Federer gracious in praise of Sunday opponent at Aussie Open

DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As befitting his status as a 17-time Grand Slam champion and as an astute judge of the sport, Roger Federer's reply to a simple question about his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his stylish groundstrokes. The player in question was Kei Nishikori, who plays Federer in a fourth-round night match Sunday at Rod Laver Arena. 'I'm a big fan of his game,' Federer said. 'He's got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or cross-court. He's got wonderful second serve returns. He's fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm, he's tough to stop.' Federer said he'll need another strong service game if he's going to give Nishikori some trouble. In Federer's win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday, he didn't face a break point and he won points on 95 percent of the first serves he got into play — 39 of 41, and all 16 in the third and final set. 'This one's going to be completely different to Tomas ... there's going to be more rallies, even though the surface remains fast. I said it at the beginning of the week, it's not easy to control the ball. Today again, when you serve well, it pays dividends. I hope I can keep that up against Kei.' Asked if Nishikori should be considered the favorite because of the No. 5 seeding (Federer is 17th after a six-month left knee injury layoff) Federer replied, smiling: 'Yeah, sure, he's the favorite. Maybe. I don't know.' Nishikori said he watched some of the Federer-Berdych match and was impressed. 'Roger, it's a big challenge for me,' Nishikori said. 'I'm just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back 100 percent.' Here are some other featured matches Sunday: ___ NO PRESSURE: Top-seeded Andy Murray plays Mischa Zverev in an afternoon match at Margaret Court Arena. Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, is heavily favored. The 50th-ranked Zverev, the older brother of 19-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev — who lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round — says Murray could go either way while pondering his ranking advantage. 'I don't know if it's more pressure on him or maybe it's a relief,' Mischa Zverev said. 'If someone like Novak (Djokovic) is out of the tournament, I feel like the whole rhythm of the tournament changes a little bit, so we'll see what's going to happen.' Zverev hopes to possibly rile the often volatile Murray. 'If he plays his best tennis, obviously I don't think I have a lot of chances, but it'll depend on the day,' he said. 'Let's see if I can annoy him a little bit. If I'm serving well and not missing any volleys, maybe I can do some damage.' ____ KERBER IN CONTROL?: Defending champion Angelique Kerber plays American CoCo Vandeweghe in the match following Federer-Nishikori on Rod Laver. Kerber holds a 2-0 career edge, although the last time the two played — in Wuhan, China in 2015 — Vandeweghe retired from the match with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 3-1. 'CoCo is a tough opponent ... she's serving well,' Kerber said. 'I have to move good ... bring a lot of balls back, but also be aggressive.' ___ IN BRIEF: Venus Williams, who is appearing in her 73rd Grand Slam main draw — a record for the Open era — plays Mona Barthel in an afternoon match. U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka continues his quest for titles in consecutive Grand Slams — and his fourth major overall — when he plays Andreas Seppi. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza plays Sorana Cirstea. ___ Associated Press writer Justin Bergman contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Chatto launches TaRSIER117 mobile app Turnover ambulances, trucks, up scaling disaster reponses

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Effective Development Communications Unit   Chatto launches TaRSIER117 mobile app Turnover ambulances, trucks, up scaling disaster reponses   The Telephone and Radio Systems Integrated Emergency Response or TaRSIER117 expands its services with the launch of the TaRSIER117 mobile application.   Gov. Edgar Chatto and Provincial Administrator Alfonso R. Damalerio II led [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

SAF-44

THERE is never a wrong time to focus on and doing what is right. To prompt, and if need be, reprimand the service of justice when grinding slow, and refresh the public minds of open wounds impressed with much frustration and pain. The families of the Special Action Force (SAF) 44 in the back-rooms waiting, their voices fading from the limelight, hope virtually denied?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Red alert in Mindanao areas due to heavy rains

MANILA, Philippines - Regional disaster and management councils have declared a red alert in the wake of continuous heavy rains over Northern Mindanao, Carag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

A tournament without Djokovic to hit home in Australia

DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The stark reality of an Australian Open third round without Novak Djokovic — for the first time in 11 years — hits home on Saturday when the remaining players in his half of the draw, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic among them, attempt to advance to the second week of the tournament. Djokovic was beaten on Thursday in five sets by wild-card entry Denis Istomin, the earliest that the Serbian star has left Melbourne Park in singles since his first appearance here in 2006 when he was beaten by American Paul Goldstein in the first round. 'What Novak did here is just amazing, six victories here, six titles ... so it is not possible to be every time in that situation, no?' Nadal said after his second-round win. 'So then today was probably an accident, that's all. We are athletes. We know when we are going on court we can lose and we can win. It probably was a combination that Denis played a great match and Novak didn't play his best. When this combination happens, then you are in trouble. Everything can happen. And (it) happened.' Istomin, meanwhile, plays on. He's up against 30th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta on Show Court 2 on Friday. Here's a look at some of the key matchups Saturday: ___ RAFA'S TOUGH ASSIGNMENT: Nadal plays 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in an afternoon match at Rod Laver Arena. The young German was voted the ATP Star of Tomorrow in 2015 and has mostly lived up to the hype, seeded 24th here. 'He is one of the best players in the world, without a doubt ... and one of the next Grand Slam winners,' Nadal said. 'He has a big chance to become the future world No. 1 if he's able to keep improving the way that he's doing.' Nadal has been playing well since his return to the circuit after two lengthy injury spells last year, the 14-time major winner looking almost flawless in his straight sets win over Marcos Baghdatis in the second round. Still, he's expecting to have his hands full with Zverev: 'I know I have a very tough match ... I know I need to play my best if I want to have a chance.' ___ A SERENA BREATHER?: Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams had two fairly tough matches through the first two rounds, facing Belinda Bencic, a former No. 7-ranked player now sitting at 59, and Lucie Safarova, ranked No. 61 but who Williams beat in the 2015 French Open final. Williams won both matches in straight sets. Her third-round match is against fellow American Nicole Gibbs, who Williams beat in straight sets at Stanford in 2012 in their only previous meeting. Williams said she feels she's better for the experience of having had tough opposition in the first two rounds. 'When I play players like Bencic and Safarova, they force me to play better,' Williams said. 'It forces my game from the very first day to be at a high level. I needed something to start really fast. I'm not going to complain about it.' ___ CONTRASTING STYLES: Third-seeded Milos Raonic plays Gilles Simon on Hisense Arena and the Canadian holds a 3-1 edge in career meetings. Their only Grand Slam match came in the fourth round of the 2014 French Open, when Raonic won in five sets, including 7-5 in the fifth. 'I know a lot about his game. I've watched him play a lot,' Raonic said. 'He's going to be there really trying to get me to play at his speed, his rhythm. Obviously he tries to slow things down, play low. I won't have the opportunity to get too many swings at many shots.' Which means Raonic, with one of the best serves in the game, will try to get points over quickly. 'I've got to serve well and I've got to be aggressive and I've got to take it to him. The last thing I want to do is get into this sort of game of playing long rallies with him.' ___ KONTA vs WOZNIACKI: Last year's semifinalist Johanna Konta and Caroline Wozniacki, a former No. 1 who made it to the final four here in 2011, meet for the first time in an afternoon match at Margaret Court Arena. Both have been playing well, Konta coming off a win in the Sydney International last week, and Wozniacki having dropped just seven games in her first two matches at Melbourne Park. 'She had a good last year,' Wozniacki said. 'But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter who is on the other side.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

42 houses in Agusan Sur town swept away by flood

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) &'8212; Forty-two houses La paz town in Agusan del Sur were swept away by flood waters Thursday, an official said. Cydric Cumba, chief of the La Paz Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office told MindaNews on Friday afternoon that only four of the 46 houses in Barangay Angeles were left [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Bonds, Clemens making slow gains with changing electorate

NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer The electorate is changing, however, and that could be good news for both. Bonds and Clemens inched past the 50-percent mark for the first time Wednesday, each appearing on about 54 percent of ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. For a fifth straight year, Bonds and Clemens fell short of the 75 percent needed for induction, but their support is slowly climbing. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the Hall on Wednesday. Bonds and Clemens remain on the outside looking in because of drug suspicions, but they could continue to gain ground as more new voters are welcomed into the process. 'I think, just generationally, people in their 20s and 30s look at this different than people in their 50s and 60s,' said Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, a first-time voter who supported Bonds and Clemens. 'Maybe we're missing something — I'm not one of these people that thinks, like, I'm right and they're wrong. It's just different viewpoints.' A writer can receive a Hall of Fame vote when he or she has been an active member of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years, so newcomers are always on the way. In 2015, the Hall of Fame eliminated voters who had been inactive for more than 10 years — a move that further boosted the influence of newer voters. The closest thing to a Hall of Fame exit poll is Ryan Thibodaux's online vote tracker , which has charted over half the ballots from this year's election. Of the 14 first-time voters identified on the site as of Wednesday night, 13 supported Bonds and Clemens. One of those first-time voters was Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News, who said he supported Bonds after former Commissioner Bud Selig was elected as part of this class by a veterans committee. Selig presided over the era in which drug suspicion became so rampant. 'The last few years in my Sunday column in The Buffalo News, I refused to use Barry Bonds' name. In my column, it became kind of a trademark. I just referred to him as No. 25,' Harrington said. 'So now people see my article in The Buffalo News — 'Wait a minute, how did you vote for Bonds and Clemens?' I explained in my column a couple weeks ago: To me, I felt, the Bud Selig thing was a tipping point.' Bonds and Clemens are back on the ballot next year, along with newcomers such as Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, Johan Santana and Omar Vizquel. Here are a few more things to watch: PUBLIC BALLOTS The BBWAA voted to release each voter's Hall of Fame choices to the public, starting next year. That change will add transparency to the process, although there are some concerns about groupthink and peer pressure. 'I'm very conflicted about this,' Mellinger said. 'I applaud the reasons that they are public. We are a profession that demands transparency in others, so why shouldn't we have the same here? I get all that. I can't argue against any of that. The part that I'm uncomfortable with is: I hope that people still vote their hearts and their minds and don't change based on, you know, 'I don't want to get ripped on Twitter.'' SABERMETRIC FAVORITES Raines had plenty of support in sabermetric circles. 'You've got these new stats. You've got WAR (wins above replacement). You've got all this stuff,' Raines said. 'Back in the day, when you looked at a Hall of Famer, you looked at 500 home runs, 300 wins and 3,000 hits, and a lot of times if you didn't reach those criteria, it was kind of hard for anyone to kind of look at you as a Hall of Famer. But I think the way the game has changed today, the way they look at the stats and everything, it has changed.' The next beneficiary of modern stats could be Mike Mussina, who achieved 51.8-percent approval this year. Mussina never won a Cy Young Award, but according to Baseball-Reference.com, his career WAR is comparable to that of Nolan Ryan and Bob Gibson. LOGJAM Nearly half of this year's 442 voters used the maximum 10 slots on their ballots, and although three people were elected, players like Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7) fell just short, meaning they'll be back to take up votes again next year. With some credible new candidates eligible in 2018, the 10-player limit could come into play for quite a few voters. Lynn Henning of The Detroit News has abstained from voting at all when he's felt there were more than 10 Hall-worthy players. He didn't have that problem this year, but it could happen again. 'The 10-ballot restriction is silly, it's perverse, it's unjust, it's convoluted. It's a complete affront to players who deserve recognition, when they've earned recognition and are otherwise screened out because of some arbitrary adherence to this number 10,' Henning said. 'I think it's the most outlandishly preposterous restriction I've ever been exposed to in the realm of professional voting.' SPECIALISTS One challenge Hall voters now face is evaluating players who had more specialized roles — like designated hitters and closers. 'It's easy to find context for a Vladimir Guerrero or a Mike Mussina because there are tons of outfielders in the Hall of Fame, there are tons of starting pitchers in the Hall of Fame,' said Ryan Fagan of Sporting News. 'Defining the context for a DH or for a relief pitcher, that's more challenging, because there aren't a lot of guys like that in there.' Fagan supported Edgar Martinez, a DH, but did not vote for closers Hoffman, Billy Wagner and Lee Smith. None of those four made it in. All but Smith will be on the ballot again in 2018. ___ Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

94 families displaced by flood in Sarangani town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 January) &'8212; At least 94 families in two riverside communities in nearby Alabel town in Sarangani Province were temporarily displaced after a major river swelled on Thursday night following hours of heavy rains. Ariston Lim, operations head of the Alabel Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said Friday floodwaters from [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Caraga on red alert due to heavy rains

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – The Caraga Region has been placed under red alert status because of the incessant heavy rains, flooding several communities, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council. RDRRMC Chairperson Rosauro Arnel Gonzales Jr., who is regional director of the Office of Civil Defense, said the rains are [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Classes suspended in SouthCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – Classes were suspended on Thursday morning in elementary and high school levels in Surallah town in South Cotabato due to the continuous heavy rains. Milagros Lorca, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the municipal government of Surallah ordered the class suspension as [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Forced evacuation employed in areas near Pulangi River

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – Authorities in neighboring Valencia City have started forced evacuation of residents in threatened areas near the Pulangi River starting late Wednesday evening as rains continue to pour in. Junerey Valero, coordinator of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Valencia, told MindaNews over telephone that [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

9 killed in mine disaster

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the people killed were doing maintenance work inside the mine shaft at the time of the accident. Rescuers were able to save one person, who is now in stable condition at a hospital......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Mag-utol na paslit nalunod sa Zambo Norte

DIPOLOG CITY &'' Kinompirma ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), may dalawang nalunod sa pagbaha sa probinsiya ng Zamboanga del Norte. Ayon kay Mary Ann Sabanal, admin officer ng PDRRMO, kinilala ang magkapatid na biktimang sina Lee Ann Bayron, 5-anyos, at Elay Bayron, 3-anyos, ng Lipras, Roxas, nitong pro-binsya. Dagdag ng opisyal, ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Alert level 2 declared in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Jan) – Heavy downpour since last night has never ceased in this city, bringing floods in the streets and causing minimal to no supply of potable water because of the murky water at the source. The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) here issued alert level 2 around 4 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017