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Big West Conference Tournament 2019 | Kagay-anon helps UH Rainbow Wahine to runner up finish

April 30, 2019

A Kagay-anon tennister helped her school to a runner up finish during the Big West Tournament  held Sunday, April 28 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. Although Roxanne Resma, the daughter of Misamis Oriental provincial veterinarian Dr Benjie Resma, in tandem her University of Hawai’i  team mate Michelle Pits lost their doubles match, 6-2 to the Long Beach State 49ers No. 2 team of  Natalia Munoz and Lalita Devarakonda, their team mates made up with  UH's top duo of Petra Melounova and Nikola Dolakova holding off Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer by a break, 6-4,and their No. 3 team of Alzbeta Houbova and Maayan Sela capturing the point with a 7-5 win over Carlota Casampere and Zara Lennon. In her final match as a Rainbow Wahine, Roxanne quickly dispatched LBSU’s Zara Lennon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. But the Beach's Sadaf Sadeghvaziri defeated UH's Houbova, 6-3, 6-2. UH's 60th -ranked and No. 1 Melounova dropped the first set, but came roaring back for a 3-6, 6-0 ,6-4 win over Rutkowska to give UH a 3-1 lead. Long Beach State won the last three singles matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the title. The loss snapped UH's seven-game win streak. The defending champion Rainbow Wahine have finished second in the Big West Tournament in three of the last four seasons. According to her dad Benjie, Roxanne started her tennis training early when she was but six years old with Coach Boyet Talatala at the Capitol Tennis Courts. “Even with Coach Boyet, nag-sugod nako og dula sa tournaments while training with him,”Roxanne recalls. “After a few years, I already needed more hitting partners and more players to play matches with.” Later, Roxanne was mentored by Coach Jonelle Llavore whom his students fondly called “Dada”. “Dada helped with my training. Iya ko gi-kupkop and gi-tabangan with my tennis. The Nazareth tennis courts became my home for most of my junior career,” Roxanne said. “Dada was the one who pushed me to train hard and even accompanied me to a lot of the tournaments locally and nationally.” Eventually, Roxanne was recruited by the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) based in Manila when she got to high school. To enable her to continue training at the PTA without compromising her studies, Benjie said she was enrolled at and graduated high school from Corpus Christi School in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. “She was granted special privileges by Corpus Christi with a modular type of curriculum because she was based in Manila and even had to leave the country when she had matches scheduled abroad,” Benjie recalls. “So I was still enrolled in Corpus but I was in Manila full time,” Roxanne added. “Sir Del Fierro, the teachers, and Corpus Christi school were kind and understanding enough to allow me to do a home schooling program to pursue my tennis career.” The routine meant she spent most of the days of the year in the PTA training in Manila or traveling aboard for competitions. Then she would go home for a week to take her exams and afterwards, fly back again. “PTA opened the doors for me. They took a chance on me and helped me develop my game even more. They gave me the opportunity to play abroad and earn a world ranking in juniors.” Although her highest world junior rankings was around the top 200, it was enough for her to land a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai’i some 5 years ago where she became a regular member of the UH Rainbow Wahine, thanks to her PTA coaches who recommended her to the UH Tennis Coach whom they were friends with. “So I’ve been here in Hawaii for 4 years. I finished my undergrad degree in sports marketing and I’m doing my masters in public administration. I actually just finished my last college match ever last Sunday. We lost in the finals of our conference but I won my singles match,” Roxanne noted. Asked if she had any plans of turning pro, the budding Kagay-anon tennis prodigy replied: “Realistically speaking, no. I’m not planning on going pro.” So far, her future plans hinges on a summer tennis clinic on Chicago she plans to go to and she would decide what she wanted to do after that. “But honestly speaking, I wanna take a break for a bit. Haha, I think I’m a little bit overworked after all these years. Just a quick break then bakbakan na ulit!” Good luck on the future Roxanne. Cagayan de Oro is proud of you.   Roxanne, 21, is the only daughter of Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Benjie Resma and Mrs. Monette A. Resma of 7/12 InsideOut Travel & Tours. They have two other children Aaron, 24, and Elijah, 10.

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Sri Lanka bombing updates:Bomber safehouses raided; 15 dead

April 29, 2019

  At least 15 suspected militants were killed when they blew themselves up inside their safehouse after government troops in Sri Lanka conducted a follow up raid. The raid took place in Sainthamaruthu, a place which is very near to the hometown of the suspected bombing mastermind who led the attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 churchgoers and hotel guests. The police said, armed militants opened fire when government soldiers attempted to raid a house of suspected bombers. Then they set of explosives which resulted to the deaths of three women and children. The police have also identified one civilian who was reportedly caught in the crossfire. Television footages have shown charred bodies, a drone, explosives, a rifle, a generator and batteries inside the house.  During a separate raid, government troopers recovered 150 sticks of gelignite explosive, a drone camera, IS flags, thousands of steel pellets. Based on accounts made by local media outlets, there were already more than 70 arrests carried out by police authorities and those detained persons suspected of taking part in the Easter Sunday bombings now reached over a hundred. Sri Lankan president Sirisena told members of the media that they have the arrests of 130 suspects linked to IS and still hunting for 70 more suspects who were in the country to carry out bombings.  Who were the bombers on Easter Sunday? Credit to the video owners Sri Lankan president Sirisena has confirmed that the alleged ring leader who carried out the attacks on hotels and churches was a certain Zahran Hashim, who also died during the bombing of Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. At least 9 people were suspected of carrying out the attacks based on intel reports. Intelligence reports and investigations have it that two of the alleged bombers are said to be sons of a wealthy spice trader in the country identified as Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim. He was one of Sri Lanka's richest men. The government invited him for questioning and also detained him after the attacks. One of Ibrahim's sons was allegedly the suspect who bombed Shangri-La hotel accompanied by ring leader. His other son also carried out the bombing of a high end Cinnamon Grand hotel, which is only a walking distance. Ibrahim's daughter in law reportedly detonated the bomb that blew them up during a government raid at the family's villa reportedly to avoid arresting police officers who conducted the raid. Some police officers, women and children were killed in the blast.  

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Hate-filled gunman opens fire inside Synagogue; Rabbi wounded

April 29, 2019

(MDN digital, April 28) - A hate-filled gunman opened fire Saturday inside a synagogue in Poway, Chabad California, killing one and wounding 3 others including the rabbi who was hit by the bullet in his hand while he was about to preach the message of the Passover freedom holiday. Police authorities identified those who died as Lori Kaye, while those injured were Rabbi Yisrael Goldstein, Almog Peretz, a 34-year-old man from Israel who was only visiting the place; and a still unidentified 8-year-old girl.  The lone fatality Lori Kaye was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital after the shooting but she died later. Kaye was only visiting the church to say a little prayer for her mother when she met her untimely death from a hate-filled gunman who positioned himself in front of the church entrance when he started firing. Investigation disclosed that Kaye protected the Rabbi by jumping in between the rabbi and the gunman, thus she was caught by the bullet supposedly for the Rabbi. The shooting incident took place inside a synagogue during the Passover celebration, considered among the holiest Jewish celebrations in history.   One of the injured victims Almog Peretz told reporters he is now slowly improving after he was hit by a shrapnel during the blast. He said he saw the shooter standing near the entrance door of the synagogue.  Peretz told CNN "He didn't yell anything specifically at (me)," he said. "He was across the way. He was shooting at me from across the room. I saw him staring at me."  

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Groups launch #IsyuHindiKandidato as midterm elections in PH draw near

April 29, 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL activists and other various groups have launched #IsyuHindiKandidato two weeks before the forthcoming midterm elections. The Greenpeace Philippines, together with Amnesty International Philippines, People’s Food Movement, Green Thumb Coalition, and the Public Affairs Ministry of Our Lady of Remedies Parish launched the #IsyuHindiKandidato initiative, which seeks to highlight important issues that should take the center stage this May. #IsyuHindiKandidato seeks to break through the usual election season noise--the campaign slogans and jingles, candidates’ qualifications, weightless promises--and steer the discourse towards the issues and concrete solutions needed NOW. The initiative will highlight the importance of empowering and giving hope to citizens and frontline communities, especially in the realization of the constitutional rights of the Filipino people to a healthy and balanced ecology under the framework of secure, safe, livable, and sustainable cities and municipalities. “This election will be a game changer for our country,” said Khevin Yu, campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines. “We cannot just sit and watch while politicians are engaging in nothing but mudslinging. We have to insist that we talk about issues that affect our daily lives - transportation, food, justice, security, and many other legitimate issues. Time is running out, and it is a matter of utmost urgency that we raise our voices for our issues. Our lives and the lives of our families depend on it.” A mural, entitled ‘Portraits of Resistance’, created by artist and activist AG Saño, was unveiled during the launch. The artwork depicts the character of everyday citizens rising up because their daily lives are severely affected by decisions of elected officials who crave to hold power rather than wanting to serve the public. The Portraits seeks to subvert our personality-driven election culture away from flashy politicians and towards the people that they should be serving. The launch was also followed by an #IsyuHindiKandidato caravan, where an e-jeep roamed the streets of Manila to rally the people to discuss legitimate issues on the final stretch of the campaign season. One of the volunteers who joined the program is actor and satirist Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Sabayton, who uses his influence to urge the youth to speak up and have meaningful discussions about the issues that affect their daily lives. “I have nothing to offer but my name and my actions. This election will be decided not just by the people who will cast their votes, but will also be equally decided by the apathetic, the cynical, and the uninformed. Right now, our primary duty is to educate, to discuss and, more importantly, to act and get everyone onboard as we cast our votes for a hopefully better future,” said Sabayton.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates turn ‘Pet Pals’ for a day

April 29, 2019

AFTER bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City. Reinforcing the campaign “Beyond Beauty,” the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates attended another charity activity last Friday, April 26.   After bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City.   The activity was initiated by Araneta Center’s Pet Pals program in partnership with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. The Pet Pals initiative, which started last year, welcomes pet owners and their pets to the premier live-work-play destination in the metro. For more information, visit the Pet Pals page on the Araneta Center website (www.aranetacenter.net/petpals).   The candidates donated 140 kilos of cat food to PAWS and bonded with the dogs and cats under the institution’s care. They also talked about ways to take care of pets especially during summer.   While the candidates are busy preparing for the glitzy and glamorous events of Binibining Pilipinas, including the Grand Parade of Beauties on May 25, the Fashion Show on May 29, and the Grand Coronation Night on June 9, they have also been actively personifying the Beyond Beauty slogan by attending charity events and workshops. Aside from their participation in Big Dome Lights Blue for World Autism Awareness Day and their visit at PAWS, the candidates are also scheduled to attend an activity that promotes taking care of the environment and an art appreciation workshop.     “We want the candidates to embody beauty that’s more than just physical. We want them to live the essence of a woman that is empowered, sure of herself, fearless, courageous and at the same time, loving and caring,” psychoneurologist Dr. Lia Bernardo, who facilitated their “Empowerment is Authenticity” workshop last April 11. This was the first time that all 40 candidates participated in the workshop, which in previous years was offered only to the winners of the pageant. This is just one of the changes in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant under the direction of its chair Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta.   To follow the candidates’ journey, visit www.bbpilipinas.com and follow our social media pages: @RealBbPilipinas on Facebook and Twitter and @BbPilipinasOfficial on Instagram.

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1 dead, 7 injured in Baltimore indiscriminate firing

April 29, 2019

BALTIMORE (MDN digital , April 28) - Indiscriminate firing of a lone gunman on Sunday night in Baltimore resulted to the death of one person and injuring seven others. The gunman approached two cookouts and started firing at the crowd along the corners of Edmondson and Whitmore, and pointing his gun at several men and women. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said that based on initial investigation one of the victims ran towards the Perkins Square Baptist Church, Unfortunately he already sustained gunshot wound and died later. Six other wounded persons were rushed to nearby hospitals but they have non-life threatening injuries. Police are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the motive of the gunman. But investigators clarified that while the shooting incidents were near the two churches - Doswell Cathedral and Perkins Square - it did not have any relation at all. Acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young challenged the residents to report any information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the suspect, or the motive of indescriminately firing innocent civilians. 

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