Alvarez: Juvenile justice law abused

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (6th district, Neg. Occ.) said that youngsters aged 12 years old and above should be held accountable for their crimes.

Alvarez said this is the salient feature of an amendment she is pushing for Republic Act 9344 or known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 which has been “abused”.

PHL Team vies in Bangkok Open Memory

THE Philippine Memory Team will compete in the 2012 Thailand Open Memory Championship on July 7 at the Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

A silver medalist in the 20th World Memory Championship (WMC) held at the Mount River Resort Hotel in Guangzhou, China last December, the Philippine Memory Team will test the mettle of the world renowned memory athletes with Team Manager Aurelio de Leon, Roberto Racasa and Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr.

“I hope their experience in the World Championship will serve them well,” said De Leon.

Pacquiao back in LA, congratulates Spoelstra

MANILA – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is back in the United States after visiting his constituents in Sarangani province last week.

Pacquiao flew back to Los Angeles with his wife, Jinkee, where they will pick up their four children before leaving for Europe for a family vacation.

Pacquiao also congratulated Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra, who last week led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship.

The Heat made the Finals after beating Pacquiao’s favorite team, the Boston Celtics,.

“It’s okay,” Pacquiao said. “Congratulations to them that they made it.”

Pacquiao and his family still plan to visit the Holy Land.

Wade’s knee may keep him out of London Games

By: TIM REYNOLDS

MIAMI (AP) – Dwyane Wade played with knee pain throughout the playoffs. He’ll soon know exactly what was causing that problem, and if it could keep him out of the London Olympics.

One day after celebrating his second NBA championship, the Miami Heat guard told The Associated Press on Friday that he will soon have his ailing left knee examined, and acknowledges that surgery may be a possibility. Wade appeared in all 23 postseason games for Miami, averaging 22.8 points, and scored 20 in the title-clinching win for the Heat against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

”I’ve got to make a decision on what my knee needs and what’s best, because my career and finishing my career strong is what’s important to me,” Wade said. ”And I know, yeah, the Olympics are coming up. It’s something I really want to do. But at the same time, if I have to make a big decision, if something has to happen surgery-wise, that will have to be a step I have to take. My loyalty and my commitment to Miami Heat basketball is the No. 1 thing.”

Ibanez, Chavez rally Yankees past Mets 4-3

NEW YORK — Two big home runs and a brilliant effort by the bullpen sent the New York Yankees to another comeback victory against their crosstown rivals.

Raul Ibanez tied the game with a three-run homer, pinch-hitter Eric Chavez came through with a go-ahead shot moments later, and the Yankees rallied past the New York Mets 4-3 Saturday night to stop a three-game skid.

“The bullpen came in and did an incredible job,” Ibanez said.

Daniel Murphy, who hasn’t homered all season, nearly won it for the Mets in the ninth inning. With a runner aboard, he hit a drive into the right-field corner that was caught just in front of the fence for the final out.

Sharapova comes back down to earth at Wimby

LONDON – After the stellar delight of winning the French Open to complete a career grand slam, Maria Sharapova has come back down to earth at Wimbledon, scene of one of her greatest disappointments a year ago.
“I was walking around for three days with the biggest smile,” Sharapova told a Wimbledon news conference on Saturday, recalling her Roland Garros triumph a fortnight ago. “Then I got here and I better get back to reality.”
Reality meant getting used to grass again, and learning from the experience of losing to Czech Petra Kvitova in last year’s Wimbledon final, said Sharapova, world number one since her Paris victory.

Friendlies

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

FRESH FROM its best ever finish in an international tournament, the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup bronze medalist, the Philippine Azkals recently engaged in a series of friendlies or friendly games to further toughen up.

Breaking shackles

By: Juan L. Mercado

THEY’RE dubbed “cartonero” in Spain. Portuguese call them “catador de materiais recicláveis.” Until the First World Conference of Waste Pickers, in 2008, they were called “recycler”, “ragpickers” to “scavengers”.

The first shots

By: Modesto Sa-onoy

IT IS COMMONLY held and even celebrated that the first shot fired by the guerrillas against the Japanese in Negros was in Buenavista, Himamaylan City in an ambush on August 3, 1942.