Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino signed an executive order today making it illegal for Filipinos and tourists to sleep under coconut trees. It is a favorite pastime especially during the dry summer months.
The new law is expected to impact millions who live or vacation in coastal areas in this country of more than 7,000 islands.
Executive order 7011 was issued in response to a recently-released study by Greenpeace Philippines which found that there are ten times more people who die each year from falling coconuts than from shark attacks. The study was released in time for shark week which began Sunday.
Violation of the the new law carries a fine of 1,000 pesos for the first offense and 5 days in jail for each subsequent offense.
Non-Filipino tourists will be immediately deported with the first violation.
San Jose, California – If you think the Washington Redskins is the only sports team that is generating a lot of controversy over its name and mascot, think again. Other teams have had their share of criticism and protest, among them, the Atlanta Braves, South Florida University Seminoles, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago Blackhawks .
The latest sports team to face ridicule is the San Jose Sharks, the popular hockey team of the Silicon Valley.
In a letter to Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, a group of international oceanographers demanded that the Sharks immediately change its name. The group said that sharks already have a bad rap because of the Hollywood movie, Jaws. “The last thing we need is to have a hockey team unnecessarily parading and promoting the ‘sharks’ name and mascot, especially if if loses its games,” the group said.
The San Jose Sharks has not issued any response to the oceanographers’ demand. It remains to be seen whether or not San Jose will remain “sharks territory.”