Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Not bothering to proof-read???

While doing my rounds of reading online news items, I was surprised to read a news item from Manila Bulletin titled "New Storm Heads for Metro Manila" by Rio Rose Ribaya. I'm posting the article below:
New storm heads for Metro Manila
October 27, 2009, 8:13pm
The active low-pressure area that formed in the northwestern Pacific near Eastern Visayas intensified into a storm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical, Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA said that storm “Sudal” has gained maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph while moving toward west-northwest at 26 kph, as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
Robert Sawi, chief, PAGASA weather forecasting section, said that “Sudal” might develop into a typhoon today before it enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tomorrow.
Once it enters the PAR, “Sudal’’ will be renamed “Santi,” the fourth weather disturbance to enter the country this month, after typhoons “Pepeng,” “Quedan,” and “Ramil”.
Sawi also said that the cyclone was headed for Luzon which could spoil the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day this weekend.
Weathermen said that Sudal may pass Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, before moving towards South China Sea.
He said that the chances of rain in Mindanao and some parts of Visayas are high, not because of the brewing storm but due to the prevailing intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
The oscillation of ITCZ will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms.
Weathermen said that Metro Manila will still experience good weather tomorrow and Friday.

Two glaring errors are evident in the news article.
  1. near Eastern Visayas - how far or near is near? Mirinae was formed way into the Pacific Ocean not near the eastern visayas.
  2. Sudal - the storm is named Mirinae not Sudal

Why the writer didnt bother to double check his facts, i don't know. Why this glaring errors escaped the newspaper's proof readers and editors attention, i don't know. One thing is sure, though. Manila Bulletin has the responsibility to get their data right. That's what's news is all about.

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