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14 killed in clash at PHL-Malaysia standoff By Dan Martin

Former Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III (seated at right) with his followers display placards in front of Blue Mosque in Maharlika village, Taguig city, south of Manila, March 1, 2013 (Manila time) before Friday’s clash in Sabah that left at least 14 dead, including two Malaysian police officers. (MNS photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1, 2013 (AFP) – Twelve Filipinos and two Malaysian police officers died in a clash Friday that immediately raised the pressure on dozens of Philippine intruders who are pushing a claim to Malaysian territory. The followers of the littleknown sultan of Sulu have been holed up in a remote corner of Malaysia on Borneo island since February 12, insisting that the area belongs to the self-proclaimed Islamic leader. The impasse, in which Malaysian police and military units have locked down the rural area, erupted in violence Friday when security forces moved to tighten a cordon around the intruders, police said. “The intruders fired at us, then we returned fire,” Hamza Taib, police chief of the Malaysian state

of Sabah, told AFP. “As a result of the fire, two of my men died, three were injured and... 12 intruders died.” The interlopers, who have been variously estimated at between 100 to 300 people, sailed from their remote Philippine islands to press the sultan’s claim to Sabah. They are followers of Jamalul Kiram III, 74, who claims to be the heir to the Islamic Sultanate of Sulu, which once controlled parts of Borneo as well as southern Philippine islands. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose government has been embarrassed by the security breach but has avoided overly tough talk until now, said in the wake of the clash that he told police and armed forces to take whatever action necessary to end the impasse. See 14 KILLED, page 16

18millionrising.org launched to force immigration reform LOS ANGELES – The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice and 18MillionRising.org has just launched “18 Million Hearts: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Immigration Reform.” This collaborative and innovative effort lifts up the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the current national discussion on immigration. The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is comprised of the Asian American Justice Center (Washington,

D.C.), Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles). “The time has come for us to mobilize and let other Americans know how the broken immigration system is separating and hurting Asian American and Pacific Islander families and communities,” said Betty Hung, policy director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. “Any reform of the immigration laws must fully incorporate our shared American values of family unity,

fairness, and equality.” “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are growing in strength, in number and in political power and with this campaign, we plan to flex our political muscles,” said C. M. Samala, director of 18MillionRising.org. “AAPIs are nearly two-thirds immigrant and the fastest growing racial group in the nation, including in swing states like Nevada and Virginia. In the 2012 election, AAPI voters helped to tip the balance for President Obama, for whom 73% of Asian See 18millionrising, page 16

PHL enters its first rugby World Cup competitions

Aquino signs law on biometrics voter registration

BY ALEXANDER FEDORETS

MOSCOW, Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines has just gone into unchartered waters. Today, the Asian country will not only be making its first appearance in a rugby World Cup but a world cup in any team sport. Kenya and the Philippines See PHL RUGBY, page 16

President Benigno S. Aquino III affixes his signature in the Pledge of Commitment Wall during the commemorative activities of the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in White Plains corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Monday (February 25). This year’s theme is “Pilipinas Natin, Abot Tanaw Na!”. (MNS photo)

According to the official Rugby World Cup official website, www. rugbyworldcup.com, the Philippines fielded three sets of brothers in their HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division I, including Matt Saunders (above photo with the ball). The brothers scored 79 of the Philippines 99 points as they earned promotion to the Top 5 in 2013 that eventually qualified them to compete in the World Cup, the first-ever for the Philippines. (Photo from www.rugbyworldcup.com)

MANILA, Feb 27 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the Biometrics Voter Registration measure under Republic Act No. 10367. According to the bill’s principal author, Tarlac Rep. Susan Yap, the new law “seeks to establish a clean, complete, permanent and updated list of voters through the adoption of biometrics technology.” Under the new law, registered

voters without biometrics submit themselves for validation beginning July 1, 2013. Registered voters who fail to submit for validation on or before that last day of filing of application for registration for the May 2016 elections shall be deactivated. But they may still apply for reactivation after the May 2016 elections following the proceSee BIOMETRICS, page 16

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Two Fil-Ams vying for Cerritos City Council seats By Dan E. Nino

Cerritos, CA – Two Filipino-Americans are vying for two seats of the City Council of Cerritos in the March 5 local election. Current City Planning Commissioner Frank Aurelio Yokoyama and retired Social Worker Alejandro Estella are running for the first time to fill the two open slots. Other candidates include re-electionist Carol Chen, ABC School Board Member James Kang, businessman George Ray, retired police officer K.Y. Ma and homemaker Gerad Valencia. Frank Aurelio Yokoyama The 44-year-old Yokayama’s parents are Francisca “Chit” Yokoyama originally from Subic, Zambales and Tom Yokoyama from Sacramento, California who served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. The family moved to Cerritos in 1976. Frank was born at Fort Benning, Georgia and attended public schools at the ABC Unified School District. After finishing high school at Whitney High, he went to UC Berkeley for his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Thereafter, he graduated from Harvard Law School. He came back to Cerritos with his wife the former Wendy Ha, a KoreanAmerican to raise their two children Frank A. Yokoyama is endorsed by U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Cerritos Councilmember Mark Pulido, former Mayor Laura Lee, ABC School Board members Lynda Johnson, Armin Reyes and Olympia Chen, ABC School Board President Celia Spitzer, Cerritos College Trustee Dr. Tino

Cho, Los Angeles County Firefighters, Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club, California State Assembly Cristina Garcia, Artesia Councilmember and former Mayor Victor Manalo, former State Assemblyman Tony Mendoza and former ABC School Board President Cecy Groom as well as several current and former City commissions and committee members. Yokoyama is also endorsed by the 2012 Pulitzer Prize candidate Los Cerritos Community News. In its endorsement statement, the weekly paper said, “Yokoyama will bring a new sea of change at Cerritos City Hall, one that has been needed for quite some time. Yokoyama is a firebrand member of the Cerritos Planning Commission who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo or to ask tough questions. Yokoyama’s addition to the Cerritos City Council will ensure a dramatic change on how business is conducted in the city hall.” Yokoyama is a lawyer, businessman and realtor who runs the family realty business in Cerritos. As a Cerritos Planning Commissioner, Frank, together with his colleagues in the City Planning Commission, reviews and approves plans for new businesses and home improvements “to strengthen the local economy and increase property values for Cerritos residents. As a homegrown Cerritos resident, Frank also coaches basketball and soccer youth teams and active in the PTA and school foundations. In his campaign flyers, Yokoyama stated that he is running for the City Coun-

Azhar urges militants to free Arabiya reporter Cairo, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) – The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims, on Wednesday urged Islamist militants in the Philippines to free a reporter with Al-Arabiya news channel seized in June. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb called upon kidnappers to “revert to right and religious principles... which stress that kidnapping and terrorism are prohibited,” in a statement released by his office in Egypt’s capital. He urged the kidnappers of Bakr Atyani, a Jordanian journalist working for Dubai-based Al-Arabiya, to set him free and let him “return safely” to his family. “This shameful act of kidnapping, terrorism and putting the lives of people at risk for a small sum of money contradicts the principles of Islam,” Tayeb said. “It also violates the freedoms guaranteed in all conventions and international norms,” he said. Atyani and two Filipino crew members went missing last June on the remote Philippine island of Jolo, which is notorious for Islamist militants and kidnappings, and a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf small Islamist movement that has been blamed for most of the country’s attacks and kidnappings. Earlier this month, the militants released the two crew members, who said they were separated from Atyani on the fifth day of their captivity. Abu Sayyaf group was founded with seed money from Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network to fight for an independent Islamic state, though it later turned into a criminal gang. US special forces have been rotating in the southern Philippines for more than a decade to train local troops in crushing Abu Sayyaf which is on Washington’s list of wanted foreign terrorist organizations.

cil “to ensure Cerritos remains a safe and vibrant place for our families.” He has a four-point platforms: “with public safety as his number one priority protecting homes and families putting a stop to home burglaries; reinvest in infrastructures where streets, sidewalks, walls and city trees are maintained; preserving critical services and programs like public safety, senior services and youth programs opposing fee increases on sports programs; and espouse fiscal responsibility to secure the future of Cerritos in the post-redevelopment era.” In his letter to Cerritos residents, Congressman Lowenthal wrote, “Frank Yokoyama will make sure our city focuses on the safety and livability of our neighborhoods while maintaining the world-class city services we’ve all come to expect.” Alejandro Estella Relatively unknown candidate is Alejandro Estella, a 66-year-old retired U.S. Navy, former Kaiser Permanente employee and part-time social worker of the Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services. Although he may seem to have a long shot in his bid for the Cerritos Council, Estella’s motto is to “make rounds and check your surroundings, talk to people, listen and act.” He joined the U.S. Navy in 1960 during the Vietnam war and retired after serving 23 years. While working at Kaiser Permanente in the evenings, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. In his statement filed with the local

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registrar’s office, he stated, “I will do my very best to serve for the betterment of our community and its residents. My family and I enjoy living in Cerritos.” He is endorsed by his fellow tennis players in and around the City of Cerritos.

UAE court orders Nepalese jailed for sexually harassing Pinay MANILA, Feb 28 (Mabuhay) – A United Arab Emirates (UAE) court this week sentenced a Nepalese cook to three months in jail after finding him guilty of sexually harassing a Filipina colleague. The Filipina, 22, had accused the Nepalese cook, 33, of repeatedly asking her to be his girlfriend despite her rejections, according to a report of the news site Gulf News. The Filipina also accused the cook of groping her more than once. The court also ordered the cook deported once he has served his sentence, the report said. However, the primary verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days. In her testimony, the Filipina restaurant worker said the

Nepalese ignored her repeated rejections of his advances. She recalled that he once came to the reception area where she worked. Then he allegedly groped her suddenly. “I pushed him away and asked him to stop,” she said. The Nepalese denied the claim, saying he never did that. However, the Gulf News report cited prosecution records that showed the Nepalese admitted to groping the woman. The Filipina said she once scolded the Nepalese cook for groping her. “He promised that it was the last time, but he continued harassing me. Another day he came out from the kitchen and put a paper in my pocket; he then kept his hand inside and groped my posterior until I slapped his arm strongly,” she said in the Gulf News report. (MNS)

Fil-Am GK advocate runs barefoot in Antarctica A Filipino American from North Carolina is running barefoot in Antarctica today and attempts to be the first man to run a full marathon barefoot in Antarctica, seeking a Guinness World Record. Eddie Vilbar Vega, a member of GK USA’s Heroes Run team in North Carolina, likewise aims to raise global awareness on the work of Gawad Kalinga and help raise funds to support the movement. The first-ever official marathon in Antarctica was held on January 28, 1995 and since then, there have been at least one or two full and half marathons per year. This year, the 2013 White Continent Marathon will be held on February 25, 2013 at King George Island. Vega, 53 years old, started running full marathons five years ago. Back in 2007, he started in GK USA’s Heroes Run Team in North Carolina, and his first run was the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh. But the high from finishing 26.2 miles (42 km) was not enough – Vega was bitten by the marathon running bug, and he hasn’t stopped running. As of February 16, 2013, Vega has run 66 full marathons and 8 ultramarathons (distance of 50K or greater). Of these, 66 were run using Vibrams, those thin “near-barefoot shoes” with five toes. He has run only three marathons barefoot and has set the goal of being the first person to run a full marathon

barefoot in all 50 U.S. states. A volunteer and advocate of GK, Vega will continue running to help raise awareness and support the GK movement. Gawad Kalinga is a Philippine-based nation-building movement whose main strategy is to mobilize and engage all sectors of society to work together in ending poverty. It offers a concrete solution to the overwhelming problem of poverty through a community development template that has values-formation at its core and employs an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with special focus on restoring the dignity and productivity of the poor. GK has built over 100,000 houses in over 2,000 communities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In the United States, GK is officially represented by GK USA, a 501©(3) non-profit organization registered in California. Established in more than 20 areas in the U.S., GK USA promotes wide-range collaborations and partnerships to strengthen the Filipino diaspora in the U.S. and envisions “a world where the spirit of bayanihan lives.” Loosely translated, bayanihan is the spirit of communality that binds people together. It is this same spirit of caring, sharing, and helping that fuels the work of GK: the belief that it is the collective acts of people which makes great and even heroic visions possible.


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Beijing restaurant removes ‘racist’ sign after fury BEIJING, Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) – A defiant Beijing restaurant manager refused to apologise Thursday despite removing a “racist” sign barring citizens of states in maritime disputes with China, along with dogs, following an international outcry. The notice in the window of the Beijing Snacks restaurant read: “This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s)” in both Chinese and English. But despite taking down the sign after accusations of racism, the manager said he had no regrets and would not apologize for any offence caused. Images of the sign went viral in Vietnam and were splashed across newspapers in the Philippines on Wednesday. Both are involved in bitter territorial disputes with China over islands in the South China Sea. The manager, surnamed Wang, said it was taken down “because it was a lot of bother”. “I don’t have any regrets,” he told AFP. “I was just getting too many phone calls about it.” He seemed surprised at the attention

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Hong Kong court hears landmark maid residency case BY AARON TAM

HONG KONG, Feb 26, 2013 (AFP) – Hong Kong’s top court on Tuesday began a hearing to decide whether the hundreds of thousands of domestic workers who make a living in the Asian financial hub are eligible to seek residency. The case, brought by Filipina maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos, could also reopen the controversial issue of whether children born in Hong Kong to mainland Chinese parents have the right to stay. Vallejos won a High Court ruling in 2011 granting her the right to request permanent residency status, denied to foreign maids until then. The government appealed against that ruling last March, successfully arguing the authorities had discretionary power to decide who was eligible for residency and that restrictions on maids were not unconstitutional or discriminatory. Hong Kong’s 300,000 foreign maids receive a minimum wage of HK$3,920 (US$505) a month and benefits such as one guaranteed day off a week, but rights groups say they face discrimination and a lack of legal protection from abusive employers. Campaigners argue they should not be treated any differently from other foreigners who flock to the former British colony to seek professional work and who are eligible to apply for permanent residency after seven years. “If you have a purpose that is regular and your presence is lawful and your presence is here for seven years continuously... and there has been no discontinuity, you would expect to succeed,” Vallejos’ lawyer Michael Fordham said in court. The hearing in the Court of Final Appeal is expected to last up to three days but a decision may not be handed down for some time. Government officials have warned

that making domestic helpers eligible for permanent residency could open the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of residency requests from maids, some of whom have lived in Hong Kong for decades. The case has also highlighted the issue of the city’s judicial independence from Beijing, as it could potentially reopen the issue of whether the children of mainland Chinese parents can stay in Hong Kong. The government has said the case should be referred to Beijing for its reinterpretation of the Basic Law, the mini-constitution which sets out the city’s semi-autonomous status and rights since its return to China in 1997. If that were to happen, Beijing would also need to decide on the status of children born to mainland Chinese parents who weren’t permanent residents at the time of their birth, according to Basic Law expert Professor Lin Feng. Lin said the government’s request to the court “puts the judiciary under pressure, but they can say no and we don’t need to seek clarification”. In 1999 the Court of Final Appeal ruled that children of people who have right of abode also have that right, even if their parents were not permanent residents at the time of their birth. Hong Kong’s government asked Beijing to “reinterpret” the Basic Law after claiming an extra 1.6 million people in China could obtain the right of abode, causing a severe social and economic strain on the densely populated city. Beijing subsequently ruled that children born outside Hong Kong were only eligible for right of abode if at least one parent was already a permanent resident. However, in 2001 the Court of Final Appeal ruled that children born in Hong Kong to mainland parents had right of abode regardless of whether their parents were legal residents.

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MANILA, Feb 28 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will respect the decision of the Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP) to stop the deployment of Filipino household service workers to Hong Kong. SHARP, an association of Philippine recruitment agencies that deploy Filipino maids to Hong Kong, is starting a deployment moratorium today (February 28). Labor Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz said the DOLE decision was reached after SHARP president Fred Palmiery presented the reasons for the moratorium Palmiery had admitted to the POEA Governing Board that “as a result of their business transactions with their Hong Kong counterpart agencies, where cutthroat competition is prevalent, service fees were collected from Filipino HSWS, in clear violation of the POEA Rules and Regulations.” Baldoz said the POEA has been instructed to investigate the matter and submit their findings and recommendations to the POEA Board as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong urged the government to lift the ban on direct hiring in order to allow OFWs to get jobs overseas without going through recruiters who charge exorbitant fees. “We will not be made casualties of the profit war between private recruitment agencies in the Philippines and in Hong Kong. We demand for the Aquino government to protect our livelihood and rights over the vast profit recruiters and his government squeeze from our sweat by lifting the ban on direct hiring,” said Eman Villanueva, secretary general of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong, said in a statement. “Villanueva criticized recruiters who have been charging OFWs “the equivalent of four to five times more than what they earn monthly.” Villanueva noted that the “no placement fee” provision contained in the 2006 POEA Guidelines on Hiring Filipino Household Service Workers is being routinely violated by these private recruitment agencies. (MNS)


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Jimenez to overseas Filipinos: Come home more often MANILA, Feb 28 (Mabuhay) – It’s the sense of national pride which will attract more tourists to the Philippines, said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. “You see, to build a nation, one can only begin with the more basic ingredients. It comes from a simple idea of ‘national pride’,” said Jimenez who delivered his message during the closing ceremonies of the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora.

Jimenez explained that its the person’ s self esteem and confidence which will make people ‘sit up and take notice”. “They will praise you for your hard work. They will praise you for your perseverance, for your intelligence, for your discipline. But if you are confident in yourself, they will follow you to the Philippines,” he said. During the global summit, the Department of Tourism also presented an audio

visual presentation for its slogan “Its more fun in the Philippines.” “When we claim that life is more conceptual, it’s more fun in the Philippines, it is an invitation to the world and even more importantly, a reminder to each other everywhere we are that we share more than language. We share a common view of our word.” “We remind each other of the things that matter most: family, friendship and

God,” he said. The DOT secretary also made an appeal to the overseas Filipinos present during the summit. “Have I got a job for you. I want you to go into the social networking and begin to connect with everyone else in the world. I urge you, come home more often. I have a feeling a lot of people will follow you here,” he said. (MNS)

Bacolod church risks raps over ‘Team Patay’ poster MANILA, Feb 28 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections has sent notice to Bacolod City Bishop Vicente Navarra to remove the oversized “Team Patay vs Team Buhay” poster in a Bacolod City church or risk being held liable for an election offense. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poster is beyond the allowed 2x3 size limit for campaign posters. Brillantes previously said that posters on private properties, including the church, are allowed so long as these are within the prescribed sizes and with the consent of the property owner. The Comelec chairman said the local church in Bacolod wrote the poll body after they were asked by the local election officer to remove the oversized poster. The poster was cut in half, but the remaining

posters were still beyond the size limit. “Sumulat sila kasi pinatatanggal ng election officer kasi oversized. Pinutol nila, oversized pa rin,” he said. Brillantes said church wants Comelec to clarify first why it considers the poster as election propaganda and not an advocacy poster of the church. He said the letter from the church said they will only remove the poster after the Comelec clarification. “Di nila tinatanggal. Sumulat na kami kahapon. Sinabi namin tanggalin niyo iyan. If everybody will say di muna tatanggalin iyan, di wala na kami mahuhuli. When we say take it out, that’s our finding, na illegal,” he said. He added: “If you’re endorsing a product at andun kandidato, that’s propaganda. Nandiyan kandidato, Team Patay Team Buhay. It is an endorsement of candidates.

Definitely campaign propaganda. Walang privileges just because you belong to the church. Yun pinagdedebatehan naming, sino ba may-ari ng simbahan. Kung ako sa kanila, tanggalin nila palitan nila ng within size.” The Comelec chief said they are now mulling charges against the church. “Yun pinag-aaralan namin. Pinadalhan na namin sinulat.” The Bacolod diocese earlier put up large tarpaulins that branded as “Team Patay” senatorial candidates who supported the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.

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Salvage crews break up US Navy ship MANILA, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) – Salvage teams have begun cutting up a US Navy ship stranded on a UN World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines in a process that could take almost month, the coastguard said on Wednesday. The smokestack, or funnel, of the minesweeper USS Guardian was lifted off on Tuesday while the mast was removed on Wednesday, marking a major step in the operation, said coastguard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude. The 68-metre (223-foot) vessel ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in a remote part of the Sulu Sea on January 17 and strong winds and heavy seas have hampered the operation to dismantle it. The United States has repeatedly apologised for the incident, which it has blamed on faulty maps, but the incident has fuelled anger in the Philippines, a former American colony and important US ally in the Asia-Pacific region. “Most of the equipment on top of the deck has already been transferred to a barge but they have yet to remove the large equipment inside the ship,” Jude told AFP. The dismantling of the ship has been repeatedly delayed by bad weather, she said. The US Navy had originally targeted March 23 for the full removal of the vessel but the recent bad weather could now change the timeframe, Jude said without giving details.

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“Now there is no grace period for the group to leave,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysian media, blaming the intruders for sparking the violence. Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman also said the incident left a “small window of opportunity to arrive at a peaceful conclusion.” “We are exerting every effort to seize that opportunity, and are hopeful that the Kiram family and their followers will seize it with us, so that further bloodshed may be avoided,” spokesman Ricky Carandang said. He said Aquino “deeply regretted the loss of life,” but added: “We have maintained that this action of the Kirams was not the correct way to assert their claims.” Hamza said the clash began when the sultan’s followers opened fire, but did not make clear how the two security personnel were killed. Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama reported two police commandos died when they were hit by mortar fire as they patrolled around the village where the gunmen were holed up. However, Kiram’s spokesman Abraham

Idjirani earlier blamed Malaysian forces for sparking the clash, saying snipers had killed 10 of the sultan’s men and wounded four others. The leader of the invaders, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, a brother of the selfproclaimed sultan, avoided capture in the shootout and remains in Sabah with his men to continue the fight, Idjirani added. “This is just the beginning,” he warned. Philippine foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez said Manila had formally demanded a full account of the shootout. The Islamic Sultanate of Sulu leased northern Borneo to Europeans in the 1870s. While the sultanate’s authority gradually faded as Western colonial powers exerted their influence over the region, it continued to receive lease payments for Sabah. The former British colony became part of the federation of Malaysia when it was formed in 1963. Kiram and the other heirs of the sultan still receive nominal annual compensation from Malaysia – the equivalent of about $1,700. Idjirani suggested last week that the men would stand down if the compensation was substantially raised.

It also put up tarpaulins for Team Buhay senatorial candidates that rejected the bill. Under “Team Patay” are Sen. Francis Escudero, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, former Akbayan party-list representative Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Loren Legarda, Cong. Jackie Enrile, Cong. Teddy Casiño and Cong. Edgardo Juan Angara. Under “Team Buhay” are Cong. Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Cong. Mitos Magsaysay and former congresswoman Cynthia Villar. (MNS)

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WB says Pantawid Pamilya ‘on track’; should be extended MANILA, Mar 1 (Mabuhay) – The World Bank on Friday said it wants to extend the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, noting the antipoverty measure was “on track” to achieving its goals. In a report, the Washington-based lender said it found that children of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are enrolling and attending schools, with improved health due to regular visits to health stations, and pregnant mothers getting proper care. Among the recipient barangays surveyed, the report lists the following findings comparing enrolment and school attendance between beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries: • In Pantawid barangays, 76 percent of preschoolers are enrolled in daycare, compared to 65 percent in non-Pantawid barangays; • Among school children at age 6-11, 98 percent of children in Pantawid barangays are enrolled in school, as against 93 percent in non-Pantawid barangays; and • Children in Pantawid barangays from age 6-14 also have higher school attendance (95-96 percent) compared to children in non-Pantawid barangays (91 percent).


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Customarily, the female lays a single egg in November or December and the chick hatches a month later, he said. In a project backed by the US-based Raptor Resource Project and the Internet videosharing site Ustream.tv, the pair can now be viewed 24 hours a day over the next 12 months at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29615691 “Even for biologists, there is so much more that we need to learn about this species,” Pinsoy said. The Philippine eagle, or Pithecophaga jefferyi, is the world’s largest eagle in terms of length. It is found only in the country’s vanishing forests, where hunting, logging and land conversion all threaten its survival.

The bird, with a distinctive shaggy and cream-colored crest, grows to up to 3.35 feet (one meter) in length with a wing span of up to seven feet. According to the foundation and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, there are only about between 180 to 500 pairs in the wild. The two eagles involved in the livestreaming project have both been rescued from hunters, rehabilitated and paired, Pinsoy said. They have regularly been producing chicks for the foundation’s captive breeding program near the southern city of Davao, he added.(MNS)oa

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FACC-SLAA meeting at Carson DoubleTree Mar. 4 Carson, CA – The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce South Bay Los Angeles announced that its monthly meeting will be held at the Carson DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 pm. Evelyn Andamo, president of the FACC-SLAA said that the meeting will discuss the Philippine American Friendship Day on July 4 at the Home Depot Center, the upcoming business mixer on March 14 and the scholarship project of the Chamber. “We are thankful to Carson DoubleTree Hotel by the Hilton for sponsoring the Chamber’s meeting this March. We invite interested businesses to come and network with our members,” Andamo said further. Meanwhile, Cynthia Tan coordinator of the business and networking mixer of the Filipino American Chamber South Bay Los Angeles invited business owners to come to its networking mixer on March 14 at the Long Beach Airport Holiday Inn, 2640 North Lakewood Boulevard Long Beach, California USA 90815. Tan said that there will be raffle prizes for those attending the event. Admission cost is $15. Those attending the mixer which has a St. Patrick’s Day theme are requested to wear green. For more information, call (562) 597-4401 or (310) 987-8886.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Brillantes urged Madrigal to stop the iPad raffle since it could be seen as violating Section 97 of the Omnibus Election Code. In the raffle, contestants are asked to complete the statement: “Corruption is bad because...?” United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Mitos Magsaysay, meanwhile, twitted Madrigal for passing on the blame of the online contest to volunteers. “Hindi niya puwedeng ipakasalanan sa youth sector niya ang isyu ng iPad, siya ang nagtweet nun,” she said in a news report. Madrigal told Comelec she learned 2 things from the experience: that people are enraged by corruption and that a lot of young people want an iPad. She said the online contest received hundreds of entries, all saying why people think corruption is bad. “Para sa akin maganda ang epekto nito dahil madami ang mulat na ang mata at walang takot magsalita laban sa corruption. This is a good indication of political maturity,” she said in a statement. She also said she felt the clamor of young people for access to information. “Naramdaman ko din ang clamor hindi lang ng kabatan para sa isang powerful

gadget, but I think it’s more than the gadget kundi yung clamor nila to access information. Ngayon ko lang po naisip ng husto ang importansya nito, I used to considered the iPad as another gadget pero looking at it deeply, this is such a powerful tool, kung meron kang iPad or any tablet you can access any information na na-a-access ng mga mayayaman,” she said. “This incident opened my eyes. Nakita ko yung pagkagutom sa impormasyon, ‘yung hunger for learning and hunger for self expression,” she added.

MANILA, Feb 27 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Agrarian Reform has released the final list of over 6,000 farm workers who will receive land from Hacienda Luisita. DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes said copies of the list have been posted in 10 villages within the sugar estate. He said those who qualified as beneficiaries are farmers working in Hacienda Luisitia in 1989. Heirs of farmers who have passed away are also included in the list. Delos Reyes said anyone who wishes to question the list can file a petition before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered the distribution of Hacienda Luisita in April last year following the revocation of its stock distribution program. The DAR aims to conduct the actual distribution of land before June this year. The beneficiaries are not allowed to sell their land within 10 years. (MNS)

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This coming Sunday, veteran musical artist Malou Toler will celebrate her birthday at the Piazza restaurant in Long Beach, California. Toler whom some people dubbed as Tina Turner na Pinay has been singing for more than 30 years. She has been invited to sing at the House of Blues which she considers an achievement. “To sing at the House of Blues is a major thing for me. It is not easy to get in, even if it is a pre-sale. The House of Blues still wants to make sure that you draw a crowd. I think I have gained more respect from my fans and followers and other musicians. I love it at the House of Blues because it is intimate and personal,” Malou Toler said. The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992 in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi and Harvard University Live Nation acquired House of Blues in 2006. What is probably most awesome about Malou is that she is very easy to talk to and always willing to help. When typhoon Pablo destroyed so many homes in Compostela Valley in Mindanao, Malou quickly called on her artist friends and put up a fundraising concert December 2012 at the House of Blues. “I think artists like us should be involved in the community. When typhoon Ondoy destroyed so many in Manila and Marikina, I felt that I should do my part to help. So many families suffered. I cannot imagine how painful it is to lose your house or your relatives dying,” Malou Toler stressed. She also performed at Noypitz bar during the Sining Para Sa Bayan concert organized by the Filipino American Press of Los Angeles to help the families of media people who were victims of typhoon Sendong. Malou said that she began singing when she was eight. “I joined the choir and by age 9 I began playing the guitar. I am the youngest in the family of seven. I have been performing professionally when I was 14 years old as a folksinger. I was so lucky to be given a chance to perform at The Father’s Moustache, Bodega and Hobbit House in Manila. At 16, I traveled and performed in Toshimaehn Park in Japan. I was also offered to do a recording in Tokyo. After three months, I traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia and performed in these places.” She confesses that it is hard to be a good musical artist. “Being a musician needs a lot of discipline. You have to learn to stay away from the bad habits like drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Substance abuse will ruin you and your ability to perform. You cannot give 100% of your best. Music is important to our spirit. We all share music which makes all s us one with each other,” Toler explained Malou adds further that there are so may Filipino American talents who are making their way to the mainstream. “I think Jessica Sanchez and Jason Farol .. they are so talented. I have no doubt that they will succeed. Here in America, it is much better to create your own style which makes you unique.” Malou Toler reveals that she is now working on her second CD which will include mostly original songs. Her first CD album is entitled “Spark of Life.”


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Avoid foreclosure with a loan mod or short sale There are many soluon credit ratings than CONSUMER tions available to homforeclosures. Remaining MATTERS eowners falling behind on your report for up to 7 on their payments. Most to 10 years, a foreclosure people think Bankruptcy is often times more damas the only option, short aging than a bankruptcy, of just letting the Bank (unless it’s included in take the home. Banka bankruptcy), and may ruptcy is a good option, take you 3 years or more and while it can strip off to re-qualify for a new the second trust deed if home loan. While Short the home is upside down sales may be reported to BY ATTY. PAUL ALLEN in current value, bankthe credit bureaus, they ruptcy cannot change the are noted as “paid in full” terms of payment on the first mortgage. or “settled for less than owed” and have far Frequently, home owners in this situation lesser effect on fico scores. will use a combination of strategies includ2013 is a great year to complete a short ing bankruptcy to strip all secondary liens, sale, and get out of a property that is “unmodify the terms of the first, and convert der water”. Because a short sale allows the adjustable to an affordable fixed loan. the homeowner to sell their property for Some lenders offer workout options. less than the outstanding mortgage debt, Others want you to “catch up” all the it creates a “deficiency”, written off as missed payments first. A few major banks a “forgiveness of debt” by the lender. In have sent out letters to their borrowers, of- years past, debt forgiveness was considered fering to modify and lower the loan balance taxable income. The lender would send out if you meet certain qualifications. How- a 1099. Imagine adding $200,000 to your ever, in instances where you do not qualify regular taxable income! for a loan modification, the home owner However, for 2012 and 2013, the federal should definitely consider a “Short Sale”. government has given us a pass on debt Short Sale Facts forgiveness taxable income on short sales. If you are facing foreclosure, a short However, it is wildly expected to end in sale can be a beneficial alternative. It is an agreement with your bank or mortgage company, allowing you to sell the property for an amount less than what you owe. Usually, the bank requires an appraisal, and will accept an offer that’s relative to the current fair market value. Unfortunately, the seller (current home owner) cannot also be the new buyer. What are the advantages of a short sale vs. foreclosure? The main advantage of a short sale is preventing foreclosure and the consequences that foreclosure incorporates. Short sales are considerably less damaging

2013. (Please note, this column does not provide tax advice. Always seek advice from a tax professional, when considering tax ramifications in property sales) Short Sale Summary You can buy a home again in as little as 12-18 months. Under Mortgage cancellation Tax Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 3648) Forgiven debt may NOT be taxed. Get more time in your home, and avoid the threat of immediate eviction pending a short sale process. Permanent tax free debt relief It usually takes 1-4 months to complete a short sale; you may remain in your home during this time. May qualify for Government relocation assistance – up to $3000.00. What is a Loan Modification? Loan Modification Facts A Loan Modification is usually a conversion from an adjustable (and uncontrollable) to a fixed interest loan. It could also involve changes to one or more of the following: Interest Rate; Principal Balance and even forbearance on penalties. It also should bring the account current, creating a fresh start for the borrower. There are many reasons for seeking a Loan Modification, however not everyone can qualify. Most Lenders will tell consumers they do not qualify, or deny

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the first attempt in order to collect the full amount due. A loan modification will take the mortgage you now have and change the interest rate, terms or payment requirements in order to convert to a fixed rate. Changes in rates and payments do not require new closing costs, legal fees, survey, appraisal, or taxes. In contrast, if you “refinance” a loan you’ll be required to have a closing and be forced to pay a variety of fees and taxes. If you are facing the dilemma of owing more than the property is worth, or you cannot afford your mortgage payments, give us a call. Let’s see what our office can do for you. Some people try this on their own, but get lost in the system and end up with an unnecessary eviction instead of a workout. That’s why a lawyer makes a difference. A legal review of your situation will quickly enable you to make an informed decision, and prevent losing valuable time pursuing the wrong course of action. Knowing your options and having choices, could make the difference between keeping your home or losing it. Call the Law Offices of Paul M. Allen and get the legal advice you need. Two locations to serve you. Glendale 818-3345445, Cerritos 562-356-9931. Consultations are free, but it is by appointment only.

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Employees misclassified as independent contractors lose money contractor agreement or (Part 2 of 2) PROTECTING received a Form 1099 Last week, we disEMPLOYEE & may still be misclassicussed a report by the CONSUMER RIGHTS fied. The independent National Employment contractor status is deLaw Project entitled The termined by law, not by Big Rig: Poverty, Polthe parties’ agreement. In lution, and the Misclasapplying the law, Calisification of Truck Drivfornia courts will examers at America’s Ports, ine the facts surrounding which detailed the plight the worker’s day to day of truck drivers in the tasks. A worker is likely Long Beach ports who not an independent conhaul cargo containers of BY C. JOE SAYAS, JR. tactor if: commercial goods. 1. Employer has the The truck drivers in the report were classified as independent right to control the manner and means contractors, not employees. As a result, of work 2. The worker can be fired at will they are not paid for overtime work, missed 3. The worker does not have an ocbreaks, and reimbursements for business cupation or business distinct from the expenses. Workers who signed an independent employer’s

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A Sight to Behold in Dana Point as Whales Take Center-Stage Dana Point will celebrate the 5,000mile migration of California gray whales from Alaska to Mexico at its 41stannual Festival of Whales this weekend, March 2, with these giant sea creatures taking center-stage The event will also feature a parade, a running race, music and other familycentered activities. The traditional Festival of Whales Parade will be held at 10:00 a.m. along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern. Awards will be given to the Best Display of the Parade Theme (Magical Migration), Best Musical Unit, Best Youth Group, Best Group Spirit and Best Local Entry. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will also host the Whale of a Block Party starting at 10 a.m. at La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway. The event will feature food, music and other activities. Free shuttle service from and to Dana Point Harbor parking lots will be available for the visitors.

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have been drawn together in a potentially exciting group that also includes Zimbabwe and Samoa. England, meanwhile, have been drawn in a group with Argentina and lesser-fancied Portugal and Hong Kong. Russia on Thursday unveiled the draw for what is set to be a fiercely-contested Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, with holders Wales to clash with sevens specialists Fiji in the group stages. Perennial favorites New Zealand should have few problems safely negotiating their Pool D against the United States, Canada and Georgia in the June tournament, which will be played just three years before rugby sevens becomes an Olympic sport. The six men’s groups will also pit France against Australia in Pool A and hosts Russia in a tough Pool B against Japan, Scotland and heavyweights South Africa. In the women’s competition, holders Australia will have to negotiate their way through an intriguing group containing South Africa, China and Ireland. Russia has been drawn in possibly the toughest of the women’s groups with England, France and Japan. International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset said that the June 28-30 event would “capture the hearts” of millions with one of the world’s “most exciting sporting spectacles”. The World Cup will be the last edition before rugby sevens becomes a full Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where a host of top stars are expected to turn to the shorter version of the game. “The Russian people love Olympic sports... I am confident that Moscow 2013 will be a resounding success,” Lapasset said at the glitzy draw in Moscow attended by Russian sports stars and even cosmonauts. Hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia is integral to a push by the IRB expand the appeal of rugby to new regions, away from its traditional heartlands. “The IRB is determined to take rugby to new frontiers. We want to explore new lands and spread the word of rugby and

Russia is a very centre of that mission,” said Lapasset. The tournament, by far the biggest rugby event ever hosted by Russia, will be played at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, the centerpiece of the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the expected venue of the football World Cup final in 2018. The competition will also give a huge boost to rugby in Russia, whose sporting traditions give it great potential to become a big power but where the game is only just starting to make waves. “The inclusion of rugby sevens into the Olympic Games will undoubtedly have an effect on the development of rugby in Russia and around the world,” Russia’s Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, a former Olympic champion in fencing, said at the ceremony. Wales were the shock winners of the last edition of the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai in 2009, when the four favorites were knocked out in the quarter-finals – one of the attractions of the shortened version of rugby. Fiji, winners of the Sevens World Cup in 1997 and 2005, will always be fair bet given the importance they stake on sevens, but Waisale Serevi, for many the greatest sevens player ever, said there were no longer any guarantees in a sport where the gaps between the teams have become ever narrower. “There are no longer ‘big teams’ and ‘small teams’ in sevens, the margin is closing between all the teams,” the Fijian legend said. As well as the established northern hemisphere six nations and southern hemisphere four nations, sevens brings a host of countries less seen in 15-aside with Kenya in particular becoming a global force in recent years.


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Have you depleted your savings to pay debts? Like most people, MINDING YOUR you’ve worked hard FINANCES and have done your best to pay all your bills on time. But in life, at one time or another, all of us get into a situation where debt can be overwhelming. Money problems can easily overlap into other areas of our BY ATTY. RAY BULAON lives. Many people feel hopeless and powerless over their debt problems. If you are currently in debt, rather than allowing your money problems to affect your life in such a dramatic way, filing for bankruptcy protection may help you get your life back on track. If you’ve suffered a job loss, are facing foreclosure or have bills you can no longer afford to pay, Congress has enacted bankruptcy laws that can help you get your finances in order. I know that the mere thought of bankruptcy makes most people nervous so they avoid exploring their options until it’s too late. I find this unfortunate

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LAUSD student’s winning breakfast recipe to be featured in next year’s cafeteria menu Breakfast Recipe Contest launched LOS ANGELES – In honor of National School Breakfast Week (Mar. 4-8, 2013), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is launching a Breakfast Recipe Contest in search of the next studentinspired dish to start the morning right. Sponsored by the District’s “I’M IN” campaign, an all-inclusive program designed to raise awareness about the District’s healthy meals to help fight childhood obesity and to encourage student attendance, the recipe contest is one of the District’s efforts to engage students in the creation of tasty and nutritious menu items.

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Filipino sultan infuriates two countries By Mynardo Macaraig

MANILA, Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) – From a dirty plastic chair in a rundown district of the Philippine capital, an ailing man claiming to be the head of an ancient Muslim dynasty whispers defiant decrees that infuriate a president. Jamalul Kiram III, who insists he is the genuine “Sultan of Sulu”, emerged from political obscurity this month after a few dozen of his armed followers sailed to neighboring Malaysia to stake an ancestral territorial claim. The gunmen took control of a small coastal village in Sabah state on Borneo island, triggering a standoff with Malaysian security forces that has yet to be resolved and deeply embarrassing Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Although he is weak from kidney disease that needs twice-weekly dialysis, Kiram, 74, insists he is willing to take on the Philippine and Malaysian governments to assert his family’s claim to resource-rich Sabah. Speaking in a voice barely above a whisper, he tells reporters who gather daily at his modest two-storey home that his “royal army” will never abandon Sabah. “If they have to die, then they will die. They are sacrificing (themselves) for whatever may happen,” he said this week after Aquino ordered Kiram to withdraw his men back to their southern Philippine island homes. Kiram’s house in Manila is festooned with banners proclaiming the “Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo,” with a coat of arms showing two crossed swords, informing visitors on the pot-holed street that they are in royal territory. Kiram speaks nostalgically of the Sulu sultanate’s glory days before European colonization, when it ruled over Sabah and large parts of the southern Philippines. The Kirams say they are descended from the prophet Mohammad, through a Mecca-born Arab who travelled to Southeast Asia. The sultanate boasts that, in centuries past, it had active relations with other Asian kingdoms and even with China’s Ming dynasty, while dominating the Sulu Sea with a powerful navy. But the sultanate lost much of its influence to European colonial powers, officially losing Sabah in 1878 via a loosely worded contract to a British trading company that paved the way for it to be part of Malaysian territory. Sabah has prospered under Malaysia. But the remote islands of Sulu are now among the poorest parts of the Philippines, home to insurgents that continue to wage rebellion against the government while dreaming of an independent Muslim homeland. While Kiram is comfortable with the sultanate remaining part of the Philippines, he says he sent his men into Malaysia so that his family and the national government’s claims to Sabah will be recognized. The Philippine government has never renounced its claim to Sabah, however Aquino and previous governments have not challenged Malaysia over the issue, preferring instead to pursue warm bilateral relations. Although Kiram and his advisers insist money is not the motivation for their incursion into Malaysia, they have also signalled the “royal army” would stand down if the sultanate was given a greater share of the riches of Sabah. Under the agreement in 1878 that saw the sultanate lose Sabah, Malaysia continues to give the Kiram family a nominal compensation payment of about 70,000 pesos ($1700) a year.

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Winds of change at Vatican pave way for new pope BY ELLA IDE

VATICAN CITY, Feb 28, 2013 (AFP) – Cardinals electing the new pope will be looking for a charismatic but tenacious man capable of re-uniting a fractious Church, stamping down on scandals and re-igniting faith among the young. “First of all, we need a pope who knows how to speak to the world – beyond the Catholic world,” said Andrea Tornielli, Vatican expert for La Stampa daily’s Vatican Insider insert. “He needs to be open and understanding, not too inward-looking,” he said. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation on Thursday throws open a race for the Vatican’s top job which will see as many as 115 elector cardinals from around the world meet in a secret conclave to pick his successor. It will not be an easy decision, said John Allen from the National Catholic Reporter in Rome. “There are conservatives versus moderates, there is third world versus first world... and insiders versus outsiders,” he said. Good communication skills are a key requisite for many Vatican watchers: favourites are Timothy Dolan, the 63-year old Archbishop of New York who is renowned for his humour and dynamism, and Brazil’s Odilo Scherer, 63, who is praised for his open mind and is a keen Tweeter. After the academic language of Benedict’s sermons, many are also looking for a warmer pope – which could be Vienna’s Christoph Schoenborn, 68, admired for his pastoral touch and compared by some to the much-loved John Paul II. The next pope “has to be able to speak the language of God in the language of men,” said French cardinal Paul Poupard. Young faithful in particular have repeatedly said that the 85-year old pope’s decision to step down because of his age is a sign the Church now needs a more youthful and flexible leader. At 55, Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines is the Church’s second youngest cardinal: he is tipped for his dynamism and charisma, and is hugely popular in Asia. Brazil’s Joao Braz de Aviz, a 65-year old known for his attempts to reach out to breakaway liberals, is also well-liked. “We need a pope who can govern. Certain problems were not tackled,” said Marco Politi, a Vatican expert who wrote a biography of the pope and said there was “a climate of conformism which lasted eight years” under Benedict’s reign.

The German pope’s reign was overshadowed by a vast sex abuse scandal which reared its head time and again despite Benedict’s efforts, and many will be looking for a new pope capable of slamming down on paedophile priests. Their man may be Sean O’Malley from Boston – where the scandal first exploded a decade ago – who has worked hard to crack down on abusers and sold the archdiocese’s palatial headquarters to raise money for victim settlements. He is also described as a humble, low-key personality who prizes simplicity – qualities sought by many looking to reconnect with the roots of the Church. Others will hope the new pope will tackle internal divisions, bickering and jostling for power within the unruly Curia – the central government of the Catholic Church. “This complex institution needs to be simplified,” said Tornielli, who added that Benedict’s failure to reform it “is one of the limits of his papacy.” Argentina’s Leonardo Sandri, a 69-year old born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents, is considered a possible contender to bridge divides, while supporters of Canada’s Marc Ouellet, 67, say he would crack down on the wilful Curia. Many observers are hoping for a more progressive pope who could tackle sensitive topics such as homosexuality, the use of condoms and clerical marriage, but cardinals willing to open up on all fronts are few and far between. Ghana’s Peter Turkson, 64, is noted for easing the rules on contraception, advocating condom use among married couples if one partner is infected. But his recent comments in an interview suggesting homosexuality may be part of the reason for the sex abuse scandals damaged his chances says some observers: so too did his decision to show a synod a video sensationalizing Muslim immigration to Europe. Those hoping the future pontiff will carry on Benedict’s efforts to improve interreligious relations and increase dialogue with the secular world by reaching out to atheists may be backing one of two Italian contenders for pope. Angelo Scola, the 72-year old Archbishop of Milan is a keen promoter of dialogue between Muslims and Christians, while Vatican culture minister Gianfranco Ravasi, 70, has set up a series of exchanges with non-believers. “We cannot read the cardinals’ minds,” Politi said, but of all the possible candidates he expected “a centrist” to win – another tick in the box for Scola.

Obama unveils Capitol statue of rights icon Rosa Parks WASHINGTON, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) – Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, so it was fitting that her statue unveiled Wednesday by President Barack Obama in the US Capitol depicts her in the position from which she launched a civil rights revolution. Congressional leaders, dozens of relatives and several hundred guests joined Obama as Parks, represented by a nine-foot (2.7-meter) bronze statue, took her rightful place among the nation’s heroes depicted in Statuary Hall. The statue is the first of an AfricanAmerican woman in the US Capitol. “This morning we celebrate a seamstress slight in stature, but mighty in courage,” Obama said in tribute to the woman who, on December 1, 1955 at age 42, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama. “In a single moment with the simplest of gestures she helped change America and change the world,” the president said. James Clyburn, the most senior African-American in Congress, described Parks as “the first lady of civil rights, the mother of the movement, the saint of an endless struggle.” Blacks were freed from slavery 150 years ago when president Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation

Proclamation, but it took another century marred by second-class citizenship, racial violence, and voter suppression before the civil rights movement took root, culminating with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “As America shapes its future it struggles with its past – a past in which equality was our principle but not always our practice,” said Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid as he noted the country’s continuing efforts to “eradicate slavery’s unsavory successors: racism and inequality.” “Without the determination and sacrifice of Rosa Parks, this presidency... and so much of the progress we have made to perfect our union would not have been possible. So today a nation pays enduring tribute to the woman who moved the world when she refused to move from her seat.” Parks is depicted in the statue as many Americans envision her: sitting, hands folded across her lap and clutching her handbag, her hair pulled back, and staring steadily out from behind rimless glasses. But she was no meek woman. She fought hard for her right to vote, fighting a voter literacy test skewed against African-Americans. She later collaborated with civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr and Jesse Jackson, who was at Wednesday’s unveiling.


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Glendale’s Sholl Canyon Park brings back childhood memories On a lovely sunny LIGHTHOUSE day this weekend, I went with my sons and their kids to watch my granddaughter play softball at Sholl Canyon Park in the City of Glendale We drove through the winding tree-lined street of Glenoaks on top of the hill and to our nature’s delight, we reached Sholl BY MYRNA AQUITANIA Canyon Park. On a clear day such as the day we were there, we saw the beautiful skyline not just of Glendale but our eyes could see as far as downtown LA. Its nature’s walk is not only a hiking and exercise paradise but the trek includes the winding road down the woodsy lane of Glenoaks where one gets the feeling of “country life” within the city. The panoramic and exasperating view from the top of the hill just brought back memories of my childhood when my family and I would leave the hustle and bustle of the city to go home to our hometown in Iba, Zambales and experience the simple joys of nature. My cousins and I would do nature walks to the forest known as “Dirita” and we would catch fireflies, placed them in aired-out bottles and watch them glow at night. We would also watch various butterflies and listen to the birds chirping and singing in their melodic tunes. We would walk to the end of the forest to go to our family’s coconut plantation to have an instant picnic and request our caretakers to climb the coconut trees, pick delicious coconuts for us and savor the slurpy, fresh coconut juice. From there we would pass by my cousin’s house by the river and go behind our family’s rice mill and play on the hay, surrounded by chicken and pigs that roam around, much like playing in the sand when we’re on the beach.. There were times when our aunts and uncles would gather the hay and process them to make the ultranutritious “darak,” or grains. for them to teach kids like

us learn to eat simple food and they were right - “darak” was very tasty and nutritious once processed. In hindsight, there was one unforgettable experience I had while walking through the woods. A large lizard or “bayawak” fell from the coconut tree and was latched onto my arms. I was screaming my lungs out, frightened and so scared that the lizard might bite, so I was hurriedly brought to the provincial hospital and luckily, the doctors were able to free my arms from its leech-like hold. Though the capital town of Iba is a coastal town by the beaches of the West Philippine Sea, there were choices on swimming. One can swim in the West Philippine Sea beach or the fresh, clean rivers we call “Cabatuhan” where our family would also go not only for swimming, but also laundry and more picnics. At the “Cabatuhan,” we would gather fresh water “kuhol” or cylindrical clams that thrive at the edge of the riverbanks. We’d end up cooking them of course and eating them along with whatever fresh water fish my uncle and cousins would catch. Unlike the story of “Jaws” where there were sharks involved, my cousin Amang and I had the fear of our lives during one swimming trip out in the Philippine sea with then Father Waltz, our parish priest who invited the kids who usually help in church preparations. There were around three boys and two of us girls, along with my Aunt, Tia Meding who went with us on the raft called “balsa.” While the boat was bouncing toward the deeper part of the sea, Father Waltz turned the raft upside down to teach us what buoyancy meant. However, I almost drowned as my feet could no longer touch the ground and gladly, my Aunt was with us, so she grabbed my hair and pulled me up as I was on the verge of drowning. After that incident, Father Waltz was so apologetic to all of us for doing what he did without thinking of the consequence, where all of us kids would have drowned. Though I have now lived here much longer than our home country, I treasure all the memories of growing up with nature, as compared to growing up with all the gadgets and technology around. So dear readers, when you have a chance, go and experience these nature walks

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or simply smell the lush greenery around or just go and relax by the beach. As people always say, “the simple things in life are free.”

Gasoline excise tax to increase 3.5¢ come July 1, 2013 Sacramento – Effective July 1, 2013, the excise tax on gasoline will increase 3.5 cents per gallon following a vote February 28, 2013 by the California State Board of Equalization. The Board is sensitive to the financial impact consumers are feeling at the pump, but state law requires the BOE to adjust the excise tax rate by March 1 of each year in order to ensure revenue neutrality. As gasoline prices increase, the relative amount of state sales tax that would be collected, but for the fuel tax swap, decreases and must be offset by an increase in the excise tax rate. In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill x8 6, Ch. 11, and Senate Bill 70, Ch. 9. These bills lowered the sales and use tax rate on gasoline and increased the excise tax rate on July 1, 2010. The laws require the annual sales and excise taxes paid on gasoline to remain revenue neutral.


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aking dishes worthy of a choice restaurant menu doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. It’s more about choosing top-drawer ingredients — and here are a few you can pick up in the deli department. They’re all members of an elite club of authentic foods made according to traditional methods and are certified PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) by the European Union.  Grana Padano, a cheese made only in the Padana Valley in Northern Italy, is terrific for easy but sophisticated dishes.  Prosciutto di San Daniele is a special ham, produced in San Daniele del Friuli, in the Northeast of Italy, and like all PDO products, it must pass the strictest inspection.  Parmigiano Reggiano, renowned for its complex flavor, is made exclusively in Parma, Reggio Emilia and three other neighboring Italian provinces.  Prosciutto di Parma, a delicately flavored, all-natural ham, is produced in the gently rolling hills near Parma. With legendary European foods, it’s easy to make restaurant-quality dishes like these. For more serving ideas and information about the PDO system, visit www. legendsfromeurope.com.

Introducing Montasio Cheese Montasio, with a savory, well-balanced flavor, is new to many Americans, but its origins can be traced back to a 17th-century monastery. To this day, it is made only in northern Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia and East Veneto and has earned membership in Europe’s “hall of fame” as a PDO product. Young semi-soft Montasio is terrific on a cheese platter or on sandwiches. Aged Montasio can be grated for pasta, risotto and other dishes.

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Yield: about 3 dozen 4 cups baby spinach (6 ounces), cooked, cooled 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 cup milk 5 tablespoons butter 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Wrap spinach in a towel, squeeze until dry; chop fine. In small bowl, mix flour, salt and cayenne. In medium saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour mixture; with wooden spoon, beat until it thickens and pulls away from sides, about 1 minute. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well until incorporated. Stir in spinach and cheese. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm. (Puffs can be held at room temperature up to 1 day or frozen; reheat in 400ºF oven, 3 to 5 minutes.)

Yield: 4 portions 4 slices country-style bread 4 ounces Grana Padano, coarsely grated 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 small red bell pepper, cut in 1/2inch pieces 2 cloves garlic, cut in slivers 2 teaspoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup half-and-half Preheat oven to 400°F. On baking sheet, toast bread until crisp, about 10 minutes. Scatter one-third of the Grana Padano over toast. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they give off liquid, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and garlic; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, 2 minutes; add half-and-half and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Divide over bruschetta and top with remaining Grana Padano.

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Ziti with Roasted Cauliflower, Prosciutto di Parma and Toasted Breadcrumbs Yield: 4 portions 2 slices country-style bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces 1/3 cup olive oil, divided 1 large cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), trimmed and

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ENTERTAINMENT KC asks French suitor for ‘space’ Actress-host KC Concepcion feels she is not yet ready to walk down the aisle and has asked her suitor, French filmmaker Pierre Emmanuel Plassart, for some “space.” “Husband material na nga ‘yung taong ‘yon, kaya lang hindi pa ako ready, kaya nag-setback muna ako,” Concepcion said during her contract renewal with ABS-CBN. “Siya ‘yung tipong settling down type na, alam mo ‘yon? Wala pa ako sa level na ‘yon and I’d been very honest with him about it,” she added. But Concepcion clarified that she hasn’t turned down Plassart. “Hindi naman basted – ang sakit naman noon kasi nag-uusap pa din kami. It’s just that he knows na I need time, he needs time. At sabi ko kilala ko ang sarili ko na kung gusto kong tuldukan ang relationship, totally tuldok na talaga ‘yon. And I told him we don’t know what is going to happen in the future. Sabi ko, ‘You are still the guy that I want to end up with,’” she explained. “Nasa kanya na lahat ng hinahanap ko except sa wala pa ako sa level na ready na akong mag-settle down. Kaka-sign ko nga lang ng contract sa ABS-CBN, sandali lang, space lang. Anyway he is busy din with his business. We talk pa din o kaya nagte-text pa din kami. I check kung kamusta na siya at kinakamusta niya ako. Siguro napakalalim na din ng friendship namin para sabihing hanggang doon lang,” she said. Still a Kapamilya Meanwhile, Concepcion said she is glad to continue working with the Kapamilya network. “I’m really happy na nag-stay ako as Kapamilya. Kasi kung tutuusin ay dito naman ako lumaki. Kahit behind the scenes ako before, siyempre it feels happy na binalik ako, na minintain nila ang contract ko and that makes me happy,” she said. Aside from the series “Against All Odds” with Judy Ann Santos, Concepcion announced that she’s also set to do a hosting job.

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“Siguro doon sa mga nag-re-request, nagti-tweet, sa akin about hosting, ito na marami na tayong hosting projects,” she said. “And, of course, I’m looking forward sa lots more na I can do dito sa showbiz. Habang nandito tayo, siyempre, we want to explore at kilala niyo ako I want to explore new things. So that’s one thing that will keep me here in the Philippines, itong kontrata ko with ABS-CBN,” Concepcion said. Last year, Concepcion hosted “The X Factor Philippines” on ABS-CBN. (MNS)

Cesar on marital woes: Pray for us Actor Cesar Montano believes he and wife Sunshine Cruz should resolve their marital problems on their own and that other people should not be dragged into the issue. This comes after starlet Krista Miller appeared on television and denied that she is the third party in the marriage of the celebrity couple. Montano said: “’Yun ay naging problema within our family, it has to be fixed inside our family. Hindi ko kailangan idamay ang ibang tao.” Montano said those who say they are concerned about his family should just pray for them and not add fuel to the fire.

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“If you think you are a concerned person sa pamilya namin, then we need your prayers. Pray for us. Marami pong salamat,” he said. Despite this, Montano vowed to continue to do his job as actor-director of the upcoming movie “The Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim,” which opens this week. “I’m being paid to do a film, to promote it, kailangan gawin ko. Kung ano man ang problema ko sa pribadong bagay, I have to keep it to myself. Isasantabi ko iyon of course,” he said. “Aayusin ko ‘yun sa sarili ko at aasikasuhin ko ang trabahong ito kung saan ako binayaran. At ipakita ko na nagtatrabaho ako,” he added. Miller denied that she has – or had – a relationship with Montano. Cruz, for her part, said she didn’t watch Miller’s interview. In her official Twitter account, Cruz chose not to comment and just thanked those who expressed support. (MNS)

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Cristine Reyes says she’s okay with Angelica Actress Cristine Reyes, who is now being romantically linked to actor Derek Ramsay, said she has no problem with fellow Kapamilya actress Angelica Panganiban, Ramsay’s former girlfriend. “Okay kami. Nagkita kami sa ‘ASAP’ at naglolokohan pa nga kami,” Reyes said. “Noong nagkita pa kami ay nagbibiruan pa kami. Alam niyo naman di ba na kasama ko siya before sa ‘Banana Split’ and medyo comfy naman ako kapag kasama ko siya sa labas,” Reyes added. Panganiban is now happily in love with actor John Lloyd Cruz. Besides, Reyes stressed that Ramsay is just a friend, although they do go out and even call each other. Asked to describe her relationship with Ramsay, the actress replied: “Mabuting magkaibigan.” “Para sa akin I will try to fulfill my promise na single muna ako for like a year or two para focus muna sa work. Medyo ayaw ko muna ng distraction, ayaw ko muna ng gulo, focus muna sa work,” said Reyes, who recently split up with boyfriend Rayver Cruz. However, Reyes said she is still open to possible suitors. “Hindi naman ako para mag-shut down ng doors sa mga taong pwede kong maging kaibigan,” she said. (MNS)

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Meditating may make you more liberal: study (Relaxnews) – Meditation can lower blood pressure and improve focus, but a new study announced Monday finds that it can also make you more liberal. A s t u d y f r o m t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f To r o n to reveals that people become more politically liberal immediately after meditating. Researchers enlisted a total of 1,610 participants in three separate experiments. In the first two experiments, researchers recruited both Americans and Canadians to gauge their political leanings and whether or not they were religious. Findings showed that religiousness is associated with political conservatism, while spirituality is linked with more liberal political attitudes. In the third study, the researchers recruited 317 participants from the U.S. who completed a spiritual exercise consisting of a guided meditation video. Those who

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U.S. study sees uptick in breast cancer in younger women (WASHINGTON-AFP) – The incidence of advanced breast cancer among women aged 25 to 39 in the United States has increased over the past thirty years, a study said Wednesday. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study found that cases increased from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 per 100,000 in 2009. According to the researchers, that represents an average compounded increase of 2.07 percent per year over the 34-year period. While that is a relatively small increase, “the trend shows no evidence for abatement and may indicate increasing epidemiologic and clinical significance,” wrote the authors of the study headed by Rebecca Johnson of the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. The statistics used for the study came from three US National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registries. “The trajectory of the incidence trend predicts that an increasing number of young women in the United States will present with metastatic breast cancer in an age group that already has the worst prognosis, no recommended routine screening practice, the least health insurance, and the most potential years of life,” according to the authors. The researchers found that the greatest uptick occurred among 25 to 34-year-olds, with progressively smaller increases occurring in older women, as measured in fiveyear intervals. There was no statistically significant incidence rise in women over the age of 55, they wrote. For women aged 25 to 39, the increases were “statistically significant” in African American and non-Hispanic whites since 1992, when race and ethnicity became available in the data used.

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LADWP awards $765,000 in grants for conservation outreach to hard-to-reach customers 17 non-profits selected to receive $45,000 grants for energy and water conservation awareness

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced today that it has awarded $765,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations to promote energy efficiency and water conservation. The Los Angeles-based organizations will each receive a $45,000 grant to creatively reach diverse communities, encouraging them to reduce their energy and water use to benefit the environment and help lower their utility bills. The selected grant recipients will target a broad cross-section of residential and commercial customers, and are spread across all City Council districts. They will reach communities through multiple languages including English, Spanish, Armenian, Korean, and Tagalog, among others. “LADWP has long needed to do a better job reaching non-English speaking and underserved communities and last year, with federal funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we began to do just that. We were very encouraged by the results, and this year we’ve extended the program with Department funds to build on our success and spur more of our customers to conserve power and water,” said LADWP General Manager Ronald O. Nichols. “The conservation partnership grants are one part of a comprehensive package of energy efficiency and water conservation programs offered by LADWP and will help meet the Department’s goal of reducing energy consumption among customers by at least 10% by 2020 and further increase water conservation by customers. This year, LADWP has more than doubled its budget for energy efficiency to help more customers save power. In the first round of the program, 32 federally-funded grants totaling $1.415 million were awarded to LA-based non-profits. These funds supported outreach projects that directly involved over 75,000 residential and business customers. In addition, about 17,500 customers participated in more intensive workshops or training sessions. Many of the community-based organizations that received the first-round grants in fiscal year 2011/12 now incorporate energy efficiency and water conservation into their ongoing outreach and education efforts. This year, the program is expected to achieve similar results and will track and quantify energy and water savings achieved through the outreach. Projects will be completed within one year. Following is a list of this year’s grant recipients: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Non-Profit Community Partnership Grants 2012-13 Grant Recipients Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Foundation; The River Project; Pacific Lodge Youth Services; The Children’s Nature Institute; Community Enhancement Services; Pacoima Beautiful; Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church; FAME Assistance Corporation; California Greenworks; Los Angeles Conservation Corps; The University Corp – Cal State Northridge; LA Community Garden Council; LAMP Community; Gang Alternatives Project; SCOPE; Green LA Coalition (Peer Facilitator); and Ballona Institute


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APALC and co-counsel Caldwell Leslie settle sexual harassment lawsuit for immigrant restaurant worker Bangladeshi worker wins settlement and apology from restaurant LOS ANGELES – Today, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, and the law firm of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC (“Caldwell Leslie”), announced a $45,000 settlement on behalf of Sakina Begum, a Bangladeshi immigrant, in a suit against her former employer, Desh Management dba Little Dhaka Restaurant and Groceries (“Desh”), for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and wage theft. The case began in February 2010 when Desh and its owners filed a lawsuit against Ms. Begum and her husband for defamation and other claims as a means to silence and intimidate her from complaining about sexual harassment she suffered in the workplace. APALC and Caldwell Leslie successfully defended against that lawsuit, and filed a counter lawsuit against Desh and its owners which they vigorously litigated for almost two years until Desh and its owners admitted their wrongdoing, agreed to settle the case, and apologized to Ms. Begum for their mistreatment of her. Ms. Begum said, “I feel happy that this case has been resolved and I am thankful to APALC and Caldwell Leslie for standing by me and my husband for all these years and for helping me fight for my rights as an employee. I was a hard-working employee of the restaurant for so many years. The sexual harassment I endured was degrading and humiliating. Workers should be respected and no one should ever have to endure the kind of harassment and retaliation that I experienced as a worker and a woman.” Ms. Begum, an immigrant from Bangladesh who speaks limited English, worked as a cook at Little Dhaka Restaurant and Groceries in the “Little India” neighborhood of Artesia, California for nearly six years. She was the only female employee at the restaurant, and in January 2010 was repeatedly groped, battered, and demeaned by a new male head cook. When Ms. Begum reported this abuse to the restaurant managers, the owners of Desh did not stop the harassment or reprimand the male head cook, who continued to torment and harass Ms. Begum. Ms. Begum then sought assistance from South Asian Network (SAN), a grassroots community organization devoted to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin, particularly those with language and cultural barriers. When SAN attempted to intervene on Ms. Begum’s behalf, Desh retaliated by firing her without paying her wages. Desh then sued her, her husband and SAN for defamation and various other claims to punish Ms. Begum and her husband for speaking out about her rights. APALC filed a motion under a California law prohibiting strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP suits), resulting in dismissal of all of the claims against SAN and most of the claims against Ms. Begum. SLAPP suits typically are frivolous lawsuits brought by employers or powerful entities to interfere with an individual’s exercise of civil and labor rights and to silence and intimidate workers and advocates who speak out against abuse and exploitation.

“Unfortunately, this case is typical of many complaints we hear from low-wage, limited English speaking immigrant workers,” said Laboni Hoq, APALC’s Litigation Director. “Immigrant workers must often endure degrading and exploitative working conditions from people within their own communities because of the numerous barriers they face to exercising their rights as workers. Ms. Begum simply wanted to do her job with dignity and to be fairly compensated her for her hard work. We hope this case will send a strong message to employers that they will be held accountable for failing to prevent or stop sexual harassment, engaging in wage theft, and also retaliating against workers who assert their workplace rights.” APALC and Caldwell Leslie vigorously prosecuted the case for over two years, including winning numerous monetary sanctions against Desh, its owners, and its attorneys for their abuse of the litigation process. APALC and Caldwell Leslie also brought a second suit against Desh and its owners for fraudulently conveying assets to avoid satisfying Ms. Begum’s claims. In February 2013, Desh agreed to settle the dispute, pay dam-

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U.S. January pending home sales best since 2010 WASHINGTON, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) – U.S. pending home sales rebounded sharply in January from a December dip to the highest level in almost three years as the housing market recovers, a trade organization said Wednesday. The National Association of Realtors reported its pending home sales index rose 4.5 percent to 105.9 in January from a downwardly revised 101.3 in December. Pending home sales, an indicator based on contract signings but not closings, were at their highest reading since April 2010, when the index hit 110.9 just before the deadline for the government’s homebuyer tax credit, NAR said in a statement. The January reading was 9.5 percent above the year-ago level and marked the 21st consecutive month of year-on-year gains in the indicator. All four regions showed rising contract activity. The Northeast had the strongest gain, up 8.2 percent, while the West lagged with a scant 0.1 percent increase. Tight inventory would be the key factor in the 2013 housing market as mortgage rates hover near record lows, said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Favorable affordability conditions and job growth have unleashed a pent-up demand. Most areas are drawing down housing inventory, which has shifted the supply/demand balance to sellers in much of the country,” Yun said. Yun said that tight inventory was driving the strongest price growth in more than seven years but he predicted total 2013 sales would rise less than in 2012. He estimated price growth could exceed an estimated 7.0 percent gain this year if inventory supplies remained low. The January pending home sales reading was much better than the 1.0 percent increase expected by most analysts and followed encouraging reports Tuesday on new-home sales and home prices. New-home sales soared 15.6 percent in January and the closely watched S&P/CaseShiller 20-city home price index jumped 6.8 percent in December from a year ago. “Between this report (pending home sales) and the upside surprises in the housing market data released yesterday... housing market activity appears to have ended 2012 on a positive note and is off to a strong start in 2013,” Barclays analyst Cooper Howes said.

Music piracy declined in U.S. in 2012 WASHINGTON, Feb 27, 2013 (AFP) – Illegal music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed. The survey from NPD Group found that the number of consumers using peer-topeer services to download music declined 17 percent in 2012. When file sharing peaked in 2005, one in five Internet users aged 13 and older, or 33 million people, used peer-to-peer services to download music, but fell to 21 million last year. The volume of illegally downloaded music files declined 26 percent, the survey found. According to NPD, 40 percent of U.S. consumers who had illegally downloaded music in 2011 reported that they had stopped or downloaded less music from these networks. The biggest reason for this reduced sharing activity was an increased use of free, legal music streaming services, NPD said. “For the music industry, which has been battling digital piracy for over a decade, last year was a year of progress,” said Russ Crupnick, senior vice president at NPD. “Among other factors, the increased use of legal and licensed streaming services has proven to be an alternative for music fans who formerly used P2P networks to obtain music.” NPD said another factor in the decline in illegal music downloading was the demise of LimeWire, shut down by a US federal court in 2010 following a lawsuit filed by the music industry. The survey was released as U.S. Internet providers prepare to implement a new “copyright alert” system to curb piracy of music, film and other content. The program, created with the music and film industry and the largest Internet firms, with some prodding by the U.S. government, will include notices to consumers suspected of illegal downloads. The Center for Copyright Information,

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persons who are living in Toronto without status. Being without immigration status can arise in several ways and includes visitor overstays, refugee claimants who were denied and never left or workers whose work permits have expired. While Canada is boasting its new “sanctuary” status, it is old news in the USA which has already 36 cities and three states declaring themselves sanctuaries for non-status migrants. Toronto is now in the same domain as other US cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. It should be noted that the policy does not address barriers faced by non-status residents for services under the provincial or federal jurisdictions such as housing, income security, OHIP, welfare and labor protection. With regard to law enforcement, if the police are aware of an immigration violation they have a duty to report it. However, the current policy is not to ask. Specific services that illegal immigrants can use without fear of being turned over to enforcement include public health programs, after-school recreation and care, emergency medical services, shelters and hostels, community centers and pools. However, not everyone is cheering in favor of the new policy

Dealing with assets omitted from a divorce case Yo u a n d y o u r BARRISTER'S spouse may have gone through a lengthy and CORNER contentious divorce proceeding. This is usually the most difficult period of a person’s life. Finally, time heals all pain. You and your spouse get tired of bickering and being mean to one another that you both decide BY KENNETH REYES to compromise each & DARRICK TAN other positions and resolve all issues in your divorce case through settlement. Shortly thereafter, the divorce judgment is finally entered by the Court and you get a sigh of relief. Later you discovery that “Oops!,” your ex-spouse had community asset and/or debt that was left out of the divorce judgment. This may be a pension, retirement account, a hidden bank account, or a piece of real estate property which was not divided in the judgment. What is one to do in this situation? The answer can be found in California Family Code §2556.

California Family Code §2556 provides “In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, for nullity of marriage, or for legal separation of the parties, the court has continuing jurisdiction to award community estate assets or community estate liabilities to the parties that have not been previously adjudicated by a judgment in the proceeding.” California Family Code §2556. Even if the parties did not expressly reserve jurisdiction on that piece of asset, the Court retains the power to divide a specific property if there is a community interest in it. The Court’s “continuing jurisdiction” over omitted community estate assets or debts is invoked by filing a post judgment Motion, OSC, or Request for Order in the divorce case. Family Code §2556 provides “A party may file a postjudgment motion or order to show cause in the proceeding in order to obtain adjudication of any community estate asset or liability omitted or not adjudicated by the judgment.” The postjudgment partition of the unadjudicated community estate claims is properly entertained by the court even absent an express reservation of jurisdiction in its prior judgment. Marriage of Moore & Ferrie (1993) 14 CA4th 1472, 1483, 18 CR2d 543, 549, fn. 9. The postjudgment motion is available to any omitted asset or debt not adjudicated by the divorce judgment. However, Family Code §2556 does not extend to division and adjudication of any separate property. Marriage of Klug (2005) 130 CA4th 1389, 1396, 31 CR3d 327, 331–332.

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which is likely to be passed in other Canadian cities. The Federal Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney and someToronto politicians are against the liberal policy as it “ sends the wrong message”. One dissenting councillor put it this way “It sends a message to the world that it is okay to break the law to come to Canada and it says that the City of Toronto is an accomplice to this lawbreaking.” Whether you agree with the new policy or not, it clearly emphasizes the fact that Toronto, Canada and the USA all have an enormous amount of illegal immigrants living underground. It is unknown how many undocumented persons live in each country but the combined amount could be over a million. Since most of these persons do pay tax (either income tax, or tax on products) an argument can be made that they benefit the economy and contribute to society. However, applicants who are waiting patiently overseas for years to have their applications processed may not think so. Attorney Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ontario. The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document. Send questions to Attorney Moyal by email canada@moyal.com or call toll free 1-888-847-2 078. If an asset was partially omitted, the Court can still divide and adjudicate the portion that has been omitted postjudgment under family code §2566. Community Property adjudicated under § 2556 shall be divided equally “unless the court finds upon good cause shown that the interests of justice require an unequal division of the asset or liability.” Family Code §2556. Please note that this article is not legal advice and is not intended as legal advice. The article is intended to provide only general, non-specific legal information. This article is not intended to cover all the issues related to the topic discussed. The specific facts that apply to your matter may make the outcome different than would be anticipated by you. This article does create any attorney client relationship between you and the Law Offices of Kenneth U. Reyes, P.C. This article is not a solicitation. Attorney Kenneth Ursua Reyes is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. He was President of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of both the Family law section and Immigration law section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and California State University, San Bernardino School of Business Administration. He has extensive CPA experience prior to law practice. LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH REYES, P.C. is located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. Tel. (213) 388-1611 or e-mail kureyeslaw@gmail.com or visit our website at Kenreyeslaw.com.

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All-new 2013 Honda Accord Coupe earns highest safety ratings in midsize class TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 21 – The completely redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has earned the highest available safety rating – a 5-Star1 Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2013 Accord Coupe is the only vehicle in its class to earn a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating with GOOD ratings in all test modes. 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Outback named ‘Best in Class’ in the wagons category also highlights Cherry Hill, N.J., five additional Subaru of America, Inc. vehicles in has earned six awards each category from Kiplinger’s Personal a s Wo r t h a Finance. Five Subaru modLook, indicatels took home awards in ing they scored six areas: high enough to • Subaru Outback be in contennamed “Best in Class” in Christian Marilla (left) Chris Garchitorena (center) and Bobby Cheng of Subaru of Glendale. tion for the top the wagons category • Subaru BRZ wins “Most Fuel-Efficient” award in awards. The Subaru Outback has earned a place in Kiplinger’s sports car category • Subaru Forester 2.5X recognized for “Best Resale” rankings every year since its 2010 redesign. According to Kiplingers, the Outback “blends surefooted handling, among small crossovers • Subaru Forester awarded “Worth a Look” recognition oodles of interior space and off-roading cred with plenty of power.” The 2013 Outback was also named a Top Safety for small crossovers • Subaru Impreza awarded “Worth a Look” recognition Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A month ago, Subaru of America, Inc. reported 27,663 for cars under $20,000 • Subaru Legacy awarded “Worth a Look” recognition vehicle sales for January 2013, which represents a 21 percent increase over January 2012. These results build for cars priced $20,000 to $25,000 Kiplinger’s evaluated 2013 models by price and catego- on strong sales from 2012 where Subaru achieved four ry and ranked them for value, performance and safety. The consecutive years of sales increases and exceeded 300,000 magazine names top models in ten categories, including annual sales in 2012 – a first in company history. Forester and Outback sales for January 2013 increased picks for Best in Class and Best New Models. Kiplinger’s

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Michigan governor plans takeover of Detroit By Mira Oberman

CHICAGO, March 1, 2013 (AFP) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder prepared for a state takeover of Detroit, a nationwide symbol urban decay, on Friday, by declaring the Motor City in a state of financial emergency. “Detroit can’t wait,” Snyder said at a televised town hall meeting. “We need to solve real issues here today because citizens are not getting the services they need and we have a financial crisis.” The move by a white, Republican governor to take control of a predominantly black and Democratic city has drawn intense criticism and charges of racism. “It’s undemocratic and not a solution to the city’s problems,” John Philo, director of the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, which has challenged the emergency management laws in court, told AFP. Detroit needs a partner, not an “overseer,” Reverend Wendell Anthony, who heads of the Detroit chapter of civil rights group NAACP, said this week. Snyder sidestepped a question about the racial implications of his move, but insisted that the appointment of an emergency manager does not mean the end of democracy. “This shouldn’t be about politics,” he

said, noting that city council and the mayor can participate in the process. “Let’s all keep working together.” Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who has been widely praised for cleaning up after a succession of corrupt predecessors, said Snyder’s plan must include more financial assistance from the state of Michigan. “We have always said that we need help from Lansing to implement our initiatives such as public safety, transportation, lighting and others,” Bing, who has long opposed an emergency manager, said in a statement. “If, in fact, the appointment of an emergency financial manager both stabilizes the city fiscally and supports our restructuring initiatives which improve the quality of life for our citizens, then I think there is a way for us to work together.” Supporters of the takeover say it is the only way to tackle Detroit’s seemingly intractable problems. Emergency managers have the power to eliminate entire departments, change labor contracts, sell city assets and rewrite laws without any public review or input. Currently in control of four smaller Michigan towns and cities and three school districts, the success rate of such managers is the subject of much debate.

Once the fourth largest city in the United States, Detroit has seen its population shrink by more than half from 1.8 million people in 1950 to 713,000 today. Racial tensions sparked by the civil rights movement—and the devastating 1967 riots—exacerbated white and middleclass flight to the suburbs. Businesses followed suit, further shrinking the tax base. With less revenue, the city had to cut back on services, prompting more people to leave. Then the birthplace of the US auto industry saw its main employers go through round after round of mass layoffs as factories were automated or outsourced and Asian competitors siphoned away market share. Abandoned skyscrapers, factories and homes litter the landscape. Crime is rampant. The city can’t even manage to keep all the streetlights on. Snyder acknowledged the positive signs seen in Detroit in recent years, like a revitalized riverfront and entertainment district. But Detroit has been borrowing money for too long to pay its bills. It is rapidly running out of cash to operate and is expected to end the fiscal year $100 million in the hole.

More troubling are its long term liabilities, including the cost of pensions and retirement health benefits, which exceed $14 billion. The city has 10 days to appeal, but the final decision rests with Snyder. The emergency manager, who has not yet been named, would be up for review in 18 months. The governor’s office cautioned that an emergency manager won’t necessarily be able to stave off bankruptcy and must find the “best solutions to make Detroit financially stable to build for the future.” Snyder bemoaned Detroit’s descent from being one of the most prosperous and successful cities in the United States to “among the worst.” “We put the country on wheels, we put the world on wheels, we were the arsenal of democracy,” Snyder said. “We can and will develop solutions to fix the city’s finances, stop the cycle of overspending and one-time fixes and collectively get Detroit on the path being a great city once again.”


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Nissan Leaf smashes 50,000 global sales milestone ROLLE, Switzerland – Today the 100% electric Nissan LEAF marked another milestone in the history of EVs as it passed the 50,000 sales mark, reinforcing its position as the best selling electric vehicle of all time. The owners of Nissan LEAF around the world have now covered a total distance of more Manuel Lava of Nissan of than 260 million km*, greater Mission Hills than the distance from the earth to the sun. All of these kilometers were covered with zero tailpipe emissions, contributing to government’s efforts to reduce levels of harmful NOx and particulate matter in cities. The highest mileage LEAF globally has been revealed as a Japanese customer who has covered more than 175,000 km, in a car that has only been on sale for two years. In 17 European countries, 7,000 cars are being driven every day, with one customer in Spain has already clocked up over 43,000 km in one year. This is far beyond an av-

erage annual mileage and the rapid build up of mileage is testament to the reliability of the award winning EV. This is further demonstrated by its extraordinary customer satisfaction rating of over 95%, the highest of any Nissan vehicle. In the last 12 months Europe registered significant growth of the CHAdeMO quick charging infrastructure. The number of these chargers which allow batteries to be recharged from empty to 80% battery capacity in around 30 minutes has rocketed from 158 to 601 in the last 12 months. The plans already in place are to more than double by the end of this year the number of installed quick charging installations. These units are being installed at strategic locations such as shopping center car parks or highway service stations, allowing the 50,000 Nissan LEAF owners to push the electric vehicle revolution even further. *Figures are based on all LEAFs registered with the Carwings telemetry system, which is not mandatory and not all vehicles are registered. About the Nissan LEAF The Nissan LEAF was the first mass produced EV winning the European, World and Japanese car of the year

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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe wins Best Cars For The Money Award COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 – The allnew 2013 Santa Fe was named Best 3-Row Midsize SUV by U.S. News and World Report in its 2013 Best Cars for the Money Awards. U.S. News & World Report’sannual award combines quality and value data to determine the top-ranked vehicles within Henry Juan of Win Hyundai their respective categories. The 2013 Santa Fe took top honors within the 3-row midsize SUV segment for its outstanding value and critical acclaim. “The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe wins praise from the automotive press for its long list of standard features, upscale cabin and easy-to-live-with performance,” said Jamie Deaton, U.S. News & World Report. “When you combine that with excellent safety ratings and low owner-

ship costs, the Santa Fe provides a combination of value and ownership experience that’s tough to beat.” U.S. News & World Report measured vehicle quality and value data within 21 categories. Quality is scored by a combination of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry expert opinions. Value is measured by combining a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership with the average price paid for the vehicle at the time of the awards. The vehicles with the highest score within each category receive the Best Cars for the Money Award. “Hyundai strives to create vehicles that embody quality and bold design without sacrificing value, and this award from U.S. News & World Report is proof that our recipe is a success,” said John Shon, Product Manager, Hyundai Motor America. “Offered in two wheelbase variants, the third generation Santa Fe continues to lead the pack in redefining the CUV/SUV market.” The three-row Santa Fe is a progressively designed and highly capable crossover built for today’s family, with flexible space, upscale amenities, outstanding performance and advanced safety. The larger Santa Fe joins

Asian, German cars sweep influential 2013 U.S. ranking BY PAUL HANDLEY

WASHINGTON, Feb 26, 2013 (AFP) – Honda grabbed three places and German luxury cars two, but no American make made it onto the influential Consumer Reports list of top cars for 2013, unveiled Tuesday. Lexus was named the top all-around brand, and the twin Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ speedsters also made the list as the best sports cars, called by the magazine fun to drive, low-priced and fuel-saving. The perennial domination by Asian makers on the list was unsurprising, but underscored the still-uphill climb Detroit’s Big Three carmakers have to match their foreign rivals on the combination of performance, safety and reliability emphasized by Consumer Reports. CR’s annual rankings and regular in-depth car reviews influence the decisions of millions of car buyers across the country. The company, independent of marketers and advertising and supported only by subscribers and donations, reviewed 280 cars, weighing their own road and safety tests together with reliability reports based on surveys of 1.2 million subscribers. CR said Detroit’s Big Three had made gains, but it could still only recommend half of 26 General Motors models, five of 16 Fords, and just three of 14 Chryslers. GM is being held back by old models and Buick’s “sub-par reliability”; Ford and Ford’s Lincoln by a poor controls interface, “unrefined” dual-clutch transmissions and underperforming engines; and Fiat-controlled Chrysler by an all-around poor range of vehicles, it said. “Overall, Consumer Reports recommends fewer than half of the domestic models the organization has tested, and most of them come from Chevrolet and GMC,” it said. Honda, absent from the 2012 list, took three categories: best midsized sedan, with the Accord; best minivan, with the Odyssey; and best small sport utility vehicle (SUV), with the CR-V.

“Honda nailed it with this redesign – it’s roomy, nice to drive, well-equipped and very fuel-efficient,” CR said of the new Accord. Toyota’s Prius maintained its lock on the best electric car, and its Highlander garnered the best family SUV for the second straight year. Subaru’s all-wheel drive Impreza earned kudos as the best compact car, also for a second year. “Both sedan and hatchback versions are good, sensible cars, with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans,” CR said. After a 10-year absence, both BMW and Audi earned their way back onto the list. Audi’s A6, redesigned last year, was named the best luxury car, called “agile, quick, and a joy to drive” with a “sumptuous” cabin. And the BMW 328i was the best sports sedan. Hyundai’s Elantra, at $18,445, took honors as the best budget car. And Subaru and Toyota completed the list together, their co-developed rear-wheel drive sports cars the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ “exhilarating to drive, with supersharp handling” and having “impressive gas mileage and reasonable sticker prices.” Among brands, Lexus held onto the top spot, all of its models recommended by CR. “That is quite a feat for a brand whose cars are brimming with technology including impressive hybrid drivetrains and complicated infotainment systems,” said Jake Fisher, CR’s director of automotive testing. Mazda was named the all-around most reliable brand. The Americans were not the only one to come in for criticism in CR’s 17th annual ranking. European brands were cited for “inconsistency,” with Volkswagen hit for “well-below-average reliability” for its Touareg SUV and the New Beetle. On the bottom of the European pile was the Mini, the brand ranking 20th of all 26 brands reviewed.

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2010 MB GLK350 SUV

$28,313

Stk # 61325T Mileage: 23,993

Stk # 61276C Mileage: 24,691

$29,910

Stk # 61504C Mileage: 15,374

2012 Fiat 500 Sport Hatchback 2D

$16,910

Stk # 61523P Mileage: 21,058

2007 MB E350 Sedan

$19,811

Stk # 61411T Mileage: 52,874

2009 MB CLK350 Cabriolet 2D

$30,910

Stk # 61443C Mileage: 38,820

Expires March 5, 2013.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen

$17,910

Stk # 61493T Mileage: 78,401

2010 Infiniti G37 G37

$24,210

Stk # 61435T Mileage: 61,735

2011 MB C300 Luxury Sedan 4D

2011 MB C300 Luxury Sedan 4D

$25,910

$27,710

Stk # 61464T Mileage: 39,178

2011 MB GLK350 SUV

$30,913

Stk # 61273C Mileage: 9,443

Stk # 61369C Mileage: 23,274

2010 MB GLK350 SUV

$32,910

Stk # 61512C Mileage: 34,052

All certified cars sold until March 5, 2013 will have one scheduled maintenance included.

Mercedes-Benz of Encino

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888.898.8996

16721 Ventura Blvd. Encino CA 91436

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Weekend Balita March 2, 2013