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OFW ban sa Taiwan binasura na T
ensyon at pangangamba ang pangunahing naramdaman ng mga Pilipinong nagtratrabaho dito sa Taiwan ng lumabas ang balitang posible ang pagban ng mga Pinoy workers, ang ugat nito ay ang pagkakadeport ng 14 Taiwanese Nationals patungong China. Ang nasabing Taiwanese Nationals ay kasama sa isang malaking sindikatong nag-ooperate ng panloloko sa China. Ayon sa ilang bersyon hindi daw sapat ang papeles na isinumite ng mga salarin sa Bureau of Immigration at sinasabing ng madakip nila ang mga ito ay hindi ito nakabigay ng mga kaukulang papeles at minarapat na nilang ma deport ang mga ito sa China. Galit at pagkainis hindi lamang ng Taiwan kundi maging ang ilan ng malaman sa ganoong pamaraan ang naging aksyon ng Pilipinas. Ayon kay Pres. Ma YingJeou ng Taiwan, isang violation aniya sa pang karapatang pantao ang pagpapa deport ng Pilipinas sa mga Taiwanese patungong China, maging ang mga kawani ng gobyerno na nagpa-utos nito ay lumabag din sa international laws at maging batas sa Pilipinas. Hiniling ng Taiwan ang isang public apology mula sa pamahalaang Aquino ngunit ito ay mari-
Pagbitay ng 3 Filipino smugglers sa Marso 30
yon sa China Ambassador to the Philippines na si Liu Jianchao “The verdict is a final verdict, it has been ruled out,” wala ng magagawa ang pamahalaang Aquino upang iligtas China Ambassador ang tatlong Pilipino Liu Jianchao na sina Ramon Credo, Sally Villanueva at Elizabeth Batain na nagkasala noong 2008 sa pag smuggle ng heroin papunta sa China. Ang depensa ng mga Philippine official ay pawang mahihirap lamang ang tatlo at tila ay nalinlang lamang din sa pagdala ng mga naturang ipinagbabawal na gamot. Sa halip na parusang kamatayan ay hiniling din natin na mabigyan nalang sila ng pang habang buhay na pagkakabilanggo. Sa huling balita, ayon sa DFA, itatakda ang araw ng pagbitay sa tatlong Filipino sa Marso 30. Maging si Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay na personal na tumungo noong nakaraang buwan sa Beijing upang ihingi sila ng kapatawaran o clemency sa mga kinauukulan ay hindi rin napagbigyan o dininig ng China. Sa ngayon ay mayroong pang 227 na Pilipino sa China ang nakakulong at ang iba ay nag-iintay pa ng huling hatol ng hukuman sa salang drugs smuggling.
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According to Foreign Affairs Minister Timothy C.T. Yang (right), Manuel Roxas (left) who stands as the Philippine envoy assured that the government will continue its probe, and punish the involve officials if proven guilty of violating the law. Yang is hoping that this move of the country is enough to need the slightly tarnished relationship of the two nations
ing tinanggihan ni PNoy sa halip ay sinabi niyang papaimbestigahan niya ang mga pangyayari at mananagot kung sino man ang nagkamali. Nagpasya ang Taiwan na patagalin ang pagproseso ng pagpaparating ng mga bagong OFW dito mag-
ing ang pag bigay ng free online Taiwan visa sa mga Pilipinong may U. S. visa ay pinahinto pansamantala. Sa tulong narin ng masugid na pakikipag-usap sa pagitan ng Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan
Economic & Cultural Affairs (TECO) at ng mga kinatawan ng Pilipinas tulad ng Manila Economic & Cultural Affairs (MECO) sa pangunguna ni Rep. Antonio Basilio, Philippine Labor Representative Mr. Reydeluz Conferido, Dr. James Dy na chairman emeritus ng Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association, Senator Mar Roxas at maging ang personal na pag bisita ni former Pres. Fidel Ramos masasabing naging tulay ito upang mabuo muli ang pagkakaunawan ng dalawang bansa. Itong March 14, 2010 ay tuluyan na nga naibasura ang pag ban sa mga OFW, natuwa ang Taiwan ng malaman na nabigyan ng karapatang aksyon ang mga opisyal na nagkamali, dalawa sa kawani ng Bureau of Immigration ang nasibak. Humanga sa huli ang Taiwan sa masugid na aksyon ng pamahalaang Aquino, ang pagpapadala niya ng kanyang personal emissary o trouble shooter na si Senator Mar Roxas na dalawang beses tumungo sa Taiwan upang pag usapan mabuti ang nangyaring gusot. Naging positibo din ang hakbang ng ating pamahalaan at hiniling ni Pres. Ma na maging posible ang pagtutulungan ng Taiwan at Pilipinas sa larangan ng ekonomiya.
Repatriation of OFWs in Libya continues amid air strikes
a gitna ng kaguluhan sa Libya dahil sa pagnanais ng mga mamamayan nito na mapatalsik ang kanilang lider na si Moammar Gaddafi sa kanyang pwesto marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naipit sa kaguluhan. Si Moammar Gaddafi ay namuno sa Libya ng mahigit sa 40 taon. Kamakailan ang Department of Affairs (DFA) ay nagpadala ng kinatawan ng bansa para sunduin ang libo-libong nating kababayan na nagtatrabaho sa bansang Libya na nagnanais makabalik sa Pilipinas para sa kanilang kaligtasan. Naging kritikal ang sitwasyon ng mga OFWs nang ihayag ng UN ang pagpapatupad ng No-fly zone sa bansang
Libya para protektahan ang mga sibilyan na maaaring madamay sa kaguluhang namamagitan sa grupo ni Gaddafi at ng mga rebelde. Naglunsad ng “airstrike mission” ang Amerika at ang mga kaalyadong bansa nito upang patumbahin ang depensa ng militar ni Moammar Gaddafi. Itinalaga si Undersecretary Ricardo Endaya ni Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario para pangunahan ang pagligtas sa 1,700 OFWs na ngayon ay nahihirapang makaalis ng Libya. Karamihan sa mga na istranded ay mga medical workers mula sa Tobruk, Derna at Al Bayda na noong una ay tumangging umalis ng Libya dahil pinangakuan sila ng kanilang mga
employer ng mas mataas na sahod at dagdag na benepisyo at sa pangambang hindi makahanap ng trabaho pagbalik nila sa bansang Pilipinas. Ngunit dahil na rin sa lumalalang kaguluhan ay napuno ngayon ng takot at pangamba na nagbunsod sa mga naiwan na makiusap sa gobyerno na sila ay tulungang makalikas sa lalong madaling panahon. Si Ambassador Alejandro Vicente at ang kanyang mga tauhan ay mananatili sa Tripoli para pangalagaan ang interes ng Pilipinas at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng mga Filipino na nagdesisyong manatili sa Libya dahil sa kanilang propesyon tulad ng mga nurses na kailangang kailangan ng mga may sakit at sugatan.
Timeline: Libya’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi February 15 &16
— A riot in Benghazi is triggered by the arrest of human rights activist Fethi Tarbel, who has worked to free political prisoners, Quryna newspaper says.
— Activists designate this day as a day of rage. It is the anniversary of clashes in 2006 in Benghazi when security forces killed protesters attacking the city’s Italian consulate. February 21 — Diplomats at Libya’s mission to the U.N. side with the revolt against their country’s leader and call on the Libyan army to help overthrow “the tyrant Muammar Gaddafi.” February 22 — A defiant Gaddafi vows to die “a martyr” in Libya and says he will crush a revolt which has seen eastern regions break free from four decades of his rule. February 24 — Anti-Libyan government militias take control of Misrata after evicting forces loyal to Gaddafi. February 26 — The U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Gaddafi and his family, and refers Libya’s crackdown on rebels to the International Criminal Court. February 28 — EU governments approve a package of sanctions against Gaddafi and his closest advisers including an arms embargo and bans on travel to the bloc. The 27 EU states also agree to freeze the assets of Gaddafi,
his family and government. — Gaddafi refuses to acknowledge the protests in the streets of Tripoli, saying, all Libyans love him. March 1 — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously suspends Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council because of violence by forces loyal to Gaddafi against protesters. March 5 — The national council meets in Benghazi and declares itself sole representative for Libya. March 9 — Gaddafi repeats earlier claims that the revolt is inspired by foreign al Qaeda militants. March 10 — War planes sent by forces loyal to Gaddafi bomb the oil town of Brega, extending attacks deeper into rebel-held territory in the east of Libya, rebels report. — Gaddafi takes back control of Zawiyah, about 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli. — France recognises the Libyan National Council, the rebel body fighting to oust Gaddafi, as the legitimate representative of Libya’s people, the first country to make the move. March 11 — Libya suspends diplomatic relations with France. March 12 — The Arab League calls for a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya. A meeting in Cairo decides that “serious crimes and great violations” committed by the Gaddafi government against his people has stripped it of
legitimacy. March 16 — Forces loyal to Gaddafi are near rebelheld Benghazi and “everything will be over in 48 hours,” Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam tells France-based TV channel Euronews. March 17 — The U.N. Security Council votes to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” -- code for military action -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi’s forces. March 19 — The first air strikes halt the advance of Gaddafi’s forces on Benghazi and target Libya’s air defences. — Gaddafi says there is no justification for a U.N. resolution aimed at ending violence in Libya and calls it “blatant colonialism,” al Jazeera reports. March 20 — Libya declares a fresh ceasefire contradicting a defiant speech by Gaddafi earlier in the day in which he said he is giving out weapons to his people. March 21 — Western forces launch a second wave of air strikes on Libya overnight and officials in Tripoli say a missile intended to kill Gaddafi destroys a building in his fortified compound. — A Libyan government health official says 64 people are killed by Western bombardments, but it is impossible to verify the report independently. Reuters
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Japan's Resilience in the face of Catastrophe
eople around the world have witnessed the devastating disaster that ravaged Northeastern Coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. The town of Sendai, Honshu, is the nearest major city to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that has triggered an extremely destructive tsunami waves that killed thousands of people. The tsunami was rated as a “major tsunami”, being at least 3 m (9.8 ft) high. The actual height predicted varied, the greatest being for Miyagi Prefecture the hardest hit place, at 10 m (33 ft) high. The T?hoku earthquake is one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world, so powerful that it moved Japan’s main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) closer to North America and shifted the Earth on its axis and shortened day by 1.8 microseconds. The tsunami also damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant triggering the government to declare a state of emergency following the failure of the cooling system at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the evacuation of nearby residents. 50 workers are hailed heroes by the world as they braved the radiation, risking exposure to save the lives of millions from a possible nuclear meltdown. Countries all over the world are showing their sympathy and support for the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that rendered even the most technologically advanced country as Japan helpless. Twelve days after the disaster the death toll now climbed to 9,523 and still expected to increase, 2,755 injured and 16,094 people still missing. The fortunate ones who were lucky to escape are now living in shelters and still trying to locate their missing love ones and in dire need of help as food and water and gas become scarce and help are being slowed down by the threat of radiation. After seeing the tragedy that struck Japan the whole world have poured in their prayers and messages via tweet, facebook and other means of media to communicate their sadness on what transpired. 102 coun-
tries and 14 international organizations immediately offered their assistant in a rescue effort to help Japan seek for survivors from the massive quake and tsunami. Famous and ordinary people alike have joined together in their humanitarian effort to raise funds for the victims of the biggest disaster that Japan encountered since the great Kobe earthquake in 1995. Countries rush to send rescue teams and supplies as a humanitarian support in these desperate times. More than 450,000 are now living in shelters making the most of what was left and given to them. It is heart wrenching to watch the most documented earthquake and tsunami that unfolded but what is more heart wrenching to watch is how the Japanese survivors are facing what happened in a calm and dignified manner. The resilience and respect for each other of this people are admirable given their circumstances. Amidst the triple disasters that struck this country and with the growing fear of a nuclear meltdown, no looting or riots were ever reported. People fall in line for hours for just a bit of food and water and gas. There were no display of anger or outbursts, no complaints even in their pitiful condition. They always put the others first before their selves and share to others what they have even if they themselves need water and sustenance. They have displayed traits that the whole world cannot help but admire and love. Their determination and courage to rise above the occasion is definitely unparalleled. The disaster has made an impact on the whole world and we should be thankful to God that we still have the chance to make a difference. On this note, we should realize that this is the time to give back in any way we can to a country who is the second most generous giver of foreign aid in the world. Let us all offer our prayers for the loss of lives and livelihood and uncertain future. Let us pray that Japan may be able to rebuild their lives and come out of this crisis stronger and braver.
Model looks nakamit
Si Rhina Abella nangangarap na maging kamukha ng artista o kungdi man ay magkaroon ng self confidence. Natupad ang pangarap ni Rhina nang matuklasan niya ang isang produkto. Nasa EEC Elite Mart si Rhina, isang araw ng kaniyang day off. Nagtitingin siya ng mga paninda pagkatapos magshopping ng mga damit. Napansin niya na may dalawang babae na dumaan at bumili ng produk-
tong tinatawag na upgraded version ng Dream Love 1000 5 in 1 body essence lotion na gawa sa England. Naging curious si Rhina at tinanong sa saleslady ang tungkol sa produkto. Sinabi nito kay Rhina na epektibo ang naturang lotion sa libu-libong mga Pilipina at ginagamit na din daw ito ng mga sikat na artista sa Pilipinas. Bumili si Rhina ng ilang tubes, pagkauwi ay ipinahid ito ng ayon sa instruction sheet. Makalipas ang dalawang linggo, naramdamaman niya agad ang pagbabago sa katawan. Nabawasan siya ng ilang pounds at 2 inches na taba sa baywang, hita, braso at balakang. Nagkaroon
din ng korte ang kaniyang katawan. Pumuti ang mukha at nagkaroon ito ng glow. Ngayon lamang naramdaman ni Rhina na malusog ang kaniyang pangangatawan at sinabi pa niya sa amin na marami ng pumupuri sa kaniya ngayon at dumami rin ang kaniyang manliligaw. Simula noon ay hindi na tumigil si Rhina na gumamit ng upgraded version ng Dream Love 1000 5 in 1 Body Essence Lotion dahil nakatulong ang Rhina Abella produkto
upang gumanda sumeksi at pumuti siya katulad ng isang artista.
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By Limary Ng, EEC Now Staff
(1) Cars are seen perched on a devastated buildings in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit northeastern Japan. (2) A woman reacts amidst debris caused by Friday’s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan. (3) Hundred of victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami were buried in a mass grave. Soldiers at the burial ceremony in Higashimatsushima city in Miyagi stood to attention and paid their respects with a salute to the victims. (4) People put away cans containing beer and juice swept out from a beer factory in Sendai. (5) An elderly woman is helped by a police officer to disembark from a rubber boat after being evacuated to a safer place in Ishinomaki. (6) People ride bicycles with the backdrop of a flooded road in Shiogama. (7) Tsunami survivors cook and eat in front of their damaged house in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (state) after the area was badly damaged by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. (8) Cars form a long line in front of a gas station in Sumita, Iwate, northern Japan Tuesday, March 15, 2011 following Friday’s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Japan Disaster Timeline Friday, March 11 - An undersea earthquake with a magnitude initially put at 8.9, one of the most powerful ever recorded, strikes off Japan's north-eastern coast at 2.46pm local time. The authorities issued a tsunami warning. - A 10m tsunami smashes over the north-eastern Japanese coast, causing massive damage and flooding. A series of aftershocks follows, many exceeding magnitude 6.0. - Japanese authorities announce that four nuclear power stations in quake-hit areas have been shut down. Eventually 11 of the nation's roughly 50 plants stop producing power. - The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake was the most powerful to hit Japan since records began. Saturday, March 12: - The Japanese government orders the evacuation of residents living close to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where the disaster caused cooling systems to fail and sparked fears of a meltdown. - An explosion occurs in a building housing one of the plant's reactors. - Japan mobilizes 100,000 military and other rescue personnel. Offers of aid pour in from around the world, including from the US military stationed in Japan. - Video images show the extent of the damage, with the tsunami washing away houses and cars and hurling ships far inland, while fires blaze over large areas. - USGS says the force of the quake moved Honshu - Japan's main island - by 2.4m.
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Sunday, March 13: - The government says 230,000 people have been evacuated from the vicinity of the crippled nuclear reactors. - The police chief in badly hit Miyagi prefecture says the number of deaths is certain to exceed 10,000 in his region alone. - Prime Minister Naoto Kan says Japan is facing its worst crisis since the end of World War II. - A man who was swept out to sea on a piece of the roof of his house is rescued by a naval vessel around 15km off the coast. - The Japanese government announces energy rationing due to the shutdown of nuclear power stations. Millions of residents are without any power or water. Monday, March 14: - A second explosion occurs at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power station. - Rescuers say they have found 2,000 bodies in Miyagi prefecture. - Share prices plunge 6.18 per cent on the Tokyo stock exchange. - A United Nations humanitarian agency says 1.4 million Japanese are without running water and more than half a million have been evacuated. - The International Atomic Energy Agency says it is 'very unlikely' Fukushima will turn into a Chernobyl-like situation. - USGS upgrades the magnitude of Friday's quake to 9.0. Tuesday, March 15: - Two more blasts and a fire rock the Fukushima plant and radiation levels around the facility reach dangerous levels, prompting the government to
advise people up to 30km from the reactor to stay indoors. - Officials say that higher-than-normal radiation levels are detected in Tokyo. - The official death toll from the disaster passes 2,400. - Japan stocks fall more than 14 per cent before clawing back some losses with shares ending down 10.55 per cent. - The Bank of Japan pumps eight trillion yen (almost S$130 billion) into the financial system to soothe shaken money markets following a record 15-trillion yen injection on Monday. Wednesday, March 16: - A new fire erupts at the Fukushima plant. Workers are briefly evacuated, as a tall white cloud is seen billowing into the sky over the complex. - Radiation levels at the plant's entrance spike before easing. - Another strong 6.0-magnitude aftershock hits. Buildings in Tokyo sway. - Emperor Akihito delivers a rare address to the nation, offering his prayers and expressing his deep concern over the escalating nuclear crisis. - The official number of dead and missing surpasses 11,000. - Tokyo shares rebound after the biggest two-day sell-off in 24 years. The headline Nikkei share index closed up 5.68 per cent on bargain hunting. - The Bank of Japan pumps another 3.5 trillion yen into the financial system. Thursday, March 17: - The official number of dead and missing hits 14,650, a rise of nearly 1,000 in just a few hours. - Foreign governments urge their citizens to leave Tokyo and US State Department author-
izes the voluntary departure of US embassy family members. - Chinook helicopters dump tons of water in a desperate effort to cool overheating nuclear reactors. Fire engines are also put into action. - The government says Japan faces major blackouts unless energy use falls. - Tokyo shares close down 1.44 per cent as the central bank injects another five trillion yen into its buckling financial system. - The United States offers to give Japan any support that it needs, the Tokyo government says. - President Barack Obama orders a 'comprehensive review' of US nuclear safety and vows to learn lessons from Japan's crisis. - Mr Obama says he does not expect harmful radiation to reach the United States. Friday, March 18: - Engineers working to restore power to the stricken Fukushima plant manage to get a power line onto the site, hoping to reactivate crucial water pumps. - At the same time, a fleet of fire trucks are pushed into service to bring overheating at the plant's reactors and fuel storage tanks, known as containment pools, under control. - The number of people confirmed dead hits 6,539, surpassing the toll from the Kobe earthquake in 1995 and making it Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto quake, which killed more than 142,000. - The Bank of Japan pumps another three trillion yen into the markets. Stocks close up 2.72 per cent. - A moment of silence is held to mark one week since the quake. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com
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In the wake of the Japan Nuclear Crisis, what can we do to protect ourselves and our families from the potential risks?
Currently there are three operational Nuclear Power Plants in Taiwan and a fourth one is underway. And now the citizens have growing concerns amid the Japan Nuclear Crisis despite the assurances of the governement. The Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant is located in Shihmen District and the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant is in Wanli both are in New Taipei City. No. 3 is the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Kenting. The Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant (formerly Gongliao Nuclear Power Plant and Fourth Nuclear Power Plant) in Yenliao Township and which is believe to be lying within an area known for its underwater volcanoes. Lee Chao-shing, a professor of applied geosciences at National Taiwan Ocean University, said last year that as many as 70 underwater volcanoes are located within an 80km radius of the soon-to-beoperational Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao District wherein up to 11 of those volcanoes are active. Why talk about nuclear power plants? Nuclear power plants operate in most states in the country and produce about 20 percent of the nation’s power. Nuclear power plants use the heat generated from nuclear fission in a contained environment to convert water to steam, which powers generators to produce electricity. Nuclear radiation is a byproduct of nuclear fission, and radioactive particles released into the air can be harmful to people, animals, crops, and the environment. Although the construction and operation of nuclear power plants are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accidents at these plants are possible. An accident at a nuclear power plant could release dangerous levels of radiation that could affect the health and safety of the people living near the plant.
What is radiation?
Radioactive materials are composed of atoms that are unstable. An unstable atom gives off its excess energy until it becomes stable. The energy emitted is radiation. Each of
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us is exposed to radiation daily from natural sources, including the sun and earth. Small traces of radiation are present in food and water. Radiation has a cumulative effect. The longer a person is exposed to radiation, the greater the risk. A high exposure to radiation can cause serious illness or death.
How can I protect myself in case of a nuclear power plant accident? The three basic ways to reduce your exposure are through: • Time. Decrease the amount of time you spend near the source of radiation. • Distance. Increase your distance from a radiation source. • Shielding. Increase the shielding between you and the radiation source. Shielding is anything that creates a barrier between people and the radiation source. Depending on the type of radiation, the shielding can range from something as thin as a plate of window glass or as thick as several feet of concrete. Being inside a building or a vehicle can provide shielding from some kinds of radiation.
company or government officials. • Evacuate if you are advised to do so. • Close and lock doors and windows. • Keep car windows and vents closed; use re-circulating air. • Listen to a local radio station for evacuation routes and other instructions. • Keep your pets with you and take them with you if you evacuate. You will not be allowed to return for them until local authorities say that it is safe to return. • If you are not advised to evacuate, remain indoors. • Shelter livestock and give them stored feed, if time permits. • Bring pets indoors with you. • Close doors and windows. • Turn off the air conditioner, ventilation fans, furnace, and other air intakes. • Go to a basement or other underground area if possible. • Keep a battery-powered radio with you at all times. • Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. Lines will be needed for emergency calls. • Wash uncovered food before eating it. If you suspect you have come into contact with radioactive particles: • Take a thorough shower. • Change your clothes and shoes. • Put exposed clothing in a plastic bag. • Seal the bag and place it outside. • If you suspect that your pets have also come into contact with radioactive materials, shower with your pet if at all possible. If you shower first and then deal with your pet, you may re- contaminate yourself. Be sure to lather fur and rinse thoroughly. Afterward, keep direct control of your pet to control what it contacts.
What to Do During a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency • Listen carefully to the warning. Not all incidents result in the release of radiation. The incident could be contained inside the plant and pose no danger to the public. • Stay tuned to a local radio or television station. Local authorities will provide specific information and instructions. • Be aware that local instructions should take precedence over any advice given on national broadcasts or in books. • Review the public information materials you received from the power
What to do after a Nuclear Power Plant emergency • If you were told to evacuate, do not return home until local authorities say it is safe. • If you were advised to stay in your home, do not go outside until local authorities say it is safe. • Get medical treatment for any unusual symptoms, like nausea, that may be related to radiation exposure. • Until local authorities say it is safe, do not return home or, if you are sheltering at home, do not allow your pets to go outdoors for any reason. Source: http://www.redcross.org
What is the potential danger from a nuclear power plant accident? The potential danger from an accident at a nuclear power plant is exposure to radiation. This exposure could come from the release of radioactive material from the plant into the environment. The area the radioactive material may affect is determined by the amount released from the plant, wind direction and speed, and weather conditions. The major hazards to people in the vicinity are radiation exposure to the body and inhalation and ingestion of radioactive materials.
Top 10 Celebrity Endorsers These people were chosen by the advertisers for their popularity, good looks, style, appeal and credibility. Testimonials continue to be one of the most effective advertising tools in the Philippines. Here the top 10 celebrity endorsers: 1. Manny Pacquiao – considered as the most influential celebrity endorser who can attract the consuming public from class A to the masses. He is the first Filipino to endorse the famous international brand Nike. His endorsements include: Sony, San Miguel Beer, Red Horse Beer, Alaxan, X-treme Magic Sing, Darlington Socks, Head and Shoulders, McDonalds, Surf, Datu Puti, Magnolia Ice Cream, Smart Buddy All Text Load, Cafe Puro, Thunder Energy Drink, Motorstar, Nike and others
2. Kris Aquino – The Queen of Media continues to wow her advertisers by her gifts of charisma, honesty and free spirited character. Her son Bimby is also a favorite product endorser, the mother and son has numerous products endorsed over the years. Endorsements include: Maggi Magic Sarap All in One Seasoning Granules, Nido 3+, Downy Fabric Conditioner, Goldilocks Bakeshop, Kashieca, Eight o’ Clock, 555 Tuna, Pantene Shampoo, San Miguel Beer, Smart Communications, GynePro Feminine Wash, Philip Stein Watches, Bench, Purefoods Chunkee Corned Beef, Casino Femme Rubbing Alcohol, Heartvit Food Supplement, Oishi Prawn Crackers, Magnolia Chicken, San Miguel Supremo
Vinegar, White Cat Detergent, RFM spaghetti noodles and others.
3. Sharon Cuneta – The Megastar is the most expensive yet one of the most effective product endorsers in the Philippines. A house-hold name who everyone knows she is also known to be a product user of what she endorses. Endorsements include: Lucky Me, Nido Fortified Milk, McDonald’s, Nestle Ice Cream, Tempra Syrup for Kids,Smart Communications, Marie France Fitness Center and others.
4. Sarah Geronimo – The Pop Princess impress her advertisers with her youthful spirit, good image and the ability to attract consumers through her testimonies. Her endorsements include Nescafe 3 in 1 Coffee, Jollibee, Globe Tattoo, Unica Hija, Lucky Me Pancit Canton, Sunsilk, Cebuana Lhuiller, Vaseline Healthy White Lotion, Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise, AMA Medical, Nursing, and Computer Schools, Careline Mr. Clean, Hapee Toothpaste, HerBench and others. 5. Marian Rivera – The queen of Primetime is loved by the masses, the advertisers finds Marian effective because of her beautiful face and instant recognition among the buyers. The endorsements include Real Leaf, SM Development Corporation, San Marino Corned Tuna,San Mig Light Beer, Honda Beat, Jag Jeans, Nesvita Cereal Drink, MaxiPeel, Fit ‘n Right, Sunsilk Shampoo,Gran Matador Brandy,Panasonic,PLDT Landline Plus, PLDT Reloadable Card, Natasha Beauty Cosmetics, Laserlight Hair Removal, Blue Water Day Spa, Skin White Lotion and others.
6.Kim Chiu – One of the shiniest star of her generation, Kim’s positive image creates positive results to her product endorsements. These include Cherry Mobile, Chowking, Payless Pancit Shanghai, Enervon Multivitamins, Rejoice, Whisper Sanitary Napkins, Ph Care Feminine Wash, Smart Buddy, Smart Sandbox,Voice Combo Sandwich,Bench, Jollibee, Close-up, Nescafe, Coca Cola, Knick Knack and others. 7. Ding Dong Dantes – One of the most appealing male celebrity, an ideal and effective male endorser because of his looks, intelligence and personality. His endorsements include Real Leaf, Clear Men Shampoo, San Marino Corned Tuna, San Mig Light Beer, Gran Matador Brandy, Bench, Medicol, TM Mobile Network, My Phone, National Bookstore 8. KC Concepcion – Having proven she is not only the daughter of the Megastar, KC has worked her ways to attain the stardom she is in. Her wholesome image, wit, and beauty are the reasons why her endorsements are numerous. Some of her endorsements include Real Leaf, Garnier, Bayo, Enervon Multivitamins, Ph Care Feminine Wash, Palmolive Shampoo, Sara Lee, Sony Cybershot Camera, Human Clothing Line.
9. Piolo Pascual – The original heartthrob and teleserye famous leading man is the top endorser to the female target market. His good looks and fit body makes him an ideal product endorser. His endorsements include Real Leaf, Centrum, Bench, Banco de Oro, Belo, Clear AntiDundruff Shampoo, Smart, Max’s Fried Chicken, Bluewater Spa San Mig Coffee, Speed Babad and others.
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eople residing in Taiwan are very lucky since they do not need to go to other countries to enjoy the beauty of Cherry Blossoms. Taiwan is home to a wide variety of cherry trees that blooms from February until early weeks of April. So people should not miss the chance to see the full bloom of the cherry blossoms which is a romantic sight to behold. Cherry blossom or Sakura is a sign of good fortune and an emblem of love, affection, and represents the coming of spring. Cherry blossom viewing is an increasingly popular springtime activity. More and more cherry trees are being planted in hilly suburbs and downtown areas of New Taipei City. The cityâ€™s Tourism and Travel Department says that cherry trees start to blossom by the end of January, but people have already seen some trees blooming ahead of time in Wulai. Apart from Wulai, which is a well-known place for cherry blossom spotting, Sanjhih, Tamsui, Pingsi, Jinshan and Shi-
The Cherry Blossom Avenue and Tianyuan Temple are two new spots for admiring cherry blossoms in the Tamsui
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hding also provide plenty of observation points. Cherry trees in these areas come into blossom at the beginning of February. These places could be good options for outdoor walks over the Lunar New Year holidays. The tourism bureau says that there are several varieties of cherry tree in Wulai, with each variety blossoming at different times. The Taiwan cherry, Yoshino cherry and Yaezakura cherry come into flower one after another. The best time to view them is between February and March. Cherry blossoms are to be seen all over Wulaiâ€™s scenic area, as well as various kinds of mountain birds that flock among the flowers, so people can enjoy the cherry blossoms and go birdwatching at the same time.
area. The Cherry Blossom Avenue is about three km long, with 1,200 native Taiwan cherry trees and 500 of the Yoshino variety. They blossom in February, creating a stunningly beautiful scene when they are in full bloom. About five km from Tamsui lies the Tianyuan Temple, where 600 Yoshino cherry trees blossom in mid-tolate March. So many visitors come to see these flowers that the line of vehicles can stretch for several kilometers. Cherry trees have been being planted along roadsides in Sanjhih since 1996. There are now 15,000 of them along almost 70 km of road, and they can be seen in full bloom in early February. Source: www.taipeitimes.com
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Laman ng balita ngayon ang pagiging depress ni Pokwang dahil sa nawalang noon time show ng ABS noon na Pilipinas Win na Win. Ayon sa mga naglalabasang mga balita hindi daw matanggap ni Pokwang na sa Banana Split nalang siya napapanood ngayon. Nag hihirap na rin daw siya dahil sa pagka-alis ng noon time show. Nagpahayag naman si Pokwang na walang katotohanan ang mga lumabas na balita aniya “Hindi ako maghihirap ng bonggang bongga kagaya ng sinasabi nila. May ipon naman ako, wala naman akong bisyong malala at marunong naman ako sa pera.” Ilan pa sa mga lumabas na balita ay tanggal din daw siya sa casting ng Temptation Island maging ang Mana Po na dapat daw ay kanyang pagbibidahan ay ibinigay kay Melai Cantiveros (Pinoy Big Brother big winne). Siya daw ang original choice ng ABS para sa show ngunit sa hindi malamang kadahilanan ay naputa ito kay Melai. Dahil dito lumabas ang balitang nagwala sa loob ng opisina ng ABS si Pokwang na kanya naman agad na itinanggi.
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Sa advance birthday party ni Baby James na inisponsor ng RFM Foods kung saan ay endorser ngayon ang mag-inang sina Kris Aquino at Baby James ng RFM spaghetti noodles, binuking ni Baby James ang amang si James Yap ng tanungin ni Ricky Lo, isa sa mga batikan na reporter, ang bata kung sino daw ang girlfriend ng ama at sinabi ni Baby James ay si “Isabel” at hindi pa raw niya ito nakikilala. Ayon kay Kris ay nangako siya kay James na hindi siya magbibigay ng any comments about dito. Dagdag pa ni Kris “Wala talaga sa akin. Kasi okay na kami ni James, eh. Hindi na kami nag-aaway. Whomever he will end up with, my main concern is pag pinakilala kay Bimby, di ba? magkaroon sila ng magandang relationship?” Wala na raw talaga kay Kris ang lahat maging ang selos dahil matagal narin nawala ang pagmamahal niya kay James. Kung sino man daw ang mamahalin ni James at mamahalin siya ay wala na talaga siyang pakialam, gusto lang niya na maging happy si James sa love life niya. Nang hingan naman ng pahayag si James sa nasabing interview ay tumanggi itong magsalita pero pinanindinggan niyang walang katotohanan ang mga balitang lumalabas patungkol sa kanila ni Isabel Oli, pawang magkaibigan lamang sila.
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oras sa paglalaro. Hiningan din ng pahayag si Phil Younghusband na nag sabing ang indie film na lumabas last year ay pawang promotion lamang para sa football aniya “I don’t think Angelica probably realized it. The indie film was not me acting. It’s not about me getting into acting or being an artista. It’s about football. It’s about promoting football. Maybe she just misunderstood it.” Nagpapasalamat siya sa mga fans sa patuloy na suporta, at sa ngayon ang priority ni Phil ay ang football at hindi ang pag-aartista. Ayon kay Angelica ay itutuloy niya ang demanda sa nasabing fan at buo ang suporta ni Derek na ituloy niya ang laban. Napag alamanan niya na pwede daw niyang sampahan ng demanda ang fan at lalo pang lumakas ang loob ng malaman na mayroon silang common friend na naka pagbigay ng impormasyon sa totoong katauhan ng fan. Sa ngayon ay alam na ni Angelica ang full name at maging ang kinaroroonan ng fan. Isang mensahe ang iniwan ng aktres “Sinasabi ko nga na kaming mga artista ay gumagawa ng Twitter account upang mapalapit sa aming fans. So huwag nilang gawin way yun para murahin bastusin kami at tapak – tapakan ang pagkatao namin. Kasi artista kaming nagbibigay ng saya at hindi kami nambabastos ng tao. So huwag nilang gawin sa amin yun.”
Nang malaman ni Ethel Booba na bakla pala ang non showbiz Norwegian boyfriend nito ay naglasing at nagwala sa kanyang inuupahang condo unit sa Prince June Condominium sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City ang aktres. Bago sindihan ni Ethel ang lamp shade sa tabi ng kanyang kama ay nakapag sulat pa daw ito ng f**k y** sa ding-ding ng condo unit. Ayon sa building administrator ng condominium ay noong una ay naisipan nila maghain ng demandang arson o panununog laban sa aktres ngunit ng malaman nilang depression ang naging sanhi ng aksyon ay naawa ang mga board of directors ng nasabing condominium. Minabuti ng lahat na paalisin na lamang si Ethel sa nasabing gusali sa ikatatahimik ng mga nabulabog na tenants. Si Ethel ay lumabas sa mga palabas na Extra Challenge ng GMA 7 kung saan siya sumikat at sa Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition Season 2.
auuwi sa demandahan ang pag tweet ng isang fan ni Phil Younghusband, myembro ng Azkals (Philippine football team), kay Angelica Panganiban. Napikon at nabastos diumano si Angelica sa mga mensaheng binitawan ng nasabing fan. Ang laman ng tweet ng aktres ay “Si Phil may indie film? Akala ko ba football player siya??? Lahat na lang artista na. Sad.” Ayon kay Angelica nag tweet lang daw siya patungkol kay Phil Younghusband ng marinig niya na may pinagbidahang indie film last year ang football player. Sinabi ni Angelica na huwag na raw sanang mag showbiz si Phil. Mag concentrate nalang daw ito sa paglalaro ng football. Dahil dito ay sinagot naman ng mga fans si Angelica at kinontra ang aktes. Ayon sa aktres sa una ay nakiki ride lang siya sa mga fans sinabi daw ng ilan na madamot siya na gusto lang niya siya lang daw ang artista, at sa tinuturong fan na nambastos sa kanya na nagsabing “yun basurang walang magawa buong araw kundi ts*m*p* sasali rin?,” nasabi din na stupid worthless slut siya at ampon lang daw siya na itinapon ng kanyang tatay kaya ganyan ang breeding niya, dito na nag simula ang inis ng aktres. Ngunit ang nagpagalit kay Angelica ay ng sabihan ng fan na si Derek nga daw eh nagka bali bali na ang buto wala parin naiuuwing parangal para sa Pilipinas. Iniyakan ito ni Angelica dahil sa hindi daw alam ng iba na nanalo sa Frisbee competition sila Derek dala ang bandera ng Pilipinas maski walang anumang suporta ang nakukuha sa bansa. Si Derek pa daw ang gumagastos sa bawat kompetisyon upang ma represent lang ang Pilipinas. Nakasali na nga daw sila Derek sa Shanghai, Italy at Brazil at sa bawat pagkakataon ay karangalan ang inuuwi ng kanyang boyfriend at kung mabibigyan lang ng parehong atensyon ang Frisbee tulad ng ibinibigay sa mga Azkals ay siguradong hihinto na raw ito sa showbiz at ibibigay ang buong
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Sa interview ng The Buzz kay Sarah Geronimo ay inamin nito na nagkabati na sila ni Crsitine Reyes. Ang pagbabati ay naganap sa dressing room ng ASAP XV March 20 episode kung saan ay pinuntahan ni Sarah si Cristine, ayon kay Sarah ay pagkakita pa lang niya ay agad na niyang niyakap si Cristine ng mahigpit at hindi pinakawalan habang humihingi siya nga sorry sa mga nangyari. Matagal na daw ito gustong gawin ni Sarah dahil sa alam niyang ito lang ang makakapagpagaan ng kanilang mga damdamin. Humingi siya ng tawad kung nasaktan man daw niya si Cristine sa mga pangyayari noon kung saan ay matatandaang naging isang malaking gulo noong December ang naging komento ni Sarah ng sabihin niya kay John Pratts na “ang magagaling na dancers ay habulin ng seksing babae.” Hindi lang kay Christine humingi ng paumanhin si Sarah maging ang naging boyfriend nitong si Rayver Cruz ay nahingan narin niya ng sorry. Si Cristine man ay humingi ng patawad sa mga masasakit na salitang kanyang nasabi sa twitter maging sa mga interviews patungkol kay Sarah at sa kanyang ina. Sa usapan ng mga nakasaksi sa backstage ng ASAP ang naging pinakamasaya sa pagbabati ay si Rayver at lumabas din na ang ina daw ni Sarah na si Mommy Divine ang hindi kumporme sa naging aksyon ni Sarah dahil sa lumabas pa siya ang kailangang makipag bati sa dalawa. Ito na nga ang isang magandang pagtatapos sa isa sa pinaka malaking showbiz intrigue noong 2010.
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Ikinagulat at ikinalungkot ng mga kasamahan ng aktor na si John Apacible sa “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” ang biglaan nitong pagkamatay noong Marso 20. Dalawang tama ng bala ng baril sa dibdib ang kumitil sa buhay ng 38 taong gulang na aktor. Ang suspect sa pagpatay ay si Armando Rustia na tiyuhin ng biktima. Nangyari ang insidente alas-tres ng madaling-araw sa Primerose Street, Greenland Subdivision, Barangay San Juan, Cainta, Rizal. Diumano, umakyat sa itaas ng bahay si Armando at kinuha ang 9 mm na baril para takutin ang kanyang nagwawalang pamangkin, pero hindi raw ito nagpaawat. Nagpambuno ang dalawa at walang nagawa si Sara, ang umaawat na asawa ni Armando. Kusa namang sumuko ang suspect na nakakulong ngayon sa Cainta Police Station matapos siyang i-turn over ng Camp Crame kay Police Supt. Manuel Cesar Prieto, ang Provincial Director ng Rizal. Hinihintay pa ng Cainta Police ang pormal na pagsasampa ng kaso ng naulilang pamilya ni John laban kay Armando.
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Japan’s nuclear crisis has sparked panic buying of anti-radiation medications on online bids in Asia, but health experts hosed down the hysteria and warned the pills are of limited use. Supplies of potassium iodide, a preventive against radiation poisoning of the thyroid gland, are running low at some manufacturers in the U. S. Here are some Q&A’s from the World Health Organization (WHO) about potassium iodide: What are potassium iodide pills? Potassium iodide pills are a source of stable (i.e. non-radioactive) iodine. The thyroid gland requires
iodine to produce thyroid hormones. The presence of stable iodine in the body in an appropriate amount blocks the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine (radioiodine), reducing the risk of thyroid cancer which may follow from exposure to radioiodine. Potassium iodide pills are not “radiation antidotes”. They do not protect against external radiation, or against any other radioactive substances besides radioiodine. They may also cause medical complications for some individuals with poorly functioning kidneys. As per the World Health Organiza-
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How to love consciously
By Alex Blackwell nowing how someone wants to be loved and then providing that love are two separate things. Sometimes marriages and other relationships end because either one person does not understand how to love or meet the needs of the other; or one partner refuses to meet the needs of the other. To love consciously is a choice. Mary Beth and I often say being married is very similar to having another full-time job – you get out of it what you put into it. Our marriage is like a savings account. My wife and I make deposits into it never expecting we may need to make a withdrawal. However, when we do request a withdrawal there are no associated penalties. With over 23 years of marriage under our belts, we have found the following strategies work best to love intentionally; to love authentically and to love consciously.
Be Happy, Not Right
Here’s a question for you, “Would you rather be right, or happy?” Too often our pride and egos can keep us from enjoying intimate relationships. We stew over what we think are injustices, but are perhaps only misunderstandings. We carry grudges and do not show enough grace, passion or forgiveness to the person we care most about. Our need to be right can overshadow our need to receive, and give, love. Take a look at what your pride is costing you. If intimacy is strained and the relationship is off track you may want to reconsider the value of your anger or self righteousness. Here’s the thing: You may be right in the argument although you partner thinks otherwise, but you will never be wrong when you put your partner first. Happiness always feels better than vindication.
No Day But Today
What would you say to your partner if you knew this was the last day you would be together? Would you complain about the television being too loud, or would you remind your partner of their value and significance? Life does have an expiration date. This isn’t meant to be a downer – just a reality we all share. It’s what you do with this information that will make the difference. While it’s very difficult to sustain a high-level of connection and passion on a day-today basis, there are some simple things you can do to convey your partner’s importance to let them know they are important today: * Kiss your mate at least twice a day * Leave a quick note just to say “hi,” or “I love you” * Never do anything you wouldn’t want your partner to know * Be fully present when they need to talk or share something important * Make the effort to spend some time together each day
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Price Hike for Japan airline tickets
In the wake of the nuclear crisis more and more Filipinos residing in Japan are deciding to evacuate and return to the Philippines in the hope of escaping the radiation threat. However, sky high prices of airline tickets are hindering our countrymen in their desire to be able to get home safely. They are requesting the Philippine government to help them pay half the amount of the plane ticket that soar up to P160,000 from the usual P30,000. However, Philippine Airlines, (PAL), said that they did not raise its airfare. They explained that ticket prices are usually much higher when purchased just days before the flight. PAL also urged people to buy tickets online instead of through travel agencies. The Airline will also waive re booking fees for those with advanced tickets who wishes to go to Philippines much earlier.
Banco Filipino sparks ire and panic from depositors
Depositors in branches in Kamias, Timog, and Munoz in Quezon City were surprised to find out the bank is closed Tuesday sparking panic that the thrift bank went on a bank holiday. But the Banco Filipino vice chairman Perfecto Yasay denied the accusation saying that some of its employees did not report for work on Tuesday. Since March 11 the thrift bank had difficulty servicing withdrawals and couldn’t clear checks. Banco Filipino admitted that there had been “extraordinary financial panic” and “heavy withdrawals” and blamed the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for not acting on their request for a P25 billion financial assistance. One of the client deposited her P80,000 that she is saving for her children’s tuition fee, but now feels frustrated because she cannot withdraw her money. Another one is a client who depends on her monthly interest to buy medicines for her diabetes cannot help but cry in despair.
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A simple “thank you” in response to a trivial or ordinary item can make a significant difference. It only takes a few short moments to utter these two words, but the impact can be felt for a very long time. Showing gratitude is also the best strategy for ensuring the things you are most grateful for continue to happen. When we stop and tell our partners what we are grateful for, we are also telling the Universe. By making the effort, the conscious decision, to express our thanks we are in a better position of receiving more of it in the future. If you want your partner to be grateful, it starts by you showing gratitude, first.
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Judgments are often times rooted in perception, not reality. Judgments are also a piece of how you see the world, not the way the world, or in this case your partner, actually exists. The harm with judgments is resentment and anger are typically the outcomes – not the change that is expected. When a judgment is made, there is an implied belief the behavior or trait being judged should be corrected. However, the person receiving the judgment does not always share the same expectation. As a result, communication is impaired, connection is deteriorated and conflict ensues. To love deliberately and consciously requires loving your partner with a different filter – a cleaner filter that does not have the residue of past contaminants.
Be Aware of Your Own Thoughts & Feelings
Loving authentically is dependent on loving yourself, first. Before you share love, and share yourself with someone, it is important to beware of what you want. Reality suggests, however, we fall in love and begin relationships before we have a clear idea of our own true feelings. When this happens, there is still plenty of time to discover your needs – this is called growth. Give yourself opportunities outside of the relationship. Build friendships and pursue interests on your own. A good relationship exists when both people can live without the other, but choose to be together. A relationship built on a foundation of sharing different interests cultivates more life and depth into it. You own your thoughts and feelings. These make you unique and keep you grounded with who you really are or growing to become. By doing so, you are in a much better position to love freely and honestly. Nature has a way of taking care of those things we put the most energy in and want to grow even stronger. -----------------------------------------------------Alex Blackwell is the founder and primary writer for www.thebridgemaker.com, an honestly written lifestyle blog dedicated to finding faith, sharing inspiration, and highlighting stories of personal change.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday warned people who insist on “protecting” themselves against nuclear radiation from Japan that an overdose of iodized salt could result in poisoning. It also allayed fears of radiation-tainted food products reaching the Philippines, saying it remains limited to the area near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. In an advisory posted on its website, the WHO said it is dangerous for people to take in large amounts of iodized salt if only to avoid the effects of radiation. “It is dangerous to take large amounts of iodized salt in order to increase the amount of stable iodine in the body. Increasing one’s daily intake of iodized salt will cause more harm than good,” the WHO said. It stressed that sodium chloride is acutely toxic in large amounts, that even tablespoon quantities of salt repeatedly taken over a short period of time could cause poisoning. Sun Star
Filipina nanny invited to the royal wedding
Prince William proved to be a man with honor, who could have believed that he has invited to his wedding with Kate Middleton on April a former nanny, Araceli Piccio or fondly called by the Royal Family as Miss Lillie. This is confirmed by Araceli’s sister Nimfa “Buddai” Piccio, a Bacolod society columnist. Out of the 2,000 invites distributed last month she get to received one that will let her and her one additional guest to witness the much awaited wedding ceremony at the Westminster Abbey in London. The wedding will be attended by the royal figures, political leaders and famous celebrities. It will be her chance to see in person the A list people of the world. The prince might also be able to fulfill his promise to Araceli that “When I get married, I will take you back.” The late Princess Diana was the one who gave her the name Miss Lillie, she was a part of the royal household staff until she resigned a few years after Princess Di’s accidental death in 1997. She was also the nanny of Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry. Araceli was also the first Filipina ever to have been employed by the Royal Family. She recalls that both Prince Charles and Princess Diana are both beautiful persons inside and out. They received hand written cards as well as gifts during their birthdays. They would also host events to bond with their staffs.
House votes 212-46, impeaches Ombudsman
After eight hours of marathon debates last March 21, the House of Representatives impeached shortly after midnight Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez in a voting that more or less followed party lines. Voting 212-46 with four abstentions, the House impeached Gutierrez, eight months since the first of the two impeachment complaints was filed against her in July. Those who voted “no” came from both the administration and the opposition bloc, including former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua, and Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla. There were unconfirmed reports that San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito changed his vote from “no” to “yes.” Among those who abstained were Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, wife of Sen. Bong Revilla, and Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, son of Sen. Manny Villar. The abstention appears to be connected to the fact that both senators would be acting as judges when Gutierrez’s case goes on trial in the Senate. Most of the “no” votes came from the opposition bloc. Gutierrez is accused of betrayal of public trust for allegedly sitting on major corruption and human rights cases involving Mrs. Arroyo and some of her officials. The Philippine Star
Malaya na si Ping Lacson
Kinatigan ng Court of Appeals (CA) ang pagbabasura ng warrant of arrest ni Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson na inihain sa kanya ng pamilyang Dacer para sa Dacer – Corbito case. Si Bubby Dacer ay isang kilalang journalist na ipinapatay kasama ng kanyang driver na si Emmanuel Corbito sa Indang, Cavita noong 2000 sa panahon ng panunungkulan ng dating pangulong Erap Estrada. Nakasaad sa desisyon ng CA na “The petitioner’s Urgent Motion for Clarification dated February 7, 2011 is granted”. Ang pagwawalang bisa sa arrest warrants sa mga Criminal Cases Nos. 10272905 & 10272906 ay kailangan na agad na ipatupad. Ayon sa panayam kay Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile ang pagwawalang bisa nitong warrant of arrest ay nagpalaya kay Lacson upang harapin niya muli ang dating buhay, lumantad at bumalik upang mapaglingkuran muli ang taong bayan. Sa paglabas ni Lacson ay mabibigyan ng kasagutan ang mga tanong na bumabalot sa kanyang pagtatago sa matagal na panahon. Sa desisyon ng CA ay walang ano mang sangay ng pamahalaan ang makakapag aresto kay Lacson at sakaling arestuhin ang senador ay magkakaroon ng paglabag sa karapatan nito at maging sa mga kinatawan niyang mamamayang bumoto sa kanya sa senado. Maaari pa rin sampahan ng kaso si Lacson kung ito ay ipagpapatuloy ng mga pamilya ng mga biktima, sa kataas taasang korte o Supreme Court na ang paghahainan ng bagong apila. NO W April 2011
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Philippines' former President Fidel Ramos visited Taiwan last March 3-7. Per the former president his vist to Taiwan was not an official visit but more of pleasure such as attending a golf tournament. His activities also included visiting Hsinchu Science Park and meet with the Hsinchu and Changhua County magistrates. According to Legislator Lin Yu-fang, Ramos' visit is a way of expressing that Philippines is sorry about the deportation incident and hoping that will not affect the long-term friendship between the two countries. The Filipino community joined the forum held at the Migrant's Ugnayan Center in Taipei wherein they expressed their growing concerns on the tension between both countries. Aside from answering the questions raised by the workers, Ex-President Ramos also shared laugh and some motivational tips. The forum was joined by MECO and Labor officials headed by Rep. Antonio Basilio of Meco and Labor Representative Reydeluz D. Conferido.
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Ang pag-ibig ay laging maasahin sa Diyos. Hindi ito pesimista o patay ang pag-asa o nakapanghihina ng loob. Bakit? Sapagkat kilala natin na ang Diyos ang pinagmumulan ng pag-ibig. Alam natin na tinutupad niya ang kanyang pangako. Sinabi sa Banal na Kasulatan ang ganito. “Sa pamamagitan ng dalawang bagay na hindi kailanman nagbabago, hindi maaari para sa Diyos ang magsinungaling sa pamamagitan ng dalawang bagay na iyon. Ginawa niya ito upang tayo ay magkaroon ng matibay na kalakasan ng loob, na mga lumapit sa kaniya upang manangan sa pag-asang inilagay niya sa harapan natin. Ito ang ating pag-asa na katulad ng isang angkla ng ating kaluluwa ay matatag at may katiyakan. Ito ay pumapasok doon sa kabilang dako ng tabing. ” (Hebreo 6:18-19B) Ipinaliwanag ni John W. Ritenbaugh sa kanyang artikulo, Trumpets Is a Day of Hope ang talatang nabanggit. Dito raw ang pag-asa ay nakikitang nagmumula sa labas (external). Kahit para bang galing lamang ang pag-asa sa ating sariling kalooban, isip at unawa, sa labas talaga galing ito sa mga meron nito. Ang pag-asa ay bagay na tinatakbuhan natin upang maging kanlungan o kublihan natin at ito ay nasa langit kung saan naruruon ang Diyos. Duon sa langit ang kinalalagyan ng ating pag-asa kung kaya’t ito ay segurado para sa atin. Ang klase ng pag-asang ito na palaging ginagamit sa Biblia kaysa sa pag-asang panloob na galing sa sarili, ay tinatanaw na siyang pumupukaw at gumagawa ng pag-asa sa loob natin. Itong klase ng pag-asang ito ay ang pag-asa ng mga Kristiyano- ang bagay, ang pagkaunawa, ang isip, ang katunayan na mayroon nito. Halimbawa, ang pag-asa natin ay nasa Diyos, kay Jesus ayon sa sinabi ng Biblia. Ito ay maaaring galing sa pangako ng Diyos mismo, Sinalita ng Diyos, o kinaloob ng Diyos. Ang panloob na pag-asa nararanasan natin sa sariling isip o kalooban ay galing rin sa Diyos. Liban na lamang kung mali ang akala natin kung saan galing ang pag-asa. Minsan kasi ang pag-asa natin ay naruruon sa mga bagay gaya ng pera, pilosopya, mga kaalaman na mga pansamantala rin. Kung tutuusin galing din naman sa Diyos ang lahat ng bagay. Imbes na sa Diyos tumingin, duon sa mga bagay umaasa. Alam natin na Diyos ang may hawak ng lahat. Walang nangyayari sa labas ng kaalaman at permiso ng Diyos. Oo at mahirap matarok o maunawaan kung bakit minsan pinapayagan ng Diyos ang mga masakit na pangyayari sa ating buhay gaya ng sa Lindol at Tsunami sa Japan kung saan marami ang nasalanta at banta sa nuclear reactor sa Fukushima. Ang karakter ng Diyos na ipinahayag sa Biblia at sa naranasan na ng mga henerasyon ay nagdadala sa atin sa konklusyon na gusto at kaya ng Diyos na isustena tayo sa mga pinakamasamang pagkakataon. Alam natin ang pag-ibig ng Diyos ang ugat ng buhay na walang hanggan na darating. Ngunit ang nararanasan nating pighati ngayon ay wala kung ikukumpara sa kaluwalhatian na ibibigay sa atin sa panahon. Palalakasin niya tayo hanggang sa huli at palalayain niya tayo sa lahat ng bintang sa dakilang araw kapag dating ng ating Panginoon Jesu Cristo. Alam natin sa pag-ibig na hindi pa tapos ang storya. Palaging nakatala sa Biblia ang mga wala ng pag-asang kalagayan ngunit sa kahulihan ay nagtatagumpay. Isipin natin ang kalagayan ni Jose na ipinagkanulo ng sariling mga kapatid, itinapon sa balon at ibinenta sa mga mangangalakal na nauwi pa sa pagiging alipin sa Ehipto. Subalit ng pina-asenso siya ng Diyos at nakatagpo muli ang mga masasamang kapatid, sinabi sa mga kapatid sa kabila ng ginawas sa kanya, “Ako ba ang Diyos, upang hukuman kayo at parusahan? Ginawa ng Diyos na maging mabuti ang bagay na ginawa ninyong masama sa akin. Itinaas ako ng Diyos sa posisyon ngayon upang iligtas ang maraming tao.” Hindi paghihiganti ang pagibig ng Diyos kundi pagtutuwid sa mga nagkamali. Alam natin na hindi pa tapos ang Diyos sa atin. Hindi pa siya suko sa atin. Sinabi ng Diyos, “Alam ko ang plano ko para sa inyo, Mga plano para sa kabutihan ninyo at hindi sa ikasasama, para bigyan kayo ng kinabukasan at pag-asa.”-Jer.29:11 Alam din natin na may layunin sa mga kasasakitan. Puede natin hilingin sa Diyos na ihayag ang layunin kung bakit pinapayagan niya ang mga pagsubok natin sa buhay. Ito ay isang lehitimong tanong na isangguni sa Diyos. Malimit ang sagot ng Diyos ay dumarating sa kung paano tayo tutugon sa situasyon. Alam natin na mahal tayo! Kahit pa ang pinaka hindi kaibig ibig na tao sa mundo ay talagang mahal na DIyos. Kaya nga ipinagkaloob ang Bugtong na Anak na mamatay sa krus upang ipanumbalik ang relasyon natin sa kanya na naputol dahilan sa ating mga kasalanan. Talagang mahal ka ng Diyos! Nakikita niya ang iyong paghihirap at sinasamahan ka sa iyong pag-iyak. Ipinadala si Jesus upang paga-anin ang mga nabigong puso at ipahayag sa mga bihag na sila ay pawawalan at ang mga bilanggo ay palalayain. Sa lahat ng nakaluksa sa bayan ng Diyos, bibigyan niya kagandahan kapalit sa abo, kagalakan kaysa sa pagluluksa, pagpupuri sa halip ng kawalan ng pag-asa. Sapagkat itinanim silang malakas at mabiyayang encina para sa kanyang sariling kaluwalhatian. Alam na natin na ang mga dalangin ay niririnig. Ikaw na magulang, kapag humihingi ang iyong anak ng tinapay, binibigyan mo ban g bato? O kaya naman humingi sila ng isda, binibigyan mo basila ng ahas? Tiyak na hindi! Kung ikaw na makasalanang tao ay marunong magbigay ng mabuting kaloob sa iyong mga anak, gaano pa kaya ang Diyos Ama sa langit na magbigay sa mga humihingi sa kanya? Alam natin na hindi tayo humaharap sa buhay na nag-iisa. Sapagkat sinabi ng Diyos, “ Hindi kita pababayaan. Hindi ka iiwanan.” Kaya nga masasabi natin na may katiyakan, Ang Diyos ang aking kanlungan, hindi ako matatakot. Ano ang magagawa ng mga tao lamang sa akin? Alam natin sapagkat maraming tao ang nakalampas sa pagsubok, kaya ikaw rin. Subukan mong makipag-usap sa mga dumaan sa gayun ding pagsubok gaya mo. Makatatagpo ka ng pag-asa, kalakasan at lakas ng loob. Ang isang tao na nakatindig mag-isa ay puedeng salakayin at magapi, ngunit ang dalawa ay puedeng magkakapit bisig at makalupig. Mas magaling pa nga kung tatlo, sapagkat ang tatlong lubid na itinirintas ay hindi agad mapipigtal. Alam natin sapagkat, puede natin abutin ang taong nangangailangan o nalalagay sa alanganin. Puede kong itutok sa sino man at puhunanin ang aking buhay sa kanya. Puede kong ma diskubre na ang aking kapayapaan sa isip ay matatagpuan duon sa pagdudulot ng pag-asa sa iba. Lahat ng kapurihan sa Diyos at Ama ng ating Panginoon Jesu Cristo. Siya ang pinagmumulan ng lahat ng awa at nagbibigay ng kaaliwan sa atin. Siya ang umaaliw sa atin sa lahat ng problema para naman maaliw din naman natin ang ibang namomoblema. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kung nais ng panalangin at counseling, mangyari na tawagan si Pastor Paul sa (02) 28337444 tuwing Martes hanggang Biyernes, office hours. Nagbibigay din ng libreng Kaibigan Magazine o libreng Bible study course by mail. I-text lamang ang request sa 0922300808
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