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Showbiz & Celebrity / Brangelina's Twins photos
« on: August 07, 2008, 05:25:06 PM »
Brad and Angelina's family.

Youtube Replay / Lola eating crab.
« on: May 29, 2008, 05:45:19 AM »

Anda - Bohol / Andahanon website
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:37:22 AM »
Apil na mga Andahanons sa atong website.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Twins for Angelina and Brad
« on: May 15, 2008, 02:48:30 AM »
Angelina Jolie has confirmed via Access Hollywood interviewed today in Cannes that she is expecting twins. 

Jolie-Pitt photos war bidding for upcoming Jolie-Pitt twins starts now.  Remember their biological child, Shiloh first photo racked up several millions for the Jolie-Pitt clan.  My prediction: 10 Millions, 5 millions for each child.  Hopefully they will donate this to their favorate charities just like they did for Shiloh's first photos. 

Congratulations to Jolie-Pitt family.

Cebu Pacific offers airline seats for 'free' in newest promo
05/14/2008 | 03:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines- Budget airline Cebu Pacific will be offering more than 500,000 domestic and international seats for "free" in its biggest seat sale ever, the company announced Wednesday.

In a statement, the airline unit of JG Summit Holdings Inc. said it allocated more than 100,000 seats for its international routes that include: Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore and Xiamen.

More than 400,000 seats have been allocated for all of its domestic routes.

Passengers will only pay the taxes and fuel and insurance surcharges, which are

“This is our biggest seat sale to date and is another milestone set by Cebu Pacific in Philippine aviation history. We believe this offering will further stimulate domestic and international travel amid rising fuel costs," said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice-president for marketing and product.

The promotional seat sale will run from May 15 to 18, 2008 or until the allocated seats are sold out. The seat sale is valid for travel from June 9 to December 31 this year. - GMANews.TV

Anonymous Diary Blog / Happy Mother's Day
« on: May 12, 2008, 01:54:08 AM »
The best thing in life is when your daughter/son gives you a handmade card on Mother's Day with a handwritten message saying: "you are the best Mom ever".

This card is from my daughter, Kailey.  She served me breakfast this morning in bed.

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Happy Mother's Day.

Anda - Bohol / Photo: Chicken Manok
« on: May 06, 2008, 10:45:59 PM »
Why did the chicken manok crossed the street?

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Anda - Bohol / Mahogany Drive Videoke Bar
« on: May 05, 2008, 04:54:02 PM »
Looking for fun things to do in Anda?

Here's one: Try visiting the Mahogany Drive Videoke Bar located in Sawang, Anda, Bohol.
You can sing your heart out with their videoke sing-a-long machine and drink cold beer or Pepsi.

Friendly hostess.
Fresh air.
Cold drinks.

Mahogany Drive Videoke Bar
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Tel No. 0910-810-5387

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World Daily News / Philippines bans kidneys for foreigners
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:34:27 AM »
Philippines bans kidneys for foreigners

Ban is intended to protect poor Filipinos from exploitation

China and Pakistan have taken steps to outlaw the sale of human organs

Local TV networks have shown men in slums bearing kidney surgery scars
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Foreigners will be permanently banned from receiving kidneys for transplant in the Philippines to prevent the country from becoming a major Asian center in a thriving black market, health officials announced Tuesday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque expounds on the new law against kidney transplants for foreigners.

 Extensive kidney trading involving impoverished Filipinos and prisoners -- who sell their organs for paltry sums to syndicates catering mostly to foreign clients -- has been reported by the local media in recent years. A temporary ban on kidney transplants involving foreigners was recently imposed.

China and Pakistan, among the world's biggest sources of kidneys, have taken steps to outlaw the sale of human organs, and desperate foreigners may be prompted to increasingly turn to the Philippines for kidneys, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.

"The poor always end up as the ones being abused," he said, adding kidney transplants for foreigners have risen in recent years. "The sale of one's body parts is condemnable and ethically improper. We have to stop it."

The sale of organs is illegal in the Philippines. The ban -- intended to protect poor Filipinos from exploitation -- will prohibit foreigners from getting donated kidneys unless they can prove a donor is related to them by blood, Duque said.

He said the ban was endorsed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and will take effect in about three weeks. Kidney donations among Filipinos will continue but will be strictly monitored by a new regulatory body, he said.

Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral said at least 500 kidney transplants involving foreign patients were conducted last year in the Philippines.

The kidney trade, often in the guise of donations, has long thrived in the country in secrecy, fostered by syndicates that lure the poor to sell their kidneys to foreigners, mostly from Japan, Europe and the Middle East, officials say.

Local TV networks have shown footage of Manila slums where virtually all men bore kidney surgery scars after selling their kidneys for about $4,760 each.

Cabral has said a permanent ban on kidney transplants for foreigners can help authorities more easily eradicate the thriving black market.

She said 109 poor villagers in three townships southeast of Manila sold their kidneys to Israelis and other Middle Eastern visitors last year.

Many Philippine donors have developed ailments such as urinary tract infections and high blood pressure linked to the transplants because of a lack of post-operation care, Cabral said.


World Daily News / Rice Smuggling Threatens Indonesia, Philippines
« on: April 28, 2008, 02:44:38 AM »
John Berthelsen     
27 April 2008 

With the Philippines buying rice and Indonesian smugglers willing to sell, price disparities are threatening budgets and destabilizing politics

The Philippines’ massive purchases of rice at sharply increased prices from its neighbors are creating a fast-buck opportunity for traders in Indonesia, where prices are controlled, to smuggle the commodity out through Singapore for eventual sale in the Philippines.

Rice in government-controlled storage in Indonesia sells for US$436.80 per tonne at a time when the Philippine government and rice traders are offering up to US$1,000 per tonne in Vietnam and Thailand.  The skyrocketing rice price and the attendant smuggling opportunities are generating political concerns in both countries, with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week ordering government officials to prevent rice smuggling to other countries.

A top political source in Jakarta last week said the government is increasingly worried that rising rice prices and potential shortages could cause political unrest. “This is rice, and that means trouble if it goes wrong,” said the source. Yudhoyono has also sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to take measures to ease speculation in commodity markets. 

Meanwhile, in Manila, Senator Loren Legarda earlier warned of the possibility of social unrest and political instability for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s already shaky government, which has endured a continuing series of coup attempts and impeachment moves fuelled by corruption scandals.  Both countries are facing rising deficits on the amount of funds they must pour into adjusting subsidies to control rice prices.  The Philippine National Food Authority said it could post a loss of as much as US$1 billion for 2008, compared to a US$762.1 million deficit last year.

After steady gains against the US dollar that made it the world’s second-best performing currency, the peso fell by 3.1 percent in March before stabilizing; the Indonesian rupiah fell 1.1 percent in the same period as both governments began bracing for budget deficits. Arroyo said earlier this month that the Philippines likely wouldn’t meet its goal of balancing its fiscal budget in the current year.

Still, it is debatable how real the global rice shortage actually is. Much of it is due to a complex set of factors, including hoarding, speculation and decisions by some rice-exporting nations, notably Vietnam and India, both of which have announced different forms of export restrictions to protect domestic consumers. Exporters appear to be holding onto stocks at a time when importers like the Philippines are desperate to bolster their stocks.  Hoarding – including by growers and traders in the Philippines itself – has added to the problems.

Some of the broader food price dilemma has been laid at the door of the United States and the European Union for promoting corn-based ethanol production, which caused the US, for instance, to divert massive amounts of land previously planted in soyabeans into subsidized corn for ethanol.  Some 30 percent of the US’s corn crop is expected to be diverted to ethanol in 2009.  France’s agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, told the Financial Times last week that “it is the Americans’ biofuel targets that are destabilizing the world” as other crops rise in price to fill the need.  The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization disputes that reasoning, saying biofuels are responsible for about 10 percent of the rise in food prices.

But it is the Philippines, where the so-called miracle rice that raised yields across the region was developed at the International Rice Research Institute in the 1960s, that has earned everybody’s notice.  Two books, both asking why the Philippines can’t grow more rice, have become popular reading.  It is common practice to blame the Philippine government for the domestic rice shortage, and there are reasons to do so.  The country’s infrastructure, after decades of neglect, is woefully inadequate for transport.  As much as 25 percent of rice is lost to insects, rats and other problems.

But according to an IRRI spokesman, the Philippines doesn’t do that bad a job growing rice.  Productivity is quite high, the spokesman said, with Filipino farmers producing 3.4 tonnes of rice per hectare as against Thai farmers, who produce only 2.4 tonnes per hectare.  And the quality is high.

“Although it is not widely known, Filipino farmers receive a much higher price for their palay (unhusked rice at harvest) than do farmers in neighboring countries,” according to the book, “Why does the Philippines Import Rice?” published by IRRI.  By and large, they live in better houses, and are more likely to have electricity, running water and hygienic toilets than other farmers. They hire the majority of labor that works their farms, spending about 18 days a year per person at the fundamental task of growing rice.

The Philippines’ problem boils down to land and people, the IRRI spokesman says.  They have too little of the former and too many of the latter.  The Philippines is an archipelagic nation of 7,105 islands, few of them with estuarine areas ideal for growing rice. As in much of Asia, the possibility of increasing planting areas is nearly exhausted. Yield increases have begun to slow as well. Added to that, the Philippines population is perhaps the fastest growing in the region and one of the fastest growing in the world. 

The country’s population has now topped 90 million, with three babies being born every minute, according to one estimate.  The population has doubled since the late 1970s and is expected to double again over the next 30 years unless family planning gets seriously underway.  Until the country can do something about that, which appears highly unlikely given the primacy of the Catholic Church, its rice shortages will continue no matter how fast its farmers increase productivity.


Cereal Mothers: Babies' Sex Linked to Moms' Breakfast Calories

British researchers say a new study shows that would-be moms who skip breakfast are more likely to have girls than boys
By David Biello
BABY BOY: A study of 740 first time mothers in Britain shows that whether moms eat breakfast cereal or not might determine whether their bundle of joy is a boy or a girl.
Want a son? Pack on the calories. Biologist Fiona Mathews of the University of Exeter in England and her colleagues surveyed 740 first-time mothers on their pre-pregnancy eating habits and found that 56 percent of those on high-calorie diets had sons, compared with 45 percent of those on leaner menus.

But it wasn't only calories that contributed; specific foods also appear to play a role, say researchers. "Prior to pregnancy, breakfast cereal, but no other item, was strongly associated with infant sex," the researchers write in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "Women producing male infants consumed more breakfast cereal than those with female infants."

The reason is a mystery, but Mathews speculates that glucose may be key. This type of sugar, converted by the human body into energy, is a by-product of the breakdown of carbohydrates such as those in breakfast cereal. Women who do not eat breakfast tend to have low levels of glucose, and other studies have shown that glucose enhances the growth of male fetuses in vitro.

Matthews notes that low glucose levels may indicate to the body that food is scarce, signaling that it would be more prudent to produce a female fetus, which has been found to need less energy to grow. Scientists have also found that cows, deer and horses produce more male offspring when they have bountiful diets.

The researchers took into consideration variables such as the education, size, weight and age of the would-be moms. But there are other variables, such as temperature, hormone levels, and even frequency of sex, that may contribute. "It remains to be seen whether women with greater nutritional intakes, and higher frequency of breakfast cereal consumption, prior to conception are also those with more active sex lives," the researchers write.

But the finding may explain a persistent and puzzling drop in the ratio of male to female births in well-fed industrialized nations, a fact that Mathews ascribes to the decline in the proportion of women eating breakfast. She notes that the number of adolescent girls eating breakfast in the U.S. dropped from 85 to 65 percent between 1965 and 1991.

Such an intriguing finding will need to be replicated in other populations, such as those in developing nations who are chronically underfed, before any definitive conclusions are reached, according to biologist Virpi Lummaa of the University of Sheffield in England, who was not involved in this research but studies human evolution. Researchers in the future might also survey women about their diets (while their eating patterns are fresh on their minds) rather than postnatally in their quest to prove whether we are, indeed, what our mothers ate.


Judge orders Philippines company to pay $100M for fraud
By RYAN J. FOLEY – 2 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Philippines company to pay back $100 million it swindled from the U.S. military's health insurance program.

Health Visions Corp., which pleaded guilty to mail fraud, was ordered to liquidate all assets within 10 months and give the proceeds to the U.S. government.

Federal prosecutors say the company bilked the military's Tricare program out of $99.9 million between 1998 and 2004. The program insures 9.2 million current and retired servicemen and dependents worldwide.

The company routinely inflated claims by more than 230 percent, operated a phony insurance program and billed for medical services never delivered, court records showed, and the Pentagon moved slowly to uncover the scheme.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz described Health Visions as the biggest violator yet in a long-running investigation into Tricare fraud in the Philippines.

"This is basically a death sentence for the company. It will no longer exist and that will protect the Tricare program since it was the biggest violator," he said after the hearing. "We got what we needed out of this prosecution."

The United States closed its military bases in the Philippines in 1992 and withdrew its active-duty forces, but thousands of retirees remained.

Formed in 1997, Health Visions owned and operated hospitals and clinics in the Philippines and billed Tricare on behalf of other health care providers.

On top of the $99.9 million in restitution, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ordered the company to forfeit an additional $910,000 and pay a $500,000 fine.

Health Visions will be required to sell off land, office buildings and hospitals in the Philippines and an airplane and houses in the U.S. under Crabb's order. The company has run into problems selling hospitals because of ownership disputes, and Jarosz said it was uncertain whether the U.S. government would ever recover the full amount.

The company's lawyer, Christopher Kelly, declined to comment. He told Crabb he had nothing to add beyond a plea agreement, which was unsealed on Thursday.

Health Visions and its former president, Thomas Lutz, were hit with a 75-count indictment in 2005.

Lutz, a U.S. citizen who turned 41 on Thursday, has pleaded guilty to his role in a kickback scheme and could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced. A date for that hearing will be scheduled shortly now that the company has been sentenced, Jarosz said.

The case has been an embarrassment to the Pentagon, where different branches have blamed one another for allowing the company's fraud to slip through the cracks.

The fraud was so extensive that claims from the Philippines increased by 2,000 percent between 1998 and 2003 even as the number of Tricare beneficiaries remained the same. Payments to the country went up from less than $3 million to more than $60 million during that time.

The Office of Inspector General has criticized Tricare's managers for waiting years to cut off payments to Health Visions after suspecting the company of fraud.

William Winkenwerder, former assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said Thursday that the inspector general's office was partly to blame because it refused his requests to send additional investigators to the country. He said he worked hard to stop the problems after they came to his attention in 2003.

Asked how the company was able to defraud the program of $100 million, Winkenwerder said: "There were some very deceptive practices that were occurring. The fact that this was a faraway location did add to the challenge of uncovering problems. And they didn't get away with it ultimately, which is the good news."

The investigation has been handled by prosecutors in Wisconsin because WPS Health Insurance, a Madison company, is the subcontractor that handles most overseas claims. About three dozen others have been indicted, mostly U.S. military veterans and Philippine doctors.


Anda - Bohol / Photos: Street construction
« on: April 02, 2008, 12:06:25 PM »
Improvement in Anda.

Photos are ©Margie Mills

In 2007, ongoing construction in Anda, to improve water flow to the locals. Nahoman na gyud. Andahanons, maayo naba ang agas sa tubig?

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Question and Answer / Kanus-a ka gituli?
« on: April 01, 2008, 12:19:00 AM »
Tubag ...

Anda - Bohol / Photos: Tienda Tindahan
« on: March 26, 2008, 02:28:06 AM »
Promoting Anda's businesses.

Tindahan ni Manang (no relation to me) dapit ila Simsay.

All photos are ©Margie Mills

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Business Statement
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Savvy! She knows the meaning of "business" in Anda. This sign hanged by a rope in front of her store.

World Daily News / Ex-President Aquino has Colon Cancer
« on: March 25, 2008, 12:54:38 AM »
I am sadden by the news of our Ex-President (1986 to 1992) Corazon "Cory" Aquino is suffering from Colon Cancer according to Kris Aquino, Cory's daughter.

I wishes her a speed recovery! 

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Anda - Bohol / Photos: Mercado sa Anda
« on: March 05, 2008, 01:24:04 AM »
Mercado sa Anda, Bohol, Philippines.
Market Day:  Every Tuesday of the week only.

Photos are ©Margie Mills

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World Daily News / Philippines 2 Ex-President rally against Arroyo
« on: March 02, 2008, 12:33:36 AM »
Aquino and Estrada joints thousand of Filipinos rally against President Arroyo to step down.

Link to article from

Health and Food / Photo: For men only ...
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:33:21 AM »
Men, drink it straight up from the bottle.

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Vino Viagro can be purchase inside the Island City Mall, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines.

Anda - Bohol / Photo: Kinale Beach in Anda
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:14:12 AM »
The beauty of nature right in our home town of Anda.

Low Tide
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Kinale Beach in Anda. Dapit sa Kambilagan ni.

Let's keep it clean!

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