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Business and Economy / China's trade surplus with the rest of the world
« on: November 11, 2010, 05:20:14 PM »
China's trade surplus with the rest of the world, and with the United States in particular, has raised political hackles in slower-growing regions of the world, where many policy makers argue that the renminbi is artificially weak, giving Chinese exporters an advantage. Since June, China has allowed its currency to rise around 2 percent against the U.S. dollar.

Product Reviews / Restore hazy and dull headlight lenses
« on: November 11, 2010, 05:10:58 PM »

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Technology / Technology Books Library
« on: November 11, 2010, 05:00:47 PM »

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President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared Tuesday, November 16, 2010 as a national holiday in celebration of Eid'l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.

President Aquino signed Proclamation No. 60 dated November 09, 2010 declaring November 16 as a national holiday in celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid'l Adha, one of the two greatest feast of Islam.

In issuing the Proclamation, President Aquino said that RA 9849 provides that Eid'l Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday.

The President also took into cognizance the fact that the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has confirmed that the feast of Eid'l Adha falls on November 16, 2010.

The Eid'l Adha or "Greater Eid" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to God, but instead was able to sacrifice a ram (by God's command). - PIA

Who's Who in the Philippines / World Loses Filipino Bamboo Bike Maker
« on: November 11, 2010, 02:34:25 PM »
Prospective buyers in Holland were in awe of this Filipino's craftsmanship, with orders for his eco-friendly bamboo-framed bicycles reportedly running at U.S.$400 each in their vision of pedaling for cleaner air and reducing the world's carbon footprint.

But on Sunday, 7 November, the country lost a genius and Mother Earth lost a friend as entrepreneur Ronald Hector "Hecky" Villanueva succumbed to aneurysm of the brain at the age of 43.

As author of the Kawayan Tech Bamboo Bikes 2009 business plan, Hecky was able to compete in the Business in Development (BiD) Challenge International Marketplace in the Netherlands only last June together with three other Filipino winners.

With his bamboo bike frames, Hecky will best be remembered for his Philippine kawayan innovation of using the bicycle's inherent characteristics highly efficient, functional and affordable, easy to maintain, and environment-friendly.

Craig D. Calfee, an American consultant of Hecky and his partners, had initiated the building of bamboo bicycle frames at the Calfee Design studios in California since 2005.

In 2008, Calfee pioneered his Bamboosero initiative in Ghana in Western Africa, with Ghanian bamboo bike frame builders getting an average of $195 each for their bicycle craft and the finished product selling in the United States reportedly by as much as $950 each.

In his business plan, Hecky had stressed that there was a strong demand for bamboo bikes from various sectors of society that promote biking and strive in reducing their carbon footprint.

He had planned that his social enterprise project in the Philippines would develop bamboo into an ecologically friendly alternative transport option worldwide.

Kawayan Tech has been collaborating with biking enthusiasts, bamboo aficionados, and those wanting to reduce carbon emission in the world.

Hecky also had plans to network his innovation with environment friendly resorts and establishments, local governments and national agencies, bike rental firms, and communities with poor infrastructure and transportation.

His body cremated, Hecky's remains lie in state at the Sanctuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City until Thursday (11 Nov).

His fellow entrepreneurs at the 2009 BiD Challenge Phils. and friends at the Philippine Business and Social Progress (PBSP) have expressed their condolences to Hecky's family over his sudden demise.

The Dutch group BiD Network also contributed to a Facebook page in memory of Hecky and his share in the preservation of the ecology.

In the Friends of Ronald "Hecky" Villanueva Memorial Page on Facebook, members of the BiD Network team said they had "received the very sad news" of Hecky's loss.

"We met Ronald in the Netherlands as the entrepreneur of the bamboo bikes business," the BiD Network team said. "'We grow your bikes' is a slogan we won't forget."

The team added: "Ronald was making use creatively of what nature offers and was persistent to establish a profitable business with positive gains for his underprivileged fellow beings in the Philippines ? a true social entrepreneur."

The BiD Network said it wished "Ronald's colleagues and business partners a lot of success in continuing this admirable business venture. To all relatives and friends of Ronald: please accept our condolences and we wish you every strength in coming to terms with your loss." (PBSP/Mitchel Confessor)

Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy / Visa Hidden in Panty
« on: November 11, 2010, 01:54:14 PM »
By Francis B. Bilowan

MANILA, Nov. 9 (PNA) -- Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) stumbled upon a new modus operandi of human traffickers with the recent arrest of three prospective overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who concealed their travel documents in their underwear in an attempt to hide their true destinations.

Bureau of Immigration Officer-In-Charge Ronaldo Ledesma said the three female “tourist workers” were intercepted at the NAIA last Oct. 25 as they were about to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Singapore.

It turned out that the women, who pretended to be tourists, were actually bound for Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. The government bans the deployment of female workers to Lebanon.

“It appears that the illegal recruiters and human trafficking syndicates are using all tricks so their victims can avoid detection by immigration officers,” Ledesma said.

He said the new modus operandi is a sign of desperation on the part of the syndicates whose operations are reportedly severely crippled by the BI’s intensified drive against human trafficking.

Philippine Provinces / Taxi Driver sa Davao Gitulis
« on: November 11, 2010, 01:47:44 PM »
USA ka taxi drayber ang gitulis sa iyang tulo ka mga pasahero sa ala 1:40 sa kaadlawon kagahapon didto sa Gem Village, Barangay Ma-a, siyudad sa Davao.

Ang biktima mao si Romelito Demicillo, 31, minyo, drayber sa STC Taxi ug nagpuyo sa Purok 2, Barangay Langub, ning siyudad.

Base sa imbestigasyon ni PO2 Jonnel Bonguyan sa Talomo Police Station, ang biktima gisakyan sa tulo ka mga lalaki gikan sa dalang F. Torres ug nagpahatud dito sa Datu Luho, Barangay Ma-a.

Si Demicillo nagbutyag sa kapulisan nga ang usa ka pasahero milingkod sa front seat samtang ang duha milingkod sa back seat sa iyang gimaneho nga taxi nga dunay body number 87.

Matud ni Demicillo nga ang tawo nga milingkod sa front seat dunay dalang granada samtang ang duha dunay dalang wa matino nga kalibre sa armas.

Dihang miabot na sila sa Gem Village, suma sa biktima, gitionan siya og armas sa duha ka mga tawo dungan sa pagdeklara nga tulis.

Si Demicillo nagsulti nga gikuha sa iyang katapad ang iyang kita sa pagpamasada nga nagkantidad og P3,100. - Sun Star

Philippine History / Re: Mikey's 2010 Birthday & Halloween Party
« on: November 11, 2010, 01:36:15 PM »
Too many photos. It's difficult to open the web page. I think photos should be posted in separate threads, otherwise page loading will always be a problem.

Inspiration & Hope / What Happens in Heaven When We Pray?
« on: November 11, 2010, 11:29:02 AM »
This is one  of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so  true:
I dreamed  that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing  me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large  workroom filled with angels. My angel guide  stopped in front of the first section and said,  ' This is the Receiving Section. Here, all  petitions to God said in prayer are  received. 
I  looked around in this area, and it was terribly  busy with so many angels sorting out petitions  written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps  from people all over the  world.   
Then we  moved on down a long corridor until we reached  the second section.   
The  angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging  and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and  blessings the people asked for are processed and  delivered to the living persons who asked for  them." I noticed again how busy it was there.  There were many angels working hard at that  station, since so many blessings had been  requested and were being packaged for delivery  to Earth.   
Finally  at the farthest end of the long corridor we  stopped at the door of a very small station. To  my great surprise, only one angel was seated  there, idly doing nothing. "This is the  Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend  quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed."   How is it that there is no work going on  here? ' I asked.   
"So  sad," the angel sighed.  "After people  receive the blessings that they asked for, very  few send back  acknowledgments"   
"How  does one acknowledge God's blessings? " I  asked..   
"Simple,"  the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you,  Lord. " 
"What  blessings should they acknowledge?"  I  asked.   
"If you  have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your  back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you  are richer than 75% of this world. If you have  money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare  change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of  the world's wealthy. "   
"And if  you get this on your own computer, you are part  of the 1% in the world who has that  opportunity."   
"If you  woke up this morning with more health than  illness .. You are more blessed than the many  who will not even survive this  day. "   
"If you  have never experienced the fear in battle, the  loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of  torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are  ahead of 700 million people in the  world." 
"If you  can attend a church without the fear of  harassment, arrest, torture or death you are  envied by, and more blessed than, three billion  people in the world."   
"If  your parents are still alive and still married  ...you are very rare." 
"If you  can hold your head up and smile, you are not the  norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and  despair......." 
Ok,  what now? How can I start?   
If you  can read this message, you just received a  double blessing in that someone was thinking of  you as very special and you are more blessed  than over two billion people in the world who  cannot read at all.     
Have a  good day,  count your blessings , and  if you care to, pass this along to remind  everyone else how blessed we all  are   
ATTN:    Acknowledge Dept . 
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability  to share this message and for giving me so many  wonderful people with whom to share  it. "     
If you  have read this far, and are thankful for all  that you have been blessed with, how can  you  not    send it on ??? ? I thank God for  everything, especially all my family and  friends.

Travel and Tours / Cheap Flight Ticket to Bicol
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:54:46 AM »
Your low fare leader and pioneer, Cebu Pacific (CEB) offers a seat sale to select domestic and international destinations from now until November 12, 2010 or until seats last, for travel from January 1 to March 31, 2011.

It's ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fares to Bicol for Manila-Virac flights for as low as P399, and P499 from Manila to Legazpi and Naga, and Cebu to Legazpi!

You can avail of P1,499 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila, Cebu and Clark to Singapore, as well as Manila to Brunei. Meanwhile, P1,999 ‘Go Lite’ seats are available for Manila-Kuala Lumpur flights.

Guests who have plans to travel to Singapore, Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and Bicol early next year can book in advance with this seat sale, which further lowers our trademark low fares as much as 50%!

Starting December 17, 2010, our Manila-Singapore service will be 32 times weekly. Meanwhile, starting December 16, 2010, flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur and Brunei will be increased to 10 times weekly and thrice weekly services, respectively.

Business and Economy / Price Fixing in Cargo Services
« on: November 10, 2010, 05:28:54 PM »
The European Commission on Tuesday fined 11 air cargo carriers, including Air France-KLM and British Airways, a total of 799 million euros (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) for price fixing in cargo services.

"It is deplorable that so many major airlines coordinated their pricing to the detriment of European businesses and European consumers," said Joaquin Almunia, commission vice president in charge of competition.

The 11 carriers fined by the commission were Air Canada, Air France-KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cargolux, Japan Airlines, LAN Chile, Martinair, SAS, Singapore Airlines and Qantas.

Germany's Lufthansa, which also participated in the price-fixing cartel, received full immunity from penalty because it was the first to provide information about the cartel.

The commission found that the carriers coordinated their action on surcharges for fuel and security without discounts over six years, from December 1999 to February 2006.

The cartel arrangements consisted of numerous contacts between airlines, at both bilateral and multilateral level, covering flights from, to and within Europe.

Air France-KLM was hit with the biggest sum of fine, which amounted to 183 million euros (255 million U.S. dollars), while British Airways came in second, facing a fine of 104 million euros (145 million U.S. dollars). = phil news agency

Question and Answer / Re: Unsay Imong Gikaon Karon?
« on: November 10, 2010, 05:03:23 PM »
mao nay gitawag ug "gipusil"

Boxing and Boxers / Margarito Zero Chance Against Pacquiao?
« on: November 10, 2010, 05:01:48 PM »
Freddie Roach says Antonio Margarito has “zero chance” against Manny Pacquiao and predicts his Filipino champion will take down the Tijuana Tornado via an 8th round knockout.

“The tornado will be downsized to a tropical storm,” said Roach to the Asian Journal. “There’s no way this is going to past eight rounds.”

Roach, Pacquiao and other members of Team Pacquiao boarded a 4pm chartered flight out of a private terminal nearby LAX to Texas on Monday. Pacquiao has his eyes set on capturing an eighth world title in as many divisions—this time a middleweight title—on Saturday at Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas but standing in his way is Margarito, who is seeking redemption after serving a one year suspension after boxing official found plaster in his hand wraps before his fight against Sugar Shane Mosley in 2009.

Shalani is now Willie's co-host in Willing Willie at TV 5 Channel. Knowing Willie Revillame's past adventures, we can only surmise. For now.

Australia's gas output is expected to eclipse Malaysia's by 2020.

The country is also poised to overtake Norway to become the third largest gas producer among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations by 2035, driven mainly by the booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector.

By this stage, Australia's gas output will only be surpassed by the United States and Canada, according to the International Energy Agency's Annual World Energy Outlook report released overnight in London.

Australia's gas output is also expected to eclipse that of Indonesia's by 2025. - pna

Will Shalani Soledad Become a Girlfriend of Willie Revillame? What do you think?

Philippine Daily News / Philippine Population in 2010: 94 Million
« on: November 10, 2010, 03:39:21 PM »
By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine population will continue to grow in the next 50 years even if each couple limits children to two, an official of the Commission on Population (Popcom) said Tuesday.

In the four months since President Benigno Aquino III occupied Malacañang, the country has about 500,000 more mouths to feed—the fastest rate of increase in Southeast Asia—bringing the population to 94 million.

Rosalinda Marcelino, Popcom director for Metro Manila, told members of the House committee on population that the population was “predominantly young,” with 35 percent below 15 years old, and 15 percent belonging to the 15-24 bracket.

“We are talking here of more than 50 percent of [Filipinos] who are young and, in due time, would become parents. And even if each couple would only have two children, our population will still continue to grow in the next 50 years,” she said in a PowerPoint presentation.

Asia | Middle East / 3 Pinoys Die in Dubai Fire
« on: November 10, 2010, 03:28:40 PM »
Three Filipino workers died in an early morning fire in Dubai, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

The Filipinos, whose names were withheld, were asleep when fire broke in their rented apartment, the DFA said, quoting a report of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

“When they woke up, the apartment’s receiving room and kitchen were all in flames and no exit can be used,” the DFA said.

Three other Filipinos were able to escape through the window, said Philippine Consul General Benito Valeriano.

He said two of the survivors suffered minor injuries while the third sustained second degree burns in the face, back, arms and toes and is now confined at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Al Rashid. - Agence France Presse

Help & Support / Re: POST IT
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:23:28 PM »
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