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Business and Economy / Re: How to Be a Millionaire by Age 25
« on: October 30, 2010, 04:56:42 PM »
We Filipinos are taught in schools to get education so that we can find jobs here and abroad. In other countries, their students are taught how to start their own business and be independent.

Business and Economy / ABS-CBN Gets 10 Billion Pesos Loan
« on: October 30, 2010, 04:45:40 PM »
Network giant ABS-CBN Corp. has signed a loan agreement with eight local financial institutions worth P10 billion to take advantage of low interest rates.

In a statement, the company said it signed a P10-billion syndicated term loan agreement to refinance existing debt as well as fund planned capital expenditures and general working capital requirements.

Bank of the Philippine Islands, Banco de Oro, Security Bank, Insular Life, Allied Bank, Allied Savings Bank, Philippine National Bank and PNB Life funded the loan.

“The oversubscribed order book for our debt refinancing and new debt is a clear manifestation of how our partnership has grown over the years,” ABS-CBN chief financial officer Rolando Valdueza said.

Of the P10 billion, P6.6 billion will refinance existing debt while the remaining P3.4 billion will help fuel the company’s continuing growth. - PDI

World Daily News / FedEx and UPS Packages Contain Explosive Materials
« on: October 30, 2010, 04:30:22 PM »
The packages “originated in Yemen,” the President said, one sent with UPS and the other with FedEx, and were directed to “Jewish places of worship” in Chicago. (Obama’s town, incidentally.) One of the clues, according to the Washington Post, was “a suspicious printer cartridge,” and “the package in Britain contained protruding wires and white powder.” John Brennan, the President’s counterterrorism adviser, said that the explosives “were in a form that was designed to try to carry out some type of attack…. The materials that were found and the device that was uncovered was intended to do harm.” In the course of the day, another plane, carrying passengers and headed to J.F.K., was escorted in by fighter jets. That one seems to have been all right. Airport security is being increased for now, and UPS has suspended cargo flights from Yemen.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2010/10/they-do-indeed-contain-explosive-material.html#ixzz13pRyBDFD

Inspiration & Hope / A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one
« on: October 30, 2010, 03:15:43 PM »
forwarded email

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.... His Father gave him a bag of nails
and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the
back of the fence.

The first day  the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence... Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily  gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy
didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his  father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail
for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days  passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father  took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will  never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there.
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

LGU Philippines / Failure of elections in some places in Bohol
« on: October 30, 2010, 03:12:15 PM »
Failure of voters to exercise their suffrage due to the delayed delivery of ballots could not be used to invoke failure of elections in some places in Bohol.
City Comission on Elections (Comelec) chief Atty Ariel Selma bared this on a radio interview as voters who failed to vote last October 25 said there were simply no ballots available.
Several polling places here in Bohol failed to open as scheduled as some election paraphernalia from the Comelec in Manila only came at 4:00 dawn on the day of the elections.
When these opened later, voting was suspended when ballots were used up and the remaining officials ballots were delivered late.
In Tagbilaran City, only about 39, 244 ballots arrived on the first batch when 47,858 ballots are needed for city registered voters. On the second batch, only 7,800 arrived, interviews with Provincial Election supervisor Eliseo Labaria and City Comelec Registrar Ariel Selma revealed.
In fact, the 7,800 ballots were delivered only late in the afternoon of the election day, where most of the voters have either gone home to eat of have been too frustrated while waiting for their turn.

Citing pertinent Comelec Resolutions, Atty Selma hinted that unless it had been on account of force majeure, violence, terrorism, fraud or other analogous causes that the election in any precinct has not been held on the date fixed, it would have been a failure.
According to Comelec Resolution 8899, other than the one stated above, failure of elections can also happen when the voting has been suspended before the hour fixed by law for the closing of the voting.
For Atty. Selma, by invoking the voter’s presence within 30 meters of the polling place at the close of the voting, these voters can still vote.

All those who were within the vicinity and who were there intending to vote were accommodated even after the extension time, he claimed.
Moreover, in the same resolution, the poll body also ruled out that in case the suspension happened after the voting and during the preparation and the transmission of the election returns and in the custody of canvass, such election results in a failure to elect.

In Tagbilaran City where most of the problems were noted, neither of the conditions warrant any case where failure of elections could be declared.

Admitting that the delay has produced uncomfortable results with voters having to wait, the Comelec has done what it can do: extend voting so that the started polls can continue at the arrival of more ballots. (rac/PIABohol)


A ranking Commission on Elections (COMELEC) official has volunteered to be a witness, should the poll body call for an investigation on alleged sabotage to disrupt the elections, at least in Tagbilaran City.
City Comelec registrar, Atty Ariel Selma said he would be a willing witness if only to prove that he has nothing to do with the allegations that would implicate the long questioned capability of the poll body to conduct the polls five months holding after national elections.
Last Monday, as early as 6:00 AM, reports have reached radio stations about the unusually delayed delivery of the remaining election paraphernalia, which were made available only at about 4:00 AM on the day of the elections.
Poll authorities in the precincts also share the same observation: the delayed delivery caused late start of the poll opening, or until the materials were withdrawn from their respective city or municipal election offices.
In Jagna town, reports said that at least a precinct opened when most precincts opening at 7:00 would be closing.
In Tagbilaran City, while most precincts opened by around 9:00, at lunchtime, several polling places have reportedly run-out of ballots.
According to Provincial Comelec Supervisor Atty Eliseo Labaria, the city needs 47,858 ballots but only about 39,244 of these arrived [from Manila].
Of these, 33,900 were included in the delivery’s first batch, he added that the city accordingly awaits for the 7,800 remaining ballots on the second batch of deliveries, which was expected at around 11 AM.

Because of this, many supporters of candidates accused the City Hall of sabotaging the elections by withholding ballots, one which the city government has vehemently denied.

In early morning radio interview, Atty. Selma said the office of the City Treasurer through has appraised him that the office is awaiting for the 7,800 ballots to be delivered to city precincts.
It turned out however that the Provincial Comelec through Atty Eliseo Labaria has found out that ballots at the CTO were awaiting for delivery by lunchtime.
Atty Labaria immediately ordered the speedy delivery of the same while his team roved around the precincts around 3:00 to collect extra ballots to be used in other ballot starved precincts.
In the meantime, polling have to be temporarily suspended in precincts without ballots, while Board of Election Tellers (BET) of concerned precincts allegedly announced polls to continue as soon as the remaining ballots are delivered.

The delay has ignited chaos in several precincts as tempers rose and impatient voters who were made to wait, went home.
Over the controversy, voters who were not able to vote demanded from the Comelec a probe to determine culpability.
Atty Eliseo Labaria has also hinted that an investigation would be called to answer questions as to who would be held responsible. (racPIABohol) 

Bohol Latest News / Holiday in Bohol: November 1 and Nov 4
« on: October 30, 2010, 02:58:58 PM »
Two holidays await Boholanos this week as All Saints’ Day and Carlos P. Garcia Day share the same the first work-week of the month of November this year.

By law, November 1, which falls on Monday has been declared special non working day.

The day is traditionally celebrated in the Christian world as All Saints' Day.

November 2 or the All Souls' Day, unlike last year however, is a regular working day.

Meanwhile, by virtue of Republic Act 7448, November 4, Thursday is a special non-working holiday in Bohol.

Such is to commemorate the 114th birth anniversary of the late Boholano President Carlos P. Garcia.

By special non-working holiday, according to memorandum circular issued by the Department of Labor and Employment, workers get no pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days.

If workers are forced to work on the day, they get 30% more of their 100% daily rate in the first 8 hours of work.

When working in excess of 8 hours, workers get an additional 30% of hourly rate on said day.

On the day, if it is the employee’s rest day and if worked, his first 8 hours gets an additional 50% of his daily rate. If he works over 8 hours, he gets 30% of his hourly rate on said day.

For the 114th CPG Day, Capitol has lined up activities to remember the most illustrious Boholano who is represented as a star in the Bohol flag.
On the other hand, according to Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto, the day’s commemoration activities include the visit of Department of Education Secretary Amin Luistro.  
In his weekly program, Chatto said that the secretary’s visit would be an opportunity to bring Bohol closer to its dream of making the province a center of educational excellence in the region. (racPIABohol)

Loon - Bohol / Controlling Dog Population in Loon Bohol
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:08:30 PM »
A barangay in Loon’s dog population control is as easy as keeping the males off the streets.
In barangay Cogon Norte, a home-owner who insists on keeping an un-sterilized male (bull) dog pays P1,000 annually, and that excludes immunization and registration fees, officials said, citing a provincial ordinance.
In a barangay of 371 households, its 121 dogs in 2007 has only gone up to 123 dogs in August 2010 survey. 
Citing a municipal ordinance aiming to leash an wayward dog population, Cogon Norte, which hosts the town hall and is in proximity with the public market decided that leashing their dog population helps in the drive against the spread of rabies.
The decision to look into a controlled dog population has awarded the local government unit a citation and cash for “The Governor’s Award for Best Bantay Rabies sa Barangay (BRB), one of the three barangays awarded this year, according to Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz, executive officer of the provincial anti-rabies council.
Using a local municipal ordinance no 7-006, series of 2007, the barangay has toed on the rule of keeping castrated male dogs at the owner’s expense.

For reproduction purposes, an uncastrated male dog is retained, but the local anti-rabies task force shall supervise and regulate its reproductive functions, said the ordinance.
Here too, mating of the uncastrated male dog can be done, but only once in every two years.
In fact, the local ordinance says owners of females who want their dogs impregnated will have to pay P200 or P300, either to the barangay which owns the uncastrated male or to a private bull owner who has paid P1,000 for his dog’s annual dues.

The barangay also practices leashing of their registered dogs, in tune with the provincial ordinance.

According to the cited ordinance, an unleashed dog seen in a public place is already treated as stray, and owners would be fined P500 every time their dogs escape to public areas.

Solving the problem of stray dogs impregnating their females, barangay captain Alexander Luzon has appointed four tanods as dogcatchers who will be roving around the barangay’s seven puroks.

It is in the early part of 2010 that the barangay started dog catching, using pre-exposed, trained and competent personnel led by the Barangay Livestock Aide, Cogon Norte documents show.
Stray dogs are impounded, and at the absence of claimants three days later, these impounded canines would be eliminated and then buried in a designated barangay burial sites, the program documents showed.
For all of these, the barangay  is one of Bohol’s entries into the search for best performing provinces against rabies in the country. (racPIABOhol) 

Introduce Yourself / Re: TB's backdoor video production department ...
« on: October 30, 2010, 11:51:16 AM »
Salamat Bedo for preserving all the memories of our friends!

Asia | Middle East / Tsunami Hits Indonesia
« on: October 28, 2010, 08:39:08 AM »
The death toll of tsunami in West Sumatra of Indonesia has reached 112 people, while 109 others are still missing, data shows on Wednesday.

The tsunami hit two islands of Pagai Selatan Mentawai and Pagai Utara Mentawai in West Sumatra after the 7.2 magnitude quake.

Based on the data of crisis center in Padang, as many as 112 people were killed, 109 are missing and 520 others took refuge.

Meanwhile, 579 houses are heavily damaged and 300 got mild damage. (PNA/Xinhua)

LGU Philippines / The Philippines and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
« on: October 28, 2010, 01:20:49 AM »
The Philippines and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam signed four agreements which aim to further strengthen and enhance bilateral relations between the two countries specifically in the fields of Education, Defense, Environmental Concern and Search and Rescue at Sea.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and President Nguyen Minh Triet of Vietnam witnessed the signing of said four memoranda on Tuesday in Hanoi during the expanded bilateral meeting of the two heads of state.

The meeting took place shortly after President Aquino arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport Tuesday morning for a two-day state visit and to attend the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits.

The agreements signed include Academic Cooperation, Defense Cooperation, Oil Spill Preparedness and Response and Search and Rescue Operations at Sea.

Higher Education Commissioner Patricia Licuanan signed the MOA on Academic Cooperation in behalf of the Philippines. The agreement aims to promote cooperation on higher education and professional training, provide a framework within which detailed proposals for programs of education cooperation are to be jointly considered.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin signed the agreement on Defense Cooperation that intends to create a framework for boosting bilateral cooperation between the defense agencies and armed forces of both countries. Such cooperation specifically covers defense and military, equipment and technology, and defense industries.

Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo signed for the Philippine Government the MOA on Oil Spill Preparedness and Response. It will undertake Philippines-Vietnam cooperation in oil spill preparedness and response, particularly in the areas of human resources development, mutual assistance, information exchange, research and development, and other areas of cooperation.

Apart from these, Admiral Tamayo also signed the MOA on Search and Rescue at Sea that further aims to enhance the efficiency of search and rescue operations for ships and aircrafts and persons in distress.

“These agreements will improve the lives of the poor”, President Aquino said.

After the signing ceremonies, the Chief Executive met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The President congratulated the Vietnamese leader for Hanoi’s 1000th Founding Anniversary.

In turn, the Vietnamese Prime Minister congratulated the President for his success in the May 2010 polls.

In the evening, President Aquino attended a State Banquet hosted by the Vietnamese President in his honor at the Presidential Palace.

Philippine Ambassador to Hanoi Jerril Santos said the state visit and the President’s attendance to the ASEAN Summit is a good start citing the importance of the Chief Executive’s meeting with the leaders of ASEAN and Dialogue partners that will benefit the people.

The President’s state visit was upon the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart during their meeting last month in New York at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Anonymous Diary Blog / Humok ug Ilong
« on: October 28, 2010, 01:02:57 AM »
Asa ni nagsugod nga panultihon?

Philippine Daily News / November 2 Not a Philippine Holiday
« on: October 27, 2010, 06:32:43 AM »
A Palace official on Tuesday said November 2 (All Soul’s Day) has not been declared a holiday.

Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa said only November 1 (All Saint’s Day) was declared a holiday to allow Filipinos to visit their dead loved ones.

In previous years, November 2 was declared a holiday, as part of the former administration’s “holiday economics”.

This year, November 2, which falls on a Tuesday, remains a regular working day.

”He [President Benigno Aquino] did not sign any proclamation,” Ochoa said. (PNA)

Bohol Latest News / Bohol and Jiangxi, China
« on: October 27, 2010, 06:26:36 AM »
Bohol, China’s Jiangxi province celebrate twinning relations
By Gloria Jane Baylon

Bohol province and its south Chinese sister-city of Jiangxi celebrated recently their twinning relations, featuring their respective icons, Jiangxi’s Lushan Mountain and Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

Jiangxi is south of the Yangtze River, and Lushan Mountain is located in the municipality of Jiujiang. Carmen town is the home of the Chocolate Hills.

In ceremonies on October 12, a first-edition commemorative stamp cover depicting ancient Lushan Mountain and the world-famous Chocolate Hills was unveiled as part of a Stamp Exhibit to also celebrate the 35th year of Philippine-China diplomatic relations.

About 2,000 copies of the first edition letter envelope were produced and were first introduced last August in Manila in ceremonies attended by Foreign Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and China ambassador Liu Jianchao and Postmaster-General Hector Villanueva.

As a project between sister-cities, the letter-envelope is considered a historic first in Chinese philatelic history, according to the Philippine consulate-general in Xiamen, which has jurisdiction over Jiangxi.

A mail exchange program between 35 Bohol and Jiangxi grade school students was also launched as part of the event series aimed at highlighting the friendship between the sister provinces.

Copies of the Chinese translation of the book, "A Selection of Folktales from the Philippines for the Young Chinese Reader," were presented to 35 Chinese students participating in the mail exchange program with Bohol students, the consulate-general reported.

The book was launched at the Shanghai World Expo in June, when then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited China.

In Jiangxi, Bohol provincial governor Edgardo M. Chatto and Carmen town mayor Conchita T. de los Reyes led the Bohol delegation to the event, joined by Philippine diplomats based in Xiamen and Beijing.

The Chairman of the Jiangxi Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Fu Kecheng, led the Chinese delegation, accompanied by Foreign Ministry officials. Local officials from Jiangxi and Jiujiang also joined.

The book contains 10 illustrated Philippine folktales especially published as a gift from the Filipino children to the Chinese children.

The Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) of Jiangxi will distribute copies to schools in Nanchang, the provincial capital of Jiangxi.

Helping in the event were the Lushan Scenic Spots Administration, Philately Association of Jiangxi Province, Jiujiang Post Office, PhilPost and Liwayway (China) Company, Ltd.

The Consulate General co-organized the event with the Jiangxi Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, the Philately Association of the Chinese MFA, China Post of Jiangxi Province and the Jiujiang Municipal People's Government. (PNA)

Product Reviews / Fast and Easy Loan Application and Approval
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:21:30 AM »

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Product Reviews / Find the Perfect Way to Say Happy Birthday
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:17:32 AM »

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Boxing and Boxers / Manny Pacquiao is a Basketball Coach
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:03:29 AM »
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao gave his training mentors the slip Sunday, spending his first day in the United States on a trip from Los Angeles to San Diego to coach his basketball team in an exhibition game.

San Diego resident Pat Michael told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Pacquiao did not play in the game that pitted his basketball team against a high school selection at the Mira Mesa High School gymnasium.

He also said that assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and the other members of Pacquiao’s team from Los Angeles “played for laughs,” even though they won both games they played.

Michael said that Pacquiao, who was supposed to rest before the start of his grueling two-week final grind Monday, was merely keeping a commitment and his presence in San Diego “made a lot of people happy.”

Present during the game was Pacquiao’s congressional chief of staff lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal and members of his entourage. They travelled to San Diego in three vans. - PDI

World Daily News / Mother Kills 3-Year-Old Daughter
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:58:56 PM »

A three-year-old girl was repeatedly stabbed by her mother who then doused her body in acid, a court has heard.

Alia Jama's mother Iman Omar Yousef, 25, from Birmingham, has been declared unfit to stand trial.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court has instead been asked to decide if she unlawfully killed her daughter, but to disregard any question of intent.

The child's body was found at a house in Milverton Road, Erdington, in February.
'Shocking sight'

James Burbidge QC told the jury that on the day Alia's body was found two officers from West Midlands Police went to the address after concerns were raised by Yousef's mother.

"What they found was truly a shocking sight," he said.

Alia was found on the floor, with her body in a state of decomposition. - BBC

Basketball | NBA-PBA / Smart Gilas vs Kuwait
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:54:32 PM »
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

It’s Kuwait, not Saudi Arabia, that the Smart Gilas national five will have to hurdle first to keep its basketball campaign going in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China next month.

Saudi Arabia withdrew recently from the Asiad, prompting Fiba Asia to tap Kuwait as replacement, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala bared on Monday.

The Nationals will meet Kuwait on November 13 with the winner joining defending champion Iran, Qatar, Japan, Chinese Taipei, along with the survivor of the Afghanistan-India knockout clash, in Group F in the second round.

The development favors Smart Gilas since it will get a chance to test Kuwait in two tune-up games in Manila on November 4 and 5.

Meanwhile, the country’s bid to host the 2011 Fiba Asia Championship got a new lease on life after Fiba Asia officials recently withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon, the hosting rights for the continent’s Olympic qualifier.

Eala said the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) is now looking for a new host after Lebanese officials failed to impress the sport’s governing body during the Fiba Asia Stankovic Cup, also held in Beirut in August.

The winner of the 2011 Fiba Asia tournament will represent the continent in the 2012 London Olympics, the main target of the Smart Gilas national team now preparing for the Asian Games next month in Guangzhou.

Aside from the Asian championship, the SBP also wants to stage the 2011 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, a tournament featuring the best club teams in the continent.

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