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Philippine Daily News / 6-Year Old Girl Gets AIDS from Pinay Mom
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:07:24 PM »
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

A six-year-old girl has been found to have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) through mother-to-child transmission of the deadly disease, according to the Department of Health.

This was only the 48th case of AIDS or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission through pregnancy that has been reported since the DOH began in 1984 to screen and monitor those infected with AIDS and HIV.

A total of 65 new HIV-positive and AIDS cases, or an average of two new cases per day, were confirmed in January this year, the highest ever recorded in a month since 1984.

The average number of new cases each month has steadily risen in the last four years, climbing from 18 in 2005, to 26 in 2006, 29 in 2007, and 44 in 2008.

Of the 65 HIV-positive cases in January 2009, three were reported as full-blown AIDS cases, including the six-year-old girl. All the rest of the new cases acquired the virus through sexual transmission.

Most of the new victims were men, according to the DOH's HIV and AIDS Registry. Half of the new victims are in their 20s.

The youngest new case is six years old and the oldest is 57 years old. There were no reported deaths in January, and 95 per cent of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting.

The DOH also noted the increasing cases of bisexual sex as a mode of sexual transmission.

According to the latest data of the registry, the 65 new HIV-positive cases confirmed in January 2009 represented a 63 percent increase compared to the 40 new cases reported the previous month.

“This is the highest number ever reported in a month, averaging two new cases per day,” the DOH said.

Most of the cases were from the National Capital Region. But 12 of the cases were overseas Filipino workers aged 29 to 57 who all acquired HIV through sexual contact.

Sexual transmission remained the top mode of transmission, but the DOH noted that bisexual sex—involving people who practice heterosexual and homosexual sex—was fast catching up with homosexual and heterosexual sex as the mode of transmission.

Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the DOH's National Epidemiology Center, had said that since 2007 they have noted that there were far more men than women getting HIV.

He attributed this to recent increase in cases of “men who are not gays but who have sex with men.”

Since 1984 there have been 3,654 HIV positive cases, of which 806 developed into AIDS. A total of 317 have died.

Job Opportunity / Jobs for Pinoys with PhD and Master's Degree
« on: March 21, 2009, 09:45:12 PM »
UCSI University

Founded more than 20 years ago, we were conferred the University status on the 6th October 2008 and thus giving birth to UCSI University. Catch the excitement as we forge ahead with aggressive expansion plans.

In tandem with our mission statement in providing excellent education programs with a pool of dedicated, qualified educators; we invite outstanding individual, who have what it takes to embrace our philosophy and generate the organization onwards and upwards.
Job Description


1. PhD candidates with teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Master's Degree  candidates with relevant experience and passion for teaching and research will be considered

2. Ability to work in a team with good interpersonal skills, analytical and leadership skills.

3. Candidates with research background in Pharmacy stand an advantage.

4. Able to obtain working permit

5. Only full time positions available.

School Of Pharmacy

- Pharmaceutical Technology

- Pharmacology

- Clinical Pharmacy

- Social Pharmacy

- Pharmaceutical Chemistry

- Biostatistics For Pharmacy

- Hospital Pharmacy Practice

- Pharmacoeconomics

- Pharmaceutics

- Medicinal Chemistry

- Physiology

- GI System & Therapy

- General Chemistry

Attractive remuneration schemes and fringe benefits await suitable candidates. Applicants should submit their résumé stating comprehensive details of experience and qualifications, current and expected salary, a recent passport-size photo (n.r.) and contact telephone number to the address below to :-

Senior Manager, Human Resource

UCSI University

No. 1, Jalan Menara Gading,

UCSI Heights,

56000 Kuala Lumpur


Tel: 603-91018880

Fax: 603-91023370

E-mail: [email protected]

All applicants will be treated with strict confidence.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

General Topic / If Men Could Get Pregnant
« on: March 19, 2009, 10:08:13 PM »

If men could get pregnant, the world won't be a better place to live...

LGU Philippines / Tagbilaran Mayor: Consistent Environmental Predator?
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:21:26 PM »
An editorial of the Bohol Chronicle

Since the Top Honcho of City Hall had once said: I don't believe in tourism - it is of little wonder he treats the environment like a piece of s*** (pun intended).

The environment as any high school kid will see is vital to tourism. A polluted sea destroys the charisma of an island resort like Bohol, particularly the seaport of entry where the drainage outfall is situated just few meters across. A stinking drainage at the main artery at that like CPG Avenue and the polluted seawaters at the Tagbilaran City Port is a tourist embarassment and a health hazard to residents. We blame the City Mayor for both.

The City 's Top Public Servant failed to do his part of the bargain after securing a CPG Avenue concreting and a drainage improvement. He did what he is consistently good at: promising. He promised to build a waste water treatment facility -in return- whose very shadow we have yet to see.

Because of that and by not cutting the illegal connections to the city drainage last year (which he promised to do), CPG North had its worst nightmare of flooding for two years. Then he illegally opened the San Jose waste water outfall that threatened Tagbilaran Bay , its marine life and nearby resorts into extinction.

Now with the fiestas and the TBTK (4 year Boholanos world-wide homecoming) nearing, the carefree mayor's solution to yet another God-awful foul stench at CPG and near the City Public Market in Dao district is to illegally open the old outfall in the corners of CPG Aveneu and Visarra, Del Pilar and Inting streets -threatening tourism and health once again.

Indeed the mayor of this city is an Environmental Predator, no less.

The Governor Rico Aumentado had egged him through a strongly -worded letter to get his act together and save the city-by building that long-overdue waste water treatment facility. The onion-skinned City Public Servant reacts like a paranoid, insecure brat and hits back Capitol with non-sequitors like the alleged delay in the Salcon and Panglao Airport issues. Mr Diversionary Tactic at his best (or worst) again.

The City Mayor even had the gall to boast that his water treatment project will be finished earlier than the Governor's GMA-endorsed Panglao International Airport.

Aside from that, the Governor must now be particularly pissed off because even as Chief Executive of the province had in the past bent backwards to accommodate the whimsical change of behaviour of the City Mayor on the drainage issue. The arrogant mayor , at times, even behaved as if he had a higher ranking than the provincial governor even how he repeatedly claims maintaining respect to the governor.

Today, the Father of the Province is just reminding an errant son who seems unable to do his task in running a medium-sized city. It is akin to a Chairman of a conglomerate putting to task an executive of an affiliate (the City Mayor , in this case) who is sleeping on his job (figuratively and literally as well -we were told). Now Mr. NPL (Non-Performing Liability) is hot under his huge collar? Why?

The provincial top executive is just admonishing the City Mayor of his obligation under Section 17 of the Local Government Code to abate foul odor, pollution and other environmental malady in his area of responsibility.

Governor Aumentado is understandably annoyed because while he tries to develop the province into an agro-tourism entity, his very entry point - the City of Tagbilaran - is not living up to its name as a veritable gateway to paradise.

Then Mr Mayor predictably throws the blame on everyone in sight -except himself. He claims (now he does) that Capitol and allies should follow up with NEDA for the approval of the drainage. He had five years to do that when his relative Romulo Neri was on top as NEDA Chair -but he dilly-dallied and watched boxing bouts instead. Now that Neri is gone to act as GSIS Commissioner, Mr City Public Servant wails he is helpless.

The Promising Mayor also said (earlier) he had it wrapped up with DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) for a P 400-Million loan for the project. The Capitol finds out the City Hall had not yet fulfilled the banking documentary requirements. If that is not sleeping on the job, we do not know what is.Oversleeping, the doctors told us, is not good for the health.

Finally the Top Honcho runs under the skirt of his Environmental Engineer-Consultant. who, among others, wants (as a monumental advice) to close the city of Tagbilaran while the pollution plague devours its innards. With friends like them, who needs enemies for the city?

No excuses, please, just build that waste water treatment facility - can you, Mr. Mayor. Will you ever?


Whenever issues against the City Mayor are brought to the media fore, the mayor who is deathly afraid of not being reelected in 2010 - cries : this is a demolition job. So this next issue will not be an exception.

In a move interpreted to hold a sword of Damocles over 70% of the city's business firms, the City Hall has not issued renewal permits to them. This leaves them patently open to shakedown and harassments whenever these 70% firms run afoul with the mayor and his favored business cronies or allies.

This is a shameful malady that is uniquely strange for a city -once a Dream City turning into a huge Nightmare- courtesy of a warped governance methodology of a twisted City Mayor. A class suit is burgeoning which should land on the laps of the DILG, the Ombudsman or Malacanang itself. This is a clear violation of the Local Government Code.

Even the Capitol has not been spared. It is now feeling the unorthodox taxation methods of City Hall, particularly City Ordinance RC-001which in effect denies Business Permit to Operate for lessees in the Capitol unless the latter pays the lessor's fee, deemed an ultra vires act, according to the governor himself.

The Governor asked Vice Governor Julius Herrera to have this "illegal act" deleted since a city local ordinance is always subordinate to a national statute or law. He hinted that failure to do so could result in the operators at Capitol to leave their premises with budget impact on the coffers of the provincial government.

Internet cafes too, reportedly, have also not been issued renewal licenses, in the flimsy excuse that they lure students out of their classrooms. This is an oppressive class act of governance because bars, cafes, moviehouses, malls (likewise) do lure kids out of the campus as well. -if they want to.It is no different from the billiard halls in certain cities(like Dumaguete City) that once upon a time attracted even law students then (out of their classrooms) when it was in top vogue.

Do we therefore ban motorcycles from the streets because we may die riding on them?

Do we ban cigarettes because they are a hazard to one's health?We are just told they are dangerous to our lives and limbs-period.

The situation at hand. therefore, is unfair to internet cafes -especially because internet itself is a beneficial global information highway that is the object of many students' researches today. City Hall has turned anti-deluvian in its policies, it seems.

As for not giving renewals to 70% of the city's business firms- this is an apparent blackmail on firms to toe the City Mayor's line -or else. If not that, then tax harassment. A Nightmare of a city, indeed.

The City business men are angry -and will soon act.

So, the Media does not actually need to do a Demolition Job on the City Mayor- because he is already doing a good job at it himself.

Shooting himself in the foot is now his new hobby-congratulations!

Valencia - Bohol / Dead Dolphin in Valencia
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:16:53 PM »
By Ric Obedencio
Bohol Chronicle

A dolphin was washed ashore and found dead by a fisherman who was about to go fishing in the early morning of last Wednesday, police report said.

Ben Gamayot, a representative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Vice-Mayor Jorge Buslon here confirmed this in an interview Thursday of last week.         

Police report bared that a certain Jerry Tambago, the fisherman, was preparing for fishing at about 5 in the morning in barangay Canmanico when he found the unusual huge mammal looked drifted and lifeless. He then reported to the authorities what he saw.

Though the specie was not immediately identified, the police said that the estimated 120-kilo black dolphin with white at its belly was measured at 2.8 meters in length and 1.8 in diameter.

It was not however known what was the cause of its death, that prompted the authorities concerned to entomb the mammal near the municipal agricultural officer's (MAO) office.

Talk of the Town / Bohol Robbery
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:15:20 PM »
By Bohol Chronicle

A combined police and task force operatives in the city aborted an attempt of the hold-up gang of four to bring with their loot on Friday night.

Police identified the rob suspects as Vincent Arcales, age unknown; Mechor Peligro, 22; Ken Sabihon, 19 and a teenager (name withheld) after the operatives blocked their way to escape during the chase.

They were onboard L300 van with license plate number GKV 917.

The report said suspects just victimized three persons shortly before they were cornered by the police.

A certain Nesa Panganduyon, 22, reported to the police that she was robbed at about 12:45 Saturday dawn. This prompted the police to respond and chased the said van up to barangay Ubujan, this city.

Panganduyon was robbed of her belongings including a cell phone and unaccounted cash.

Meanwhile, the authorities concerned intensified the campaign against illegal possession of drugs and substances that proliferated in some towns, assured Intelligence Officer 3 Felimon Ruiz.

Separate report bared that a couple are facing charges before the court of law (R. A. 9165) for possession of illegal drugs after operatives raided them in the island of Nasingin, Getafe town. The spouses were identified as Danilo and Diosdada Torrejos of said island.

The province of Cebu was pointed to be the source, if not the transshipment sites of drugs.

Talk of the Town / Bohol Media Group Condemns City Hall Harassment
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:11:17 PM »
Published by the Bohol Chronicle

Bohol media has strongly condemned the recent harassments and threats to its members and the "senseless, shameless assault to press freedom."

In an approved en masse board resolution, the Bohol Tri-Media Association (BTMA) outpoured its dismay over the on-going affronts towards its members---and the very freedom of the press which is enshrined in the Constitution---after a series of recent harassments.

The group cited these recent assaults to press freedom victimizing, first, radio blocktimer Roberto "Batchoy" Alba, then radio reporter Roger Balamad and, most recently, radio blocktimer Nestor Daarol.

The BTMA loudly denounced the harassments and threats, saying they have only shown a bankruptcy in understanding the indispensable role and supreme responsibility of the media.

It said it is the profession of the media to act as a watchdog of good governance and public interest and to report on often controversial issues affecting the community it serves.

Bullying and threatening individual mediamen as retaliation for unfavorable reporting do not only put at risk the target journalists and their families, according to the BTMA.

Print journalist Ven Arigo was physically harmed and threatened over a year ago before the series of recent attacks and harassments involving victims Alba, Balamad and Daarol.

The biggest press organization in this part of the country said attacking and threatening the media people is also clearly detrimental to the need of the greater public for vital informations to be published or aired.

The BMTA assailed the harassment to the members of the media in the performance of their work as an evident suppression of the people's right to know.

The officers of the association vowed to stand in rock solidarity with their colleagues who, for their courageous work, have become victims of aggression.

Those who signed to conform to the board resolution are president Lito Responte, vice president for radio Peter Dejaresco, treasurer Jerry Pabe, secretary Ven Arigo, auditor Batchoy Alba, and board directors Kit Bagaipo, Tibbs Bullecer, Jr., Atoy Cosap, Nestor Daarol, Bob Galero, Arnold Lucas, BJ Torralba and Chito Visarra.

As the Fourth Estate, the media or press has to act as guardian of public interest to sustain the uncompromising crusade for truth in a modern democracy, the group said.

The BTMA said any attempt to silence the press is death to the people's democratic right to express.


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

LGU Philippines / Aide of the First Gentleman?
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:59:10 PM »

      The Office of the First Gentleman warns concerned local government units in Bohol at the brink of falling prey to a con artist offering to facilitate immediate release of funding assistance in exchange of a monetary consideration.

      First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo issued the warning after receiving reports that a certain Jericho Gamulo had tried to convince some mayors that he could facilitate speedy release of their respective special allotment release orders (SARO) in exchange of a certain amount of money.

      In transacting with the mayors, Gamulo allegedly claimed to be a close aide of the First Gentlemen.

      The First Gentleman, however, denied having known Jericho Gamulo and said he “never authorized anyone to represent him in any government or non-government transactions”.

      The First Gentleman’s chief of staff, Jurius Umali-Soliman, sent a communication to Governor Erico Aumentado and Mayors Telesforo Balagosa of Lila, Roberto Salinas of Catigbian, Simplicio Maestrado Jr. of Sierra-Bullones, Fanuel Cadelinia of Bilar, Gregoria Pepito of Batuan and Dan Lim of Tagbilaran City, informing them of Gamulo’s racket of misrepresenting the Office of the First Gentleman.

      Soliman had also furnished National Bureau of Investigations Director Nestor Mantaring and Assistant Director Pedro Bulaong a copy of the communication. - Sunday Post

Inspiration & Hope / Prayer For An Ice Cream
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:05:01 AM »
A forwarded story via email

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all!  Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray.  Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my son asked.   

"Cross my heart," the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.   

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."   

Business and Economy / AIG Bonus
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:59:35 PM »
The Obama administration and US senators have reacted angrily to the bonus payouts to executives announced on Sunday by US insurance giant AIG.

President Barack Obama's economic adviser Larry Summers said the recent goings on at AIG were "outrageous".

But he conceded that legal obligations meant the company had no choice but to pay the $165m (£116m) in bonuses.

AIG has received bailouts from the US government totalling $180bn (£127bn) since coming close to collapse in 2008.

"There are a lot of terrible things that have happened in the last 18 months, but what's happened at AIG is the most outrageous", said Mr Summers. - BBC

Sports and Fitness / Chinese Athletes Fake Their Age
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:58:01 PM »
Bone tests on teenage Chinese athletes have shown that thousands had faked their age, often in order to keep competing in junior events.

A study in the southern province of Guangdong found one in five had lied, with some discovered to be seven years older than their registered age.

At last year's Olympics, some of China's winning gymnasts were alleged to be below the minimum age of 16.

After an inquiry, the sport's governing body cleared them of any wrongdoing.

At the weekend it emerged that a badminton player who had won a provincial title as a 14-year-old admitted to being 17 at the time. - BBC

Family & Parenting / Adultery Case in Dubai
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:54:53 PM »
A British mother jailed for adultery in Dubai has lost a second appeal and will stay in prison.

Marnie Pearce, 40, hoped to be freed but will have to serve the rest of a three month term. It had been reduced from six months at her first appeal.

She will be deported on her release and fears she will lose custody of her two young children.

Ms Pearce says her ex-husband accused her of adultery to gain custody of their two children, a claim he denies.

Difficult case

In a posting on her campaign website, her supporters said: "It is with great sadness that Team Marnie have to announce that the verdict will remain the same and Marnie will have to serve her time and, for now, be deported.

"We will continue to apply pressure to have the deportation order lifted, and thank everyone for their continued support."

Ms Pearce, who is originally from Bracknell, Berkshire, denies the adultery claims made by her ex-husband, Egyptian national Ihab El-Labban.

They had two children together, Ziad, four, and Laith, seven. - BBC

Science and Research / Brain Starts to Lose Power at 27?
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:49:55 PM »
Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age, US research suggests.

Professor Timothy Salthouse of Virginia University found reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualisation all decline in our late 20s.

Therapies designed to stall or reverse the ageing process may need to start much earlier, he said.

His seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60 is published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

To test mental agility, the study participants had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols. - BBC

Top 10 reasons why I prefer attending funerals over weddings
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Don't interpret this as me preferring death and endings over life and new beginnings. I'd rather hear news of a happy couple opening the door of their life together than see the lid close on a life already lived. But the ceremonies that I've attended have been . . . well, stressful. Surprisingly, coffin lids seem better oiled than chapel doors.

And now for the top 10:

10. It's easier to take off from work for a funeral than a wedding.

9. Cemeteries are nicer meeting places than the insides of churches or reception halls, even in winter. Funeral homes usually have couches too.

8. Nobody obliges you to dance, act wild or overindulge in food and alcohol.

7. There is no expectation of gifts, only a card and consolation.

6. Funerals are (generally) quieter, without blaring music. People are also more willing to listen so communication is possible.

5. They're shorter, so I can use the day for other things too.

4. There is no pressure to help make it "the best day" in someone's life.

3. It's easier to be invited to a funeral than a wedding, since nobody wants to leave you out. You'll be more likely to meet people you already know or make new acquaintances.

2. Nobody expects you to pretend that you're having a good time if the event becomes boring.

1. Nobody ever asks "so when do you think it will be your turn?"

Philippine Business News / Owner of Via Bohol Tourist Inn Murdered
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:52:08 AM »
Published By Sunday Post

The rise and fall of  this hotel magnate is a textbook story of  legends  that makes good copy for interesting news stories.

Rising from poverty to own a hotel and other money-making enterprises, it was indeed a rags-to-riches saga for this poor boy from Antequera who then made good in this city.

The intrepid life story of Taray dated back to his school days as a working student at the University of Bohol. He then completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, a course he used as his ticket to a promising career in business  entrepreneurship.

It was not until he earned his pile when his marriage was headed to splitville after a supposed third party came into the picture. 

This was the sordid spectacle of the life and times of Victorino Taray who was killed Thursday morning after attending mass at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Ubujan district this city.

Considering his prominence in the city’s hotel circuit, his murder immediately became the subject of radio talk shows.

The big question: who has the motive to kill Taray.

At first, the account of the killing purely centered on allegations that he has no  known enemies in business. Business rivalry was then ruled out with dispatch.

As the circumstances of the murder started to trickle in, lawyer Nereo Zamora II bared a sketchy report  of a marital break-up between the couple. He stopped short of telling  DYTR News that he was the lawyer of at least three cases-one criminal and two civil with Taray as the respondent.


Speaking through her lawyer Esther Gertrude Biliran, the wife Aurelia Taray dispelled rumors circulating around  that she might be behind the killing of her husband.

Saying that she was still in a state of emotional shock, Mrs. Taray said she came out with the statement as prepared by her lawyer “to clear her name”.

Estranged since last year, their relationship turned sour, after it was reported that her husband had maintained another woman.

Mrs. Taray also said that even if they were no longer living under one roof, she denied having a role in his husband’s murder. She said she does not use violence to seek justice adding she allowed the wheels of justice to turn through the cases she has filed in court.

The hotelier was supposed to appear during Thursday hearing where he was the respondent of a criminal filed by his wife for marital infidelity. Taray was supposed to be arraigned that day before the sala of Presiding Judge Achilles Melicor.

Two civil cases also filed by his wife against the victim was for violation of Section (1) of Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as Violence Against Women and their Children Act. The two civil cases are pending before  Judge Melicor after the family court Judge Venancio Amila inhibited from handling the two civil cases.


As a result of the case of marital infidelity, it was gathered that police were looking into the possibility of a third party being involved in the slaying of the hotel owner.  Taray was reported living  at the Via Bohol Tourist Inn along Graham Avenue when he was still alive while his wife was residing at their conjugal  abode in Basak, Taloto.

As to Taray having kept an alleged paramour, it was learned that the lady is  working in the Taray-owned tourist inn.

A reliable source revealed that the other woman earned her keeps while working in the United States. Right now, she is said to have managed a school for the deaf and the blind.

The same report said that the other woman has a husband who is hooked into drugs and this was the reason that their marriage was also on the rocks.


As the wife was nursing the pain of losing her husband, reports reaching the Post indicated that only the other day, she filed an urgent motion for immediate closure of Via Bohol Tourist Inn and Immediate Stoppage of Business with Judicial Separation of Properties and Businesses with Application for Receivership and Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction.

In her urgent petition, Taray’s estranged wife mentioned of the couple’s properties that included the tourist inn, a boarding house along Torero St., the Relvic Enterprises Native Products in Taloto district and the Relvic Nino Oishimanju Food House at the Island City Mall.

During happier days, the Tarays  built around  their fortune selling Antequera-made native products and sold them in wholesale basis to buyers. They then constructed the four-storey pension house along Graham Avenue. The Tarays have two children.


Another sad episode of their broken marriage was when the wife pleaded to relatives to see the remains of his estranged husband while at the hospital morgue.

According to Mrs. Taray, she went to the Ramiro morgue to request the parents and siblings of her husband that she be allowed to view the remains of her dead partner.

When Mrs.Taray and her lawyer made the request to the husband’s relatives they were told that it would be better if they would not show up at the morgue and even during the vigil.

Given the negative response of the Taray family, the wife and her counsel have no other recourse but to heed to their request not to show themselves there.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Dan Neri Lim called on the local National Bureau of Investigation to look into the Taray murder and ferret out the perpetrator as early as possible.

At the same time, the city mayor Also ordered the dismantling of a makeshift hut located just across the murder scene. He said the hut was used by the suspect in waiting for his target before morning murder took place.

By June Blanco
Sunday Post

Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado has asked the Bohol Provincial Board to review the tax ordinance of Tagbilaran City and find out if indeed it had submitted the revenue code (RC) to the Board for approval.

  The governor sought the review in the light of the certification of Board Secretary Bonifacio Quirog Jr. that “per records on file in our Legislative Tracking System, there is no Provincial Resolution approving City Ordinance No. RC-001 (An Ordinance Enacting the Revenue Code of the City of Tagbilaran).”

  In a letter to Vice Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera and the members of the Board, Aumentado said the city government has used the revenue code to demand illegally for the provincial government to pay a lessor’s permit as a precondition for the issuance of a mayor’s permit to the occupants – including the Land Bank of the Philippines – of the office spaces in the Provincial Capitol Complex, in violation of the Local Government Code (LGC).

  He said the ultra vires or illegal provision is found in Section 4A.01 (Subsection 16) –for “Operators of hotels, motels, pension inns, drive-ins, dormitories, dwellings and other space for lease or for rent – P360.00.”

  Aumentado said the provision is ultra vires because it runs counter to and in derogation of Section 133 of the LGC which sets common limitations on the taxing powers of local government units (LGUs).

  It says unless otherwise provided, the exercise of the taxing powers of provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays shall not extend to the levy of, among others, taxes, fees or charges of any kind, on the national government, its agencies and instrumentalities, and LGUs.

  The governor pointed out that It is an accepted principle in this jurisdiction that an ordinance is always subordinate to a national law or statute. Thus, the Supreme Court in Primicias vs. the Municipality of Urdaneta, Pangasinan, held that “Whenever there is a conflict between an ordinance and a statute, the ordinance must give way to the statute” (93 SCRA 462).

  He said unless the illegal provision shall be struck down by the Board, “the city government shall have the sword of Damocles hanging over the head of LBP and other occupants of the Capitol Complex office spaces.”

  The city can harass them no end by simply withholding issuance of the mayor’s permit to operate business without the provincial government paying the lessor’s permit required under the revenue code, he observed.

  As a consequence, Aumentado said, if the SP will not decisively act against the said provision, the possibility looms that the present occupants at the Capitol Complex will transfer their business operation to other places which will adversely affect the income of the provincial government and its basic services to our people.

Question and Answer / Will You Be Willing to Be a Sperm Donor?
« on: March 14, 2009, 12:40:58 PM »
Will You Be Willing to Be a Sperm Donor? What is your stand on this issue?

Science and Research / This Day in History: March 13, 1781
« on: March 13, 2009, 10:19:15 PM »
March 13, 1781: The planet Uranus discovered.

On this day English astronomer William Herschel first observed Uranus. He described how he found “a curious either nebulous star or perhaps a comet,” distinguished from the stars by its clearly visible disk. Its lack of any trace of a tail and its slow motion led to the suggestion that the observations were consistent with those of a planet moving in a nearly circular orbit.

Health and Food / Understanding Eating Disorder
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:36:00 PM »
You can’t seem to make up your mind, you eat and eat and then you hide a purge or you starve yourself for weeks until you are at the lowest weight that you have ever been in your life. Anorexia and bulimia used to be considered the health problems of some confused young girls with troubled lives real or perceived.

Lately doctors have found that more and more women are being diagnosed with an eating disorder of some kind. Other misconceptions about eating disorders are that people think that they are psychological problems that can be treated with medication easily and then the person is cured for life. Neither is true. In fact, this disorder is not easily treated and the person is left to deal with it affects throughout their lives. Doctor’s believe that hormonal variations occurring near the menopause of a woman may be the reason the eating disorder developed such late in life.

These women see themselves as being overweight despite the fact that they are extremely thin. These women developing strange eating rituals or eat and regurgitating over and over again. Body dissatisfaction is the main focus of these women. For unknown reasons they can’t seem to become comfortable in their own skin. They often believe that their behaviors are secret and no one notices or cares enough to pay attention.

The idea that middle-aged women are having this problem is troubling to physicians as they work hard to try and prevent the disorder in young women. However, doctors can’t be sure if the middle aged women that are receiving treatment are new to the disorder. The thought is that they had these problems when they were very young and as they got older realized that they should seek treatment.

Complicating things is that these women are finding it difficult to locate proper treatment because for so long the focus was put on the younger woman. The women that are suffering from anorexia and/or bulimia many times suffer from perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Substance abuse issues also many times play a role in many cases of both younger and older women. The most memorable and recent case occurred with a South American woman, a 24 year old teacher weighting only 77 pounds at 5 foot 2 inch tall when she passed away.

You or someone close to you might be suffering from this condition. It is a very harmful thing to suffer from, and if you suspect that someone is having trouble with an eating disorder then you should immediately take action to intervene. Do it in a graceful way so that the victim knows that you are looking out for her best interests. But don’t let it go on for any longer than it has to. Therapists are the most common way to deal with eating disorders, but there are also entire camps and seminars devoted to getting the victims back to regular eating habits.

The treatments include therapy, medication, and counseling and more counseling. Some others treatments tried are yoga. Studies have tried to link the two yoga and anorexia but studies were inconclusive and did not produce any significant changes in behavior or eating habits. Dissonance –based therapy which works as therapy and counseling aimed at the person’s competing ideas. There are group meetings and other more intensive therapies for those with severely dangerous cases of anorexia and/or bulimia.

Many women have been able to make positive life changes to battle their self inflicted disorder and go on to live healthier lives. It has been reported that these women will have to battle the urges and cravings to purge or starve themselves for the rest of their lives. Since no cures exist for this disorder it is the hope of therapist and people suffering anorexia and/or bulimia, that some kind of definitive preventive measures can be developed or found.

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