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Sports and Fitness / Giant Flying Squid Attack Divers!
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:52:01 AM »
Jumbo squid ‘invasion’ spooks divers

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Associated Press
First Posted 08:05:00 07/18/2009

SAN DIEGO — Jumbo flying squid—aggressive 1.5-meter-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles—have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 45 kg, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them roughed up unsuspecting divers. Some divers report tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.

Stories of too-close encounters with the alien-like cephalopods have chased many veteran divers out of the water and created a whirlwind of excitement among the rest, who are torn between their personal safety and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the deep-sea giants.

The so-called Humboldt squid are native to the deep waters off Mexico, where they have been known to attack humans and are nicknamed “red devils” for their rust-red coloring and mean streak. Those who dive with them there chum the water with bait and sometimes get in a metal cage or wear chain mail to avoid being lashed by tentacles.

Squid hunt

The squid hunt in schools of up to 1,200, can swim up to 24 kph and can skim over the water to escape predators.

On a recent night, Magill watched in awe as a dozen squid with doleful, expressive eyes circled her group, tapping and patting the divers and gently bumping them before dashing away.

One especially large squid suspended itself motionless in the water about a meter away and peered at her closely, its eyes rolling, before it vanished into the black. A shimmering incandescence rippled along its body, almost as if it were communicating through its skin.

Calamari attack

But the next night, things were different: A large squid surprised Magill by hitting her from behind and grabbing at her with its arms, pulling her sideways in the water. The powerful creature ripped her buoyancy hose away from her chest and knocked away her light.

When Magill recovered, she didn’t know which direction was up and at first couldn’t find the hose to help her stay afloat as she surfaced. The squid was gone.

Other divers have reported squid pulling at their masks and gear and roughing them up.

Testing, tasting

Roger Uzun, a veteran scuba diver and amateur underwater videographer, swam with a swarm of the creatures for about 20 minutes and said they appeared more curious than aggressive. The animals taste with their tentacles, he said, and seemed to be touching him and his wet suit to determine if he was edible.

“As soon as we went underwater and turned on the video lights, there they were. They would ram into you, they kept hitting the back of my head,” he said.

Chasing prey

No one knows how many squid are in the shallow waters, but one biologist estimated they could number in the hundreds, or possibly thousands.

“Usually where there’s one squid, there’s a lot of squid, so I would assume that there’s a good number,” said John Hyde, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in San Diego.


Health and Food / China's One Dog Policy
« on: July 11, 2009, 06:50:24 AM »
One-dog policy in Chinese city forces tough choice

By WILLIAM FOREMAN – Jun 17, 2009

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mrs. Chen can't imagine abandoning one of her two best friends: her scruffy terrier mutt and a white fluffy Pekingese mix with buggy eyes.

But that's what the government in this southern Chinese city wants the middle-aged housewife to do when a one-dog policy takes effect in Guangzhou.

Beginning July 1, each household can raise only one pooch. The regulation won't be grandfathered in, so families with two or more dogs will apparently have to decide which one gets to stay.

"It's a cruel regulation. These dogs are like family. How can you keep one and get rid of the others?" said Chen, who declined to give her full name because she feared the police would track her down and seize the dogs.

Such dog controls have touched off resentment among urban — mostly new middle class — Chinese in other cities. The Guangzhou measure comes as many are worrying about the economy, and there's potential for the regulation to trigger a public backlash.

Police and city government officials appear to be aware of the issue's sensitivity. The Associated Press spent three weeks making calls and sending faxes to officials requesting an interview about the policy. But after the requests were passed back and forth between the police and city government, neither agreed to discuss it.

The regulation appears to be part of an effort to control stray dogs in Guangzhou, once known as Canton. An hour north of Hong Kong by train, it is one of the richest cities in China and has a rapidly growing middle class that can afford to own dogs.

Mangayo kog mga tampo nga unusual first names nga injong nahibaw-an, sama pananglit gi-combine ang ngalan sa amahan ug inahan. Akong nahibaw-an, naay ubang nasod nga perting katradisyonal, dili ka makapatakag hatag og binag-ong ngalan kon imong iparehistro imong anak. Magbuot ang gobyerno sigon sa ilang balaod. Sa ato, dili kaayo strikto. Usahay gani, ngalan sa baje gamiton para sa laki.

Learn English Online / New words in the latest Webster's
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:34:27 PM »
Frenemy, locavore among new words in Webster's

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras, Associated Press Writer – July 9, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Do you use a sock puppet to secretly keep track of your frenemies?

Plan to spend your staycation watching vlogs and webisodes? Or perhaps you plan to signal a flash mob for a quick bite of shawarma.

If you're not entirely certain what all that means, turn to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which has added about 100 new words that largely reflect changing trends in American society.

John Morse, president and publisher of the Springfield-based dictionary publisher, said many of this year's new words are tied to changes in technology, increasing environmental awareness and aging baby boomers' concerns about their health and have become part of the general lexicon.

"These are not new words in the language, by any means," Morse said. "(But) when words like 'neuroprotective' and 'cardioprotective' show up in the Collegiate, it's because we've made the judgment that these are not just words used by specialists. ... These really are words now likely to show up in The New York Times, in The Wall Street Journal."

There are words such as locavore (one who eats foods grown locally), frenemy (someone who acts like a friend but is really an enemy), waterboarding (an interrogation technique use to induce the sensation of drowning), vlogs (a blog that contains video material) and webisode (a TV show that can be viewed at a Web site).

There's also flash mob (a group of people summoned electronically to a designated spot at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing) and green-collar (involving actions for protecting the natural environment).

Some words that just now made the cut have been around for generations. The term "sock puppet" — a false online identity used for deceptive purposes — was tracked to 1959 but has taken on new popular use with people using fake IDs on social networking sites.

Many words have cross-cultural roots, including shawarma (a sandwich especially of sliced lamb or chicken, vegetables, and often tahini wrapped in pita bread) and reggaeton (music of Puerto Rican origin that combines rap and Caribbean rhythms).

Once words like these become so common that they regularly pop up in conversations and published articles, Morse said they pass muster for being included in the dictionary.

Some words, such as "staycation," have become so popular the dictionary could not ignore them, Morse said. Staycation refers to staying home for vacation and has gained popularity as the economy worsens.

Bohol Directory / Tamblot, Miracle Man
« on: July 08, 2009, 10:04:54 AM »

"When the Boholanos began to convert to Christianity, Tamblot issued a challenge to the Spanish priest as to whose God was more powerful. The challenge was to produce rice and wine from a bamboo stalk. The Spanish priest prayed to his God, of course in Latin, and then cut the bamboo stalk from a groove, but no rice and wine came out. Tamblot then prayed to Ay Sono and then cut the bamboo stalk from a groove and out came rice and wine. (“Medina’s Historia 1630-34,” Blair & Robertson, Vol. 24, p. 116). Tamblot won the challenge and the people sided with Tamblot. Only the towns of Baclayon and Loboc remained loyal to the Spaniards. The Spaniards said it was trickery and the work of the demon.

"Yet the same account in “Medina’s Historia” said that when Alcalde Mayor Juan Alcarazo was hit by a stone, got wounded and fell to the ground, he arose cured by calling on the Holy Child. It was called a miracle! But when Tamblot produced wine and rice from the bamboo stalk, prayed for rain and the rains came and the leaves turned into fishes, it was called trickery or the work of the demon. This is really biased reporting. The Spaniards did not deny the events but only attributed it to different sources, demon for Tamblot and Holy Child for the Spaniard."

--Tirol, Jes. Abatan River Cruise: A Travel Through History

Nia pay uban nga translation:

Aspect – pangdugmok sa ice
Balance Sheet – ang mogawas sa nahilis na ang balanced diet
Beehive – pagpuyo!
Calculator – tawgan taka unya
Cattle – pinaakan sa lamok
CD-ROM – tan-awa ang kwarto
City – sunod sa 6
Deduct – ang itik
Defense – ang koral
Deflate – ang plato
Deposit – ang gripo
Depress – ang nagmisa sa kasal
Detest – ang eksamin
Devalue – ang sunod sa letter V
Devote – ang boto
Effort – asa molanding ang eroplano
Forums – upat ka kwarto
It depends – kan-a ang koral
July – namakak ka?
Persuading – labing unang kasal
Predicate – buhii ang iring
Profit – ipakita ang ebidensya!
Protestant – tindahan og prutas
Punctuation – pangbayad sa tulunghaan
Statue – ikaw ba na?
Tenacious – pang-tennis nga sapatos

 ;D ;D ;D

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Philippine Photo Gallery / LBM Express
« on: July 01, 2009, 08:58:00 AM »

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Courts face new challenges in faith healing cases

By ROSE FRENCH, Associated Press Writer Rose French, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 30, 4:20 am ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though most states have child abuse laws allowing religious exemptions for parents who shun medicine for their sick children, recent cases have raised the thorny legal issues for parents following less-recognized faiths.

Historically, many of the parents addressed by the laws have embraced faiths like Pentecostalism and Christian Science, while others are Jehovah's Witnesses — all established denominations that the law has gradually taken into account.

It's harder for judges to decide cases involving parents who don't belong to a well-known denomination, yet also don't believe in using medicine for their kids. Legal and religious scholars say it's becoming more difficult for courts to decide when to honor the religious beliefs of parents and when to order conventional medical treatment for extremely sick children.

The manslaughter trial of an Oregon couple who claim they were following their religious beliefs in the 2008 pneumonia death of their 1-year-old daughter was to begin Monday. Carl and Raylene Worthington are members of Followers of Christ Church, which has been investigated for past child deaths.

In Tennessee, Jacqueline Crank and her minister Ariel Sherman face child neglect charges in the death of her 15-year-old daughter Jessica, who died in 2002 with a basketball-sized tumor on her shoulder. Prosecutors say based on Sherman's advice, the girl's mother relied on prayer instead of medicine.

Sherman has been accused of being a cult leader whose Universal Life Church is not a legitimate religion. He has denied such charges and says the church is Christian-based and embraces the Bible.

Believers in faith healing point to a Biblical verse in the Epistle of James, which describes how church elders should be called in to pray over the sick. There's no mention of doctors, and literalists interpret it to mean medical treatment should be eschewed over prayer.

Photos Unlimited / parrot flower (new image)
« on: June 27, 2009, 08:00:21 PM »
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Bible Study / MILAGRO!
« on: June 25, 2009, 03:00:49 PM »
Is it a miracle that Colwich man survived?

Colwich athlete's story catches eye of Vatican investigator

The Wichita Eagle, Sunday, June 21, 2009

[Chase Kear suffered a traumatic brain injury while pole vaulting during a practice at Hutchinson Community College. The right side of Kear's skull was removed to relieve pressure off his swelling brain after the accident.

The piece of Chase Kear's skull that was removed during surgery to relieve pressure on his brain has been replaced with a ceramic piece. Kear was injured during a pole vaulting accident last October. An offical from the Vatican is scheduled to be in Wichita next week to investigate the canonization of Fr. Emil Kapuan. Relatives of Chase prayed the Fr. Kapaun prayer often while Chase was near death.]

COLWICH - "Chase survived in part because hundreds of people prayed to Father Emil Kapaun to intercede on his behalf. It was absolutely a miracle." — Paula Kear, Chase's mother

People in Colwich like to touch Chase Kear's arm or his shoulder with their fingers. Or they hug him. "Miracle Man," they say. "Let me touch the miracle." With anybody else in Colwich, this would be just talk. But it's not just talk to the Vatican.

Prompted in part by what the Kear family has said publicly, and partly by a preliminary investigation begun by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, a Vatican investigator named Andrea Ambrosi will arrive from Italy in Wichita on Friday.

He will investigate on behalf of the church in Rome whether 20-year-old Chase Kear's survival qualifies as a miracle; whether he survived a severe head injury last year in part because his family and hundreds of friends successfully prayed thousands of prayers to the soul of Father Emil Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain from Pilsen, Kan., who died a hero in the Korean War.

Ambrosi, a lawyer by training, is coming here to thoroughly "and skeptically" investigate whether Chase's story is a miracle, said the Rev. John Hotze, the judicial vicar for the Wichita diocese. The church requires miracles to elevate a person to sainthood.

Hotze has investigated Kapaun's proposed sainthood for eight years, which is only a fraction of the time the church has been considering whether to elevate Kapaun to sainthood.

Soldiers came out of prisoner-of-war camps in 1953 with incredible stories about Kapaun's heroism and faith. Across Kansas, his memory is kept alive at Wichita's Kapaun Mount Carmel High School, in his hometown of Pilsen and elsewhere.

Kapaun is so well-known and so highly regarded by area Catholics that the diocese has received other reports of miracles involving Kapaun, Hotze said. Ambrosi on Friday will consult area physicians in at least three such cases, including Chase's, Hotze said.

Philippine Business News / ATM Scam na pud!
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:20:58 PM »
Public warned over new ATM scam
By Doris Dumlao

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:42:00 06/24/2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Bankers Association of the Philippines reminded the public to be more careful when using of automated teller machines (ATM), after the a new scam was uncovered.

The scam involves capturing the stored personal identification number (PIN), card number, and other relevant information by skimming the magnetic strip of the ATM card using a specialized scanner. The captured information is then copied to produce a duplicate ATM card, allowing the scammers to make withdrawals without the card holder's knowledge.

The call for added vigilance was triggered by a recent case of ATM fraud in the United Arab Emirates.


« on: June 24, 2009, 07:33:03 PM »
States could lose money over prison rapes

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 23, 5:20 pm ET

WASHINGTON – New measures aimed at reducing prison rapes are in the works — and states that fail to take steps to protect their inmates could see their federal money cut.

The new standards were proposed Tuesday by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, a bipartisan panel that spent five years studying the issue. It's estimated that about 60,000 inmates are sexually abused each year.

With more than 7.3 million people behind bars or on parole and probation in the U.S., the report said jails and prisons should take a series of steps to eliminate sexual abuse of inmates. Those steps include the adoption of zero tolerance policies, better staff training and improved screening to identify prisoners vulnerable to abuse.

"Individuals who are incarcerated have basic human rights," said U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, chairman of the commission. "Just because they've committed a crime and they're incarcerated does not mean that their human dignity can be abused."

The proposed standards are being sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, who has a year to write national standards. States will be notified of the finalized standards and then must adopt them or risk losing 5 percent of any federal prison grant money.

Some of the report's key findings:

• Inmates who are short, young, gay, or female were more likely to be victimized than other inmates.

• Even when inmates are willing to report abuse, their accounts are not always taken seriously and reported to appropriate officials.

In a 2007 study, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that more than 60,000 inmates are sexually abused every year. The study found that 4.5 percent of those surveyed reported being sexually abused in the previous 12 months.

That study also said more prisoners reported abuse by staff than by other prisoners: 2.9 percent to about 2 percent, respectively.

Learn English Online / The Globalized Tongue 1
« on: June 20, 2009, 09:37:40 AM »

Taking Instructions

Globalization may be a boon.  It makes for a faster and freer flow of goods and services between countries and opens the floodgates of competition to the advantage of consumers.  

Amazing.  Tomatoes from Taiwan can be had for one-third the price of tomatoes from Baguio.  And containerized cargo from China costs only a fifth of the price of transporting a similar cargo from Manila to Cebu, I found out in disbelief.    

The fact is end-users can now have better and cheaper goods and services, and more choices.  But caveat emptor!  Consumers who depend on language to tell the best and safest way to use a product are in for a surprise.  Goods may flow faster, but it looks like language has been left behind.

I see a contraption for hot oil shampoo on a shelf in a department store. Fucction:  It can improve hair assimilating in the suitable temperature.  Using way is handy, insert power supply again put on electric cap is good.  Leaving overall zipped down and stripped can be washed, the blurb on its box declares.

Okay, okay.  So this handy, washable electric cap that can improve my hair should be plugged.  But how does one zip down and strip at the same time her overalls?

A hot oil shampoo is one hair care ritual that I do myself.  Having no contrivances like those found in beauty salons, I make do with warm towels or plastic bath caps.  I would love this contraption and have to know how to use it.  

Using Way, the title for the how-to says.  The first, hair processed slectionic hair oil treatment.  Wrapped up the whole hair again put on electric cap. Now, now; if I have to wrap my head where my hair is, because this apparatus is for my crowning unglory to begin with, what is this ritual about having to wrap it twice?  

The instruction goes on:  The two tapes end respectively pulled open again moving, fixed ring width can suitable completely.  Ahhh, so the tape in the apparatus is adjustable, with both ends having rings that fit together.  Not bad, not bad.

More tips:  Ex.  It can be using after the power line in serted outlet, in winter, indoor temperature is the lower, it can insert power supply.  I am literal when it comes to instructions for things that require electric current.  Self-preservation requires that I should avoid holding the tiger by its tail.  At this point, I was beginning to hear the tiger growl.  In winter at that.

Put down the fixed ring after 15-20 minuters, again loosen the roe, then taker electric cap, but must remember pulling out the plug.  Here comes the warning.  I should unplug the electric wire that connects the apparatus, what else.  But how to put down the rings after 15-20 minutes and loosen the roe of the catfish that are jumping as high as the sky?  I am complicating my life.  

Washed hair with wammer water, if washed hair, must washing with pomade.  I want to cry.  If I have to wash my hair with warm water, must I use pomade?  And by the way, is pomade still available in the market fortysomething years after Elvis Presley, whose hair looked cared for and licked by a loving Mama cow?

At last, dride hair with the ordinary way again mended the type.  Ahem.  At last, indeed.  My hair can be dried the old-fashioned way, which starts with a towel and ends by letting the tropical weather do its job.  But I wondered what it is that I have to mend; my hair, the type of breeze, or the holes in my socks.

Thankfully, the manufacturer of this hair care aid had the safety of its buyer in mind.  Under the heading Notes were warnings and maintenance tips.  Hair can’t have hairpin or meedle for preventing electric current, the notes begin.  

Cant wrumple up a electric cap into a ball again.  Binded with electric line.  Don’t washing directly after using.  It wipe the shroud with wet clothes.  Overall can wash lightly with wammer water (in 40°C) and can’t wash with washing machine, so prven from becoming deformed. At least, the temperature was easy to understand.  I’ve always preferred the metric centigrade to the English Fahrenheit.  

I was left with a choice.  I can buy the contraption or end up with a purchase I’d regret.  The electric gadget looked like an oversized Jacqueline Kennedy pillbox hat when Elvis Presley was still around.  A hair care expert may teach me its use but I would need an electrical engineer too.  Otherwise, I imagined following Queen Nefertiti with her fabulous headdress.          

Thought it was better to just take down the instructions, pure and unadulterated.  I was writing when a customer asked me where the hair clips are.  Serves me right for enjoying an unusual read instead of buying something.  Please ask a salesgirl; I’m the supervisor here, I answered.  I think she believed me as much as I believed the instructions I was copying.

 8)A.M.B. Apalisok
Stings from the Wild
The Second Generation

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