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Health and Food / What Is Dehydration in Adults?
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:27:05 PM »

What Is Dehydration in Adults?

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Dehydration Facts

1. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when an individual has lost so much fluid that the body can no longer function normally and develops signs and symptoms due to the loss of fluid.

2. Adults should seek medical care for suspected dehydration if experiencing decreased production of urine, fever over 101 F, seizures, difficulty breathing, or chest or abdominal pain.

3. Medical treatment of dehydration in adults may involve drinking fluids that contain electrolytes and carbohydrates, in addition to water. In cases of severe dehydration, it may be necessary to administer IV fluids.


UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

Mara Cepeda
September 01, 2019

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines – Three European countries that are state parties of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) expressed their collective concern over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

On Thursday, August 29, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany – collectively known as E3 – released a joint statement on the “tensions” among coastal states along the South China Sea that could lead to “instability” in the region.

“We are concerned about the situation in the South China Sea which could lead to insecurity and instability in the region,” said the 3 countries’ statement.

Philippine Education / The pros and cons of homework
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:25:46 PM »

The pros and cons of homework

The Philippine Star
August 30, 2019

There has been much debate over the last few years regarding homework. As an educator and a parent, I feel l have struggled in this area over and over, trying to figure out exactly how beneficial homework could be for learners.

As a student many moons ago, I recall thoroughly enjoying homework for subjects I excelled at and dreaded the ones I was weak in. All in all, the stress behind the whole idea of homework should be assessed fully by the teacher in charge.

At most, this is my opinion. As a young teacher, I taught a foreign language – Spanish. Because I grew up hearing the language at home, as a young student, one can say it should have been familiar territory for me at school. However, my parents and I never went through conjugations of verbs at home. Conjugations of verbs were always a big part of learning a foreign language and it was a side of the subject I honestly didn’t enjoy at school even if my parents spoke Spanish at home.


Why You May Want to Avoid These 2 Types of Blood Pressure Meds

Experts urge a change in medication to decrease risk of death.

For people with high blood pressure, fluctuating readings are a warning sign that you might need to change medication.

New research presented today at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session pointed out that two types of high blood pressure medications — alpha-blockers and alpha-2 agonists — are associated with blood pressure variability.

And these fluctuations are linked to an increased risk of death.

The researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah are encouraging physicians to prescribe other blood pressure medications to decrease mortality risk for their patients.


'Mysterious power over humanity': How cats affect health

By Alice Robb
Science of US

Story highlights

The cat is one of the most powerful animals on the planet, author says

Even if your cat doesn't give you toxoplasmosis, it may not be wonderful for your mental health

When a stray cat wandered onto the tracks of a midtown 7 train in New York City last month, the MTA halted the entire subway line until the animal was out of harm's way. At the same time, the U.S. government euthanizes millions of stray cats each year.

They're a disaster for the environment: One conservancy organization has called cats the "ecological axis of evil." American cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds each year, and they've been implicated in dozens of mammalian extinctions. (The Australian government has funded research into the most efficient methods of cat control -- yielding products like a poison-laced kangaroo sausage called "Eradicat.")

Nearly half of house cats have physically attacked their owners.

Lifestyle, Culture and Arts / Cats and Dogs Petting Chart
« on: August 23, 2019, 07:32:39 PM »

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Ang Resulta...bow!
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:45:32 PM »

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Philippine Archive / The Sarmenta-Gomez Murder and the Mayor
« on: August 23, 2019, 02:46:57 PM »

August 22, 2019

Backgrounder: Eileen Sarmenta Was ‘Gift’ To Mayor Sanchez

As convicted rapist and ex-Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez is set to be released due to a new Supreme Court ruling on good conduct allowances, The Philippine STAR looks back at the controversial case that put him behind bars.

Epi Fabonan III 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

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The March 15, 1995 issue of The Philippine STAR that shows the banner headline “Sanchez Guilty” following the conviction and sentencing of Antonio Sanchez for the killing of Mary Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez. Photo by Epi Fabonan III, The Philippine STAR

As Mary Eileen Sarmenta and fellow student Allan Gomez sat and chatted in the front passenger seat of a Toyota Tamaraw van inside the Agrix Complex of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños campus on June 28, 1993, little did the two know the tragic fate that awaited them.

Both agricultural students at the university, Sarmenta and Gomez just wanted to go home after a busy Monday of classes. But as they waited for the van to fill with passengers, six heavily armed men commandeered the vehicle and took the two students. They were brought to the Los Baños rest house of then Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez.

General Topic / Retirement Advice for Botoy
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:42:13 AM »

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Experts share tips on how to protect your credit card account and personal information safe from scammers who would use it to steal from you.

Ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud and identity theft

Maan D' Asis Pamaran
August 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — A new breed of high-tech thieves can take your money with only a few clicks, using information you may have unwittingly given them.

Chino Rodriguez, a data privacy officer of a BPO company, explains how easily credit card fraud can happen.

“The easiest one is called social engineering, where they basically fool people into entering their sensitive information through ways like phishing,” Rodriguez told in an interview.

Health and Food / 7 Benefits of Baking Soda for Hair, Skin, and Body
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:58:03 AM »

7 Benefits of Baking Soda for Hair, Skin, and Body

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Baking soda is a critical element in a lot of baked goods because it causes food to rise. Without it, all cakes and cookies would be flat bricks. You don’t need very much baking soda in any given recipe, but the box it comes in is relatively large. Wouldn’t it be nice to have another use for the product?

Well, there are actually a ton of things you can do with baking soda that don’t involve baking. It’s a pretty handy natural cleanser, for one thing. But even more exciting are 7 great things baking soda can do for your hair, skin, and body. Dollar for dollar and use for use, it is probably the most affordable and versatile health & beauty product around.
We feel confident in saying that these 7 uses qualify as actual life hacks. If you’ve ever been in desperate need of #4, you’ll know what we’re talking about.


A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo

By Scottie Andrew, CNN
August 13, 2019

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Gay penguin couple adopts egg together
(CNN)After fruitless attempts to hatch stones and fish, a gay penguin couple at a German zoo may finally be able to parent a chick of their own.

Zoo Berlin officials announced that two of its male king penguins, Skipper and Ping, have eagerly adopted an egg. It'll be the pair's first chick, if all goes well.

The couple arrived together from a zoo in Hamburg in April, and their bond was evident as soon as they arrived, zoo spokesman Maximilian Jäger said.

In July, keepers decided to give Skipper and Ping a real crack at parenthood. One of the zoo's female king penguins laid an egg, but because she had never hatched her previous eggs, staff members decided to donate it to the pair, he said.

Health and Food / UP students discover cancer treatment in horn snail
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:37:13 AM »

UP students discover cancer treatment in horn snail

Janvic Mateo
(The Philippine Star)
August 14, 2019

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Telescopium telescopium, locally known as bagongon, is gathered from mangroves in Southeast Asia for food.
Images courtesy of the University of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Compounds extracted from a species of horn snails, locally known as bagongon, were discovered to have properties that may be used for the development of a cancer treatment.

Students from the University of the Philippines-Manila, in a study published in the journal Acta Medica Philippina last month, found that certain extracts from locally abundant horn snails (Telescopium telescopium) may prevent angiogenesis or the formation of blood vessels from existing ones.

The blood vessels, according to the authors, supply oxygen and nutrients for the growth of cancer cells, making angiogenesis a significant mechanism of growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Philippine Government / Grace Poe’s tragedy and triumphs
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:22:51 AM »


Grace Poe’s tragedy and triumphs

By: Richard Heydarian
Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 13, 2019

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides,” the late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher warned.

For “The Iron Lady,” leadership was a matter of conviction politics — pushing your policy priorities to their preferred destination at all costs, regardless of the magnitude of obstacles and depth of objections. Despite vehement opposition, Thatcher oversaw the vitiation of the social welfare system, the aggressive deregulation of the economy and financial liberalization at the expense of the manufacturing sector.

She was a woman of unparalleled conviction and steely will, confidently disparaging middle-of-the-road political posturing, especially in times of tortuous upheaval and excruciating transition. Yet her single-minded style of leadership also brought about tremendous suffering, especially among the working class, while weakening the foundations of the British economy in the long run.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Spider Cat
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:07:48 AM »

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Percentages of Parenting
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:51:09 PM »

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Bitter melon — also known as bitter gourd or Momordica charantia— is a tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family and is closely related to zucchini, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber.

It’s cultivated around the world for its edible fruit, which is considered a staple in many types of Asian cuisine.

The Chinese variety is typically long, pale green, and covered with wart-like bumps.

On the other hand, the Indian variety is more narrow and has pointed ends with rough, jagged spikes on the rind.

In addition to its sharp flavor and distinct appearance, bitter melon has been associated with several impressive health benefits.

Here are 6 benefits of bitter melon and its extract.


Duterte Faces GDP Headache As Trump Vs. China Hits Philippines
William Pesek

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, before their meeting at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China, on April 25, 2019. KENZABURO FUKUHARA/KYODO NEWS - POOL/GETTY IMAGES

Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to cozy up to China these last few years isn’t paying the economic dividends the Philippines hoped.

It all seemed so simple in June 2016, when Duterte grabbed the keys to the presidential palace from Benigno Aquino. His predecessor drew Manila close to Barack Obama’s America. In his six years in office, Aquino pushed back at China’s territorial expansionism in the South China Sea. He even took China to international court (and won).

Duterte went the other way, engaging with Xi Jinping’s China. In September 2016, he insulted Obama with a slur in Tagalog after the U.S. leader had criticized the extrajudicial killings that characterized Duterte’s war on drugs. China, Duterte figured, was a better fit: deep pockets to help build Filipino infrastructure and a policy of non-interference with Duterte’s domestic activities.


Mediterranean plastic pollution hotspots highlighted in report

07 May 2019

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Plastic bottles are a huge source of marine pollution

Nine coastlines have been identified as the places in the Mediterranean most polluted with plastic, a report says.

They include top tourist spots such as Barcelona, Marseilles, Tel-Aviv and the Venice coast near the Po river.

The report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said all Mediterranean countries had underperformed in managing plastic contamination.

It said 570,000 tonnes of plastic went into the sea each year - the equivalent of 33,800 plastic bottles every minute.


The cat who saved a Japanese rail line

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Children pet Tama, the original feline stationmaster of Japan's Kishi train station

Not only did Tama’s sweet nature and photogenic features make her popular with commuters on the Kishigawa railway, but the ‘cat master’ became so famous she was knighted.

By Rob Goss
22 May 2019

On a bright May morning at Japan’s Idakiso train station, a small cat basked in the sun as her photo was taken by a group of tourists before getting a tummy tickle from a toddler. While the white, tan and black kitten purred and meowed in the arms of a visitor, one of the station workers looked on with a grin, interjecting only to gently reposition the cat’s brimmed conductor hat whenever it threatened to slip over her eyes.

"I sometimes forget
that she is my boss."

“Having her around the station makes everyone happy,” he said, as the cat playfully swiped at a tourist’s iPhone. “I sometimes forget that she is my boss.”

Meet Yontama, the latest in a line of feline stationmasters that has helped save the Kishigawa railway line in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture, a largely mountainous and rural part of the country famous for temple-studded hillsides and sacred pilgrimage trails.

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