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Photos Unlimited / Cliffhanger
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:17:51 AM »
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Philippine Daily News / Manila terror attack
« on: June 03, 2017, 12:36:07 AM »
Young moms, fathers, beloved bosses among those who died in the Resorts World Manila attack
By: the Super staff - @inquirerdotnet 09:22 PM June 02, 2017

At least 37 people died when a lone gunman stormed into Resorts World Manila’s casino area, firing shots, setting fires and stealing chips. Most of the victims were casino employees and guests who suffocated after inhaling smoke.

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USA and Canada / World Order in the Age of Trump
« on: June 01, 2017, 02:29:43 PM »
World Order in the Age of Trump
The future world order will resemble a multiplex cinema involving a larger audience and multiple stakeholders. The world will be pluralistic with cultural and political diversity but fragmented international governance modules, rather than being directed by a global hegemon.

What does the United States President Donald Trump’s presidency mean for the geopolitical world, and how will his steps affect the international liberal order, were some of the questions that the Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing –  Professor Amitav Acharya discussed during his public lecture, titled ‘World Order in the Age of Trump.’ He began his talk by highlighting that the western dominated world order has already been on a decline, and Trump will not be able to reverse that decline. His actions so far have been unpredictable and what he can or will do is yet to be seen. Acharya stated a few main trends to underline this argument and projected a different geopolitical trajectory.

Firstly, Trump is the consequence of the current world crisis and not its cause. The U.S. has had a role to play in reversing the advancement of international liberal order in recent times. It is evident from the slowing down of the rate of increase in world trade in the past four years as well as the fragmentation that international institutions associated with the U.S. such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have been undergoing  in recent times. These three factors are considered the pillars of the U.S.’ idea of liberal order and President Trump is taking steps to further weaken these pillars in the name of harnessing the national strength of his country. Examples of this can be seen through his recent actions such as  disbanding the Trans – Pacific Partnership (TPP), having an inward-looking approach to economic globalisation, threatening liberal alliances like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and bilateral relations with South Korea and Japan, thereby challenging the foundational elements of the liberal order.

Secondly, emerging powers like China and India can act as the defenders of the liberal world order. Elements within the scope of BRICS such as South Africa’s recession, China-India tensions over One Belt One Road Initiative (over the disputed territory of Kashmir in India), withdrawal of BRICS fund by Goldman Sachs in 2015, are trends which render emerging powers’ capacity to protect the liberal order weak. However, China has shown efforts to defend globalisation while countries like United Kingdom through Brexit and US through Trump’s protectionist agenda, have threatened it. Thereby, in the coming times, these emerging powers will act as protectors of the western initiated order.

Thirdly, globalisation in the current times will be different but not defunct. It will be headed by the East than by the West, focused on more South-South than the previous North-South links, and will draw more attention to development over trade. Acharya demonstrated this by using a few historical examples of the brief period of western trade dominance in the entire world history, showing the influence of the Arab world on world economy. He further stated the importance of China and India in respecting state sovereignty, cultural and political diversity and keeping their capitalist ambitions intact in this new age. All these factors will define the diversity in economic and political ideology laying the basis for globalisation. The global power shift ‘shows the rise of the rest than just the rise of the BRICS,’ as developing countries will account for 57% of the world’s GDP by 2030 (as per KPMG predictions).

President Trump will aggravate these trends through his non-recognition of the stakes of multiple alliances in the U.S.- led international order, which encompass nations, institutions and trade. This may lead to the destruction of the present order which has been key to America’s greatness so far. It is yet to be seen what President Trump promotes as his foreign policy, in terms of his one-to-one trade deals as opposed to the multilateral ones, among others. Recent survey (Pew Research 2016) claims that globalisation is taken in a positive light, with majority populations in China and India agreeing that it is vital for a healthy economy, their children’s welfare and their countries’ role in the future.

Acharya concluded his lecture by stating that the future world order will resemble a multiplex cinema involving a larger audience and multiple stakeholders. The world will be pluralistic with cultural and political diversity but fragmented international governance modules, rather than being directed by a global hegemon.

This is an event coverage piece by Master in Public Policy student Mariyam Raza Haider.


Chess & Mind Games / AMBUSH
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:18:42 AM »
My story happened in 1971. Niadtong panahona, bag-o pa lang nag sugod ang gera gera sa Mindanao. Muslim vs. Christian. At that time, 3rd yr. ko sa civil eng.g. sa University of Bohol. Nahitabo nga nang recruit ang Phil. Army sa ROTC. Para ibala sa Mindanao. Jolo and Palawan. Gi laay ko sa ahong eskwela kay lagi boloktorian man, daghan ko ug hagbong sa mga subjects sa civil eng.g. Mao to nga naka hunahuna ko nga mo join na lang sa Phil. Army. Mi enlist ko. Nag training mi diha ra sa Tagbilaran. Ang among CO si Calimbayan. Nakalimot na man ko sa ijang first name. Ricardo man tingali to. Ang training officer namo was a Tagalog. Lt. Grio. Kining sundawo ta dali ra maka attract ug chicks. Si Geesnel Lim, of the well known Lim family of Tagbilaran mo adto pod sa stadium. Motanaw namo mag training. Kay naka sight man sija ni Lt. Grio. Pagka gwapa ni Geesnel. Kalami na lang unta ipanguyab. Pero kotob ra intawon ko sa tanaw. Tulo laway. Ang ang man ug mo entra ka. Tenyente ang kontra.

Mo dalikyat ko ug uli sa Maribojoc kay duol ra man. Naka fatigue ug takin sa garand. Pagka hawod ni Balonglong. hihihi. Barog barog dajon sa eskina. Pa view sa mga chicks. Kay sundawo lagi konohay. Sailor, soldier, salesman. Mao ni mga attractive sa chicks. I have been all three. Anhi ta mo concentrate sa pagka sundawo kay ug e apil pa naho ang sailor ug salesman. Di na ta mahuman. Adto ko mag istambayan sa ilang Dodong Hugo nga balay. Pa atbang sa tindahan ni Nang Lilang Campos. Naa man gud sijay duha ka gwapang dalaga, Si Espie ug si Lita. Nanguyab ko ni Espie. Pero wa jud ko ka dama. Very poor pa man mi sauna. Unja ahong kontra nanguyab ni Espie, si Al Barcinas, rich ug gwapo man. So no effect ahong pag unporme uniporme, takin sa garand.  Wa jud mo lingi si Espie naho.

Miabot ang panahon nga nahuman mi ug training. Deploy na mi sa Palawan. Sa ahong hunahuna, basin pa ug magka uban mi ni Bokatch. Kay dugay ra man nga nag sundawo si Bokatch. Pilay pad ug maka join ko sa ilang unit. Swerte jud tingali, nag kauban ra mi si Bokatch. Sugod na sa gera gera. Permero nahong engkwentro, naka igo ko ug usa. Katawa ko ug doro. Ingon ani man diay ning gera. Mora ra pod ta ug nag duwa duwa ba.

To be continued.........

Watch for the    4th JESUS ANQUILERO Chess Tournament   on Sept. 30 sa Maribojoc Cultural Center . Ginagmay nga prizes for kids under 13.
1st prize......P5000
2nd prize......P3000
3rd prize......P2000
4th prize......P1000

Travel and Tours / Lamdalag Divine Mercy Sanctuary
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:13:01 PM »
Divine Mercy Sanctuary is situated uphill in Brgy. Lamdalag. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato It is a beautiful place to visit for prayers, to reflect and to relax, and be closer to God.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus was born in cave or stable in Bethlehem “because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2.7) There, our Lord – God made man – was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. What a blessed place!

The Church has always held this place in high esteem, which is why at the beginning of the fourth century a small chapel was built around it so that everyone could visit it.

Unfortunately, this chapel was destroyed in a revolt in the 6th century. Soon after, though, when a period of peace reigned, the Emperor Justinian ordered that the chapel be rebuilt, but now much larger – it would be a basilica! It is precisely this basilica that continues to this day.

Love Talk / Love Story
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:42:39 PM »
Where do I begin
To tell the story of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me
Where do I start
With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
There'll never be another love, another time
She came into my life and made the living fine
She fills my heart
She fills my heart with very special things
With angels' songs, with wild imaginings
She fills my soul with so much love
That anywhere I go I'm never lonely
With her around, who could be lonely
I reach for her hand, it's always there
How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I'll need her till the stars all burn away
And she'll be there
How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I'll need her till the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

Market & Economic Trends / mini-plane
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:45:39 PM »
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Niklas Zennstrom

LONDON — Niklas Zennström, Skype's cofounder and former CEO, is backing a company building car-sized aircraft in Germany through his venture capital firm Atomico.

Lilium Aviation, a two-year-old Munich startup, received €10 million (£8.4 million) on Monday from Atomico and other investors to help it develop the personal electric planes that are capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).

Founded by four entrepreneurs in 2014, Lilium envisages building a quiet, lightweight commuter aircraft that will be capable of flying between cities at a height of 3,000m. It is gearing up to test its first full-sized prototype early next year.

With an expected range of 300km and estimated top speed of up to 300km/h, the Lilium Jet is aiming to make inter-city travel, faster than any widely available mass transit system. San Francisco to Palo Alto would take less than 15 minutes, while Munich to Frankfurt would take just over an hour.

"This is a really good example of founders who are using deep technology to take on a very big problem," said Zennström, who has joined the board of the company, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. "The way we deal with transportation today is broken. There are congestions and to get from East London to West London takes forever. There is pollution in our cities with carbon dioxide so we get climate change.

"Of course you have electrical vehicles and autonomous vehicles to deal with some of those things but really to solve it in a big way we think you need to take to the skies."

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Atomico, which was set up in 2006 and has raised over $600 million (£472 million) to invest in startups, also backed Lilium in a smaller undisclosed round in June. Lilium said it intends to use the new money to expand its existing team of 35 aviation specialists and product engineers.

Other companies are also building personal planes but they're going about it in a different way. "Others are taking the concept of a drone and making it really big," said Zennström. "The problem with a drone is the propellers have to create lift all the time so it’s going to use a lot of electricity. But Lilium, they’re just using thrust to get it up and then it transitions to flight mode with the wings using much less energy. About the same as an electrical car. It's extremely energy efficient."

Lilium claims that its aircraft — powered by 36 directable electric fans, mounted along the wings and front pods — will be quieter than helicopters and other competitors, while also requiring less infrastructure.

Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand said in a statement: "When we founded Lilium we had a single, simple goal — to design the best possible means of transportation for the 21st century. With our technology we can triple the radius of people’s lives while preserving our environment, avoiding congestion and eliminating the cost of infrastructure. We can also flexibly connect whole states to single metropolitan areas.

"A personal vertical take-off and landing aircraft has been the dream of generations. It is the ultimate means of transportation. Together with Atomico we share the vision to make this dream come true for everybody, in the form of the VTOL Lilium Jet."

Photos Unlimited / BALONG's Farm
« on: December 05, 2016, 08:52:36 PM »
nahuman na ang ahong nobela nga how i made a million dollars. unja nag said goodbye na ko. kay ma uwaw na ko nga mag sigi ug pamotbot dinhi sa atong website. kay basin naay maka basa nga taga maribojoc, maka ingon nga daghana diay ug kwarta ni si mr. balonglong tikongkong. naa unjay maka hunahuna nga ipa kidnap ko ug ipa ransom. wala na ra ba ang ahong protector nga si bokatch. sa tinood lang, baho pa ko sa tae, way nahot bisan pa ug BSN ahong profession Binuhi Sa Nurse. anyway, i promised to post pictures of my farm. kay kini gong kwarta numero lang ni kong dili nimo gamiton. actually, diha koy gamay nga ganansya when i sold JAZZ company. nag withdraw ko ug $200,000 from my ganansya. gi palit naho ug farm para makita naho ang kwarta. i bought the farm for $145,000. the rest of the money i spent for happyness. you know how it is. pang beerhouse. pang k sa mga dancers kay bisan tiguwang na ko nanimaho nang menteryo, mo ots pa man gihapon ang oTEN.

Sports and Fitness / Maribojoc CHRISTmas Basketball League
« on: November 12, 2016, 01:20:06 PM »
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How Donald Trump won the White House and stunned the world
Lesley Clark, David Goldstein and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Nov 9, 2016
Published in News & Features
NEW YORK -- America, he's hired.

Donald Trump, the bombastic reality-TV-star-turned-politician, won by harnessing deep discontent with Washington and deep-seated loathing of his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In so doing, he upended every scrap of conventional wisdom. With zero political experience, Trump dismissed the trappings of a routine candidacy. He insulted people. He warred openly with his own Republican Party. And he eschewed politically safe talk for calls to "build the wall" and "drain the swamp," tapping into a deep vein of American populism.

"People entirely underestimated the hunger for change and a true outsider," said Brian Ballard, Trump's Florida finance chairman.

Trump's victory calls into question the elaborate party system, Ballard said, given Trump's ability to "bring millions of new voices to the political process."

Trump's win also could raise the value of celebrity over government experience and give rise to other boldface names who believe they have a shot at holding elected office. Already there has been speculation about Mark Cuban, the Clinton supporter and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

"Our culture allows a celebrity style to flourish quickly," said Scott Jennings, who ran Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 2012 Ohio campaign. "They've got the instant name recognition. They can move faster because of it, and that's what Trump did."

The results could also force another search for so-called "undercover" or "shy" voters, who wouldn't tell pollsters that they backed Trump. His campaign argued for months that his campaign was churning out new voters and pollsters were missing some of his supporters, though data analysts said they found no proof.

But Trump may have been "right all along there is a group that he managed to harness and surprise the world," Jennings said.

Trump's star status gave him entry to voters through free television appearances. Early in his effort as he dispatched 16 less-colorful primary rivals, Trump reaped the benefits of free media. Cable and TV networks carried many of the former reality TV star's campaign events live and he dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows, conducting interviews by phone, a courtesy not extended to his rivals.


Youtube Replay / my favorite free movie website
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:51:56 PM »

General Topic / The SATANIC Temple
« on: October 30, 2016, 02:08:41 PM »
ngil-ad na kaajo ning america. mao nga ujon ko sa decision ni duterte nga mo buwag na sa america. dinhi sa states, people glorify SATAN.

Philippine Daily News / The DUTERTE MANIFESTO
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:50:29 PM »
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Philippine Daily News / The DUTERTE Revolution
« on: October 23, 2016, 09:34:20 AM »
The Duterte revolution

By: F. Sionil Jose / @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 01:30 AM July 30, 2016

We are at the start of a revolution that is uniquely Filipino in the same way that Edsa I was. The past decades that were a slow drift to an implosion due to rampant corruption, weakened institutions and the apathy of Filipinos have finally been arrested—not by a man on a white horse, or a soldier atop a tank, but through the ballot by a foul-mouthed Indio, the first politician courageous enough to challenge the Catholic Church and the powerful, arrogant and, yes, unclean media. His ideology in its basic simplicity is love of country and people, and a willingness to sacrifice for it.

The ramifications of Mr. Duterte’s assault on the rotten status quo, which has begun with the war on drugs, will go deeper into the matrix of our society and government as police, politicians and powerful Filipinos are subjected to the harsh scrutiny of the revolution. Eventually the highest enclaves of privilege will feel its impact for the simple reason that rampant corruption also afflicts our business and banking sectors.

Many of our problems are due to the irresponsibility of the oligarchs; they are the No. 1 culprit of our economic and moral decline. They argue and make decisions from comfortable positions. The revolution is happening, and they cannot see it. Perhaps, when it reaches them, they will be forced to be more socially involved and invest in enterprises that will “spread money like fertilizer.” They may even bring home the money they have stashed or invested abroad, and participate in the resurgence of ethics and patriotism.

Populist programs particularly in education, in health and in housing are an absolute necessity, but they should not cultivate mendicancy. It is important that many jobs are created as President Roosevelt did during America’s Great Depression. The monetary aid being dispensed to the very poor under the past administration should be stopped and jobs put in its place.

Populist programs should not bankrupt the economy and result in dire shortages of food and medicines, as is happening in oil-rich Venezuela. Apart from creating jobs and therefore increasing production, the Duterte administration should also widen the tax base and intensify tax collection. As in the United States, tax evasion should be dealt with severely by imprisonment and confiscation of assets. There is hardly anyone in this country that is put in jail for tax evasion. It will take a lot of courage to do this, but President Duterte has tons of it.

His massive support cuts across ethnicities, across social, economic and generational divides. All sorts of people supported his election, among them those who saw where the wind was blowing. Even the Moros did. The Left did not; as in Edsa I, their feet were not on the ground. They supported Grace Poe, unmindful of the big money that was behind her.

Yet, upon occupying office, President Duterte took the high moral ground by accommodating the communist left and extending a hand to the Moro rebels. The response of these rebel movements to his offer of a unilateral ceasefire and peace will validate—or invalidate—their sincerity. It is only with peace that we can have real development.

The first weeks of the Duterte administration have given us hope in several sectors—in agriculture, in the welfare of our overseas Filipino workers, in transportation, education, housing, telecommunications and services. And most of all, access to the very top for the aggrieved, and transparency of government transactions, long withheld by politicians and the powerful with secrets to hide.

His major failing, as I see it, is his accommodation of the Marcos dictatorship. Why? He is fully aware of its evil, its immoral excesses, and its singular role in impoverishing our country. For that reason it is too early to be euphoric.

Make no mistake, though. This revolution is rooted in ethics and patriotism, as were most revolutions in the past.

It will not be a quick fix. The Mexican and Vietnamese revolutions lasted one generation; we must be prepared for the painful process, the collateral damage, the emotional travail.

Yet there is no certitude, no guarantee, that this revolution will create a free and just society. Remember how the French revolution devoured its own children, Madame Roland exclaiming before the guillotine, “Oh liberty, what crimes are committed in your name!”

That revolution ushered in Napoleon, just like the American revolutionary war preceded the civil war, the Chinese revolution brought about the great proletarian cultural revolution that decimated hundreds of thousands, and the Iranian revolution brought about Islamic fundamentalism. But the revolutions changed these countries forever. For this is what every revolution does: It alters society, and transfers power from the oppressor to the oppressed.

It is a risk that all people must take to be free of oppression, to have justice. It is up to the survivors of any revolution to realize that it does not bring immediate social benefits to the people. At its conclusion, it is precisely at this opportune time that revolutionaries have to work harder to make that cataclysmic change bear fruit. It is the time when they should depart to be replaced by excellent administrators who have the technical knowledge and expertise for development. The sword must now be forged into a plowshare.

In ushering in meaningful change for the Philippines, President Duterte has incurred the wrath of so many in all levels of society, from the slums to the perfumed precincts of the very rich who feel that their status and privileges are threatened. It is very possible that this very day, conspiracies are being hatched to assassinate him. If such plans succeed, they may well halt the revolution although several changes have been made permanent.

But our past has shown how Filipinos easily forget and are not all that vigilant. Soon, the baser side of our nature, our instincts, will prevail. President Magsaysay brought about a clean government but upon his death in 1957, in that airplane crash which up to this very day is considered by many as sabotage, corruption returned instantly. And the very stalwarts who supported Magsaysay could do little to stop the resurgence of this evil.

Whatever good the Duterte revolution succeeds in implanting in the Filipino consciousness must therefore be made permanent, institutionalized. This can be made possible by constant testing under stress, as metals are tested and strengthened by fire, and by also ingesting in our hearts the ideal of love of country and people—and the willingness to sacrifice for it—so that we can redeem this unhappy country at last.

F. Sionil Jose is a national artist for literature.


Cars and Automotive / my new car
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:27:01 PM »
pila ka adlaw nga wala ko maka post kay medyo busy. gawas nga busy kaajo ang mga bata, si ian ug si gina sa ilang school band ug chorus activities  , na aksidente pa jod. gabii na nga mi uli mi gikan sa school . ngitngit along south poinciana blvd. nag u turn ko. careful kaajo kay bag-o lang ko nga naka dawat ug overspeeding ticket nga $300. when i looked, lajo pa ang oncoming car so i decided to make a uturn . BAM BAM BAM. na bangga-an ang lobot sa van. kay perteng kosoga man diay sa oncoming car. tungod sa ka kusog sa impact, i went up over the aisle and the van went back to the opposite road where we came from. maajo na lang kay walay oncoming cars. kay kong diha pa, doble disgrasya. miabot ang polis, unya nag imbestigar. well,well, well, ako mao konoy sad-an kay failure to yield. guba na ang van, pa bayron pa jud ko $166 sa traffic citation.

i traded my 2012 toyota sienna van for a compass. karong dominggo,when my children are done w/ a whole week of activities i will post pictures. di man ko maka post kong ako ra. ahong mga anak maoy mag upload sa mga pictures to the computer kay i am computer illiterate. all i know how to do on the comp is buy and sell stocks. online trading. i promise nga humanon na ang nobela nga HOW I MADE A MILLION DOLLARS kay tigulang na si mr. balonglong tikongkong, walay mata walay ilong. ;D

next month, i will turn 65, nanimaho nang menteryo :'(

Bible Study / The Lord's Prayer
« on: October 14, 2016, 05:13:46 AM »
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Cars and Automotive / $300,000 Aston Martin VANQUISH
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:37:56 AM »
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There are cars, and then there are Aston Martins. The boutique British sports car maker doesn't build transportation —  it is a purveyor of automotive art. And though they may not all be as striking as the Vulcan hypercar or as classically beautiful as the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martins have always been stylish, powerful, and attention-grabbing. So much so that Aston is the car of choice for the world's most famous fictional super spy. No, we're not talking about Jason Bourne or Austin Powers.
At the top of the Aston Martin hierarchy is their flagship grand tourer, the Vanquish. The multimillion-dollar Vulcan is a limited-edition, track-only offering to 23 customers, and the Lagonda Taraf is, well, a Lagonda. The Vanquish is a car we've had our eye on. Last year, we named the Aston one of the most beautiful news cars money can buy.

Earlier this year, Business Insider had the opportunity to check out a 2016 Vanquish for a few days. Aston Martin delivered the silver super GT to our New York office one afternoon, and from the moment we laid eyes on the Vanquish, it was hard to turn away.

Photos by Hollis Johnson unless otherwise credited.

Bible Study / Wreaths for the Queen
« on: October 08, 2016, 09:04:28 AM »
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Little Angelo lived in a winterless country where the weather was pleasant and sunny, the air was fragrant and flowers abounded. Angelo never saw snow or ice. He never had to stay indoors to keep warm. He spent hours on end outdoors, and at night sleep came fast and heavy.
However, one day Angelo fell seriously ill. His mother worried and nursed him night and day, watching for the smallest sign of improvement. But it never came. The poor woman cried and prayed, until, one day, looking through the window at a statue of the Mother of God in the garden, she had an inspiration. Taking her young boy in her arms, she rushed outside.

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Setting the sick boy on the ground before the statue and kneeling she prayed: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, my child is very sick, as you can see. Please make him well again. Mother, you loved your child Jesus. Have pity on this mother who also loves her child as you loved yours. Restore his health. Make him well again and I promise to teach him to love you, and serve you and to show his love for you always.”
Just as she spoke these last words, Angelo opened his eyes and smiled up at his mother. She knew that her son was cured, and joy filled her soul.
After that, the good woman taught Angelo to select flowers from the garden and to make wreaths of them.
He would then take them to the beautiful statue of Our Lady and place them at her feet. Kneeling down, he would say: “Holy Mother of Jesus, and my Mother, I give you this wreath of flowers to show you that I love you. I thank you for all you have done for me. Help me to keep my soul pure. Bless and keep my mother and my father.” Then he would recite the “Hail Mary.”
When he had finished his prayer, he would sit down near the statue and just look at Our Lady. He liked to “keep her company” and think about her at length. He imagined how beautiful and queenly she must be in person.  Then, standing up, he would reverently bow and run on his way.

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Up the mountain
The years went by and Angelo grew up, and his love for Our Lady grew as well. Now a young man, he loved Our Lady more than ever. He had never ceased making her a wreath of flowers every day. In the depths of his soul, he began to hear her calling to him,
“Come, my son, up to the mountains, to my monastery of Saint Dominic.”
So one day, Angelo came in from the garden and said to his mother: “Mother, I must speak with you. Having thought and prayed much, I am convinced that Our Lady wishes me to join the fathers and brothers at the monastery of Saint Dominic in the mountains, to spend my life praying and working with them.”
His good mother was both happy and sad: happy that Our Lady had done her the honor of choosing her son for her own service; sad because of the necessary separation. Yet, she blessed God and the dear Lady for this privilege.
So, Angelo went up the mountains and was admitted as a novice in the great monastery of Saint Dominic. He soon donned the white habit.
For a time he was clearly very happy. One day, however, the abbot, Father James, noticed that Brother Angelo was a bit downcast. Approaching him, he said:
“Brother, until recently you seemed content here, but now I see a shadow of sadness across your face. Will you tell me the reason?”
“Father,” answered the young friar as he stood by a window, “look outside and tell me what you see.”
The abbot did as the young brother bid and said:
“Well, I see the snow falling and blown all around by gusts of mountain air. I see many snowy peaks and valleys. But I see nothing unusual. It is always so up here…”
“Exactly, Father. Where I come from it is always green and flowers are abundant.
When I was a small boy I was healed of a serious illness after my good mother placed me at the feet of a statue of the Mother of God in our garden.
From that day I formed the habit of offering a wreath of flowers to her each day. I feel amiss in being unable to do that now, for it was my homage of gratitude to her. I believe that it kept me close to her and always in her service.”
Hearing this the abbot reached into a pocket of his white habit and brought out a Rosary. He held it out to Brother Angelo.
“Take this Rosary, my dear Brother, and be sad no longer. This is a wreath of flowers that Our Lady loves much more than the wreaths you used to give her. When you pray the Rosary, every “Our Father” and every “Hail Mary” changes into a beautiful rose in Heaven. There, the angels gather them and weave them into a crown that they present to Our Lady. She is more pleased with these heavenly flowers because they are much more beautiful than the flowers on earth. And these flowers do not fade but bloom forever.”
Brother Angelo took the Rosary and kissed it. From that day, every day, as the sun began to set, the brothers saw him seated in the chapel before the statue of Our Lady, eyes fixed on her, fingers busy sliding the beads, and lips moving quietly. He was glad that he could once again make a daily wreath for his Queen in Heaven.

to be continued........

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World Daily News / Hurricane Matthew Lashes Florida
« on: October 07, 2016, 07:14:08 PM »
Hurricane Matthew Lashes Florida Amid Dire Warnings, 300,000 Lose Power

  US Prepares for Hurricane Matthew, Evacuations Underway

Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and torrential rain on Friday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power as those remaining in the storm's path were ordered to shelter in place.

The western eye wall of Matthew brushed by Cape Canaveral, home of the Kennedy Space Center, producing wind 115 mph gusts there at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

Drivers make their way on an empty highway prior to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Javier Galeano More than 300,000 people were already without power across the state of Florida.

A 17-foot wave was observed 20 Miles east of Cape Canaveral as the most intense section of the hurricane churned just offshore. Meteorologists warned of an imminent destructive storm surge in central Florida.

An 88-mph wind gust was recorded near Satellite Beach, just south of Cape Canaveral, the National Weather Service said.

The deadly storm is projected to run parallel to the coast of the Sunshine State as it tracks closer to land over the next two days, producing a potentially devastating storm surge of up to 10 feet over an expanded swath of coast that stretches from central Florida up into South Carolina. The potential for a destructive storm surge, coupled with up to 15 inches of rain expected in isolated spots, has officials fearing catastrophic flooding.

Forecasters in Jacksonville warned of "worst case storm surge scenario" and said "if a direct impact occurs this will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era" as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state Thursday night.

"This storm will kill you," Florida's Gov. Rick Scott said at a news conference this morning, urging that "the time is now" to evacuate ahead of the Category 4 storm.

"This is life and death," he said
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Residents eat at a school being used as a shelter while Hurricane Matthew approaches in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero As of this afternoon, about 3.1 million people are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in three states. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville warned residents that "catastrophic damage" is anticipated for coastal areas and areas along the St. John's River.

"Only a small deviation of the track to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of a major hurricane onshore within the hurricane warning area in Florida and Georgia," the National Weather Servuce said. "Modest deviations to the right could keep much of the hurricane-force winds offshore."

President Barack Obama, at Scott's request, declared an emergency in Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts. The move authorizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Obama also signed a state of emergency declaration for South Carolina and Georgia on Thursday.

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Others have echoed Obama's and Scott's urgency as the hurricane battered the Bahamas and strengthened over the warm waters of the Atlantic.

"The extreme winds of a major hurricane can do a lot of damage, and not just at the coast," Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center, told "Good Morning America."

"Those winds can penetrate inland, and that would be more so the case the closer it gets to the coast," he warned. "In addition to the wind, you have storm surge potential. People who have been told to evacuate. They need to get out this morning, right away, because time is running out fast. You don't want to be caught in the storm surge, which is the deadliest hazard of all."

The governors of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency. Officials in three of those states have urged coastal residents to head to safer ground as the most powerful Atlantic storm in more than a decade continued on its path along the coast.

Motorists clogged highways, homeowners boarded up windows, and anxious shoppers lined up at grocery stores and gas stations as they stocked up on emergency supplies in the threatened coastal areas.

Matthew caused major transportation disruptions for much of the U.S. More than 3,800 flights were canceled from Wednesday to Friday due to the storm's dangerous winds. Amtrak suspended services in the Southeast because of the severe weather. No alternate transportation will be provided, the railroad said.

Florida has about eight days worth of fuel for its citizens, Scott said, reminding them to "take only what you need."

Matthew's forecast track showed the hurricane making landfall or coming in close proximity of the shoreline on Friday afternoon.

If it makes landfall, Hurricane Matthew could be the strongest storm to hit the United States in more than a decade, ABC News meteorologists said.

"It is very rare to have a hurricane of this strength come this close or make landfall in the eastern part of central or northern Florida," meteorologist Max Golembo said.

After a briefing with his homeland security team at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Obama told reporters Hurricane Matthew is "a serious storm, and we want everybody to take it seriously as well."

"Just remember that you can always rebuild," he said. "You can always repair property. You cannot restore a life if it is lost, and we want to make sure that we minimize any possible loss of life or risk to people in these areas."

No other Atlantic storm on record has packed such powerful winds for such a prolonged period as Hurricane Matthew.

More than 377,000 people were evacuated in Cuba, according to the United Nations. And in Haiti, at least 350,000 people are in need of immediate assistance. There were reports of a powerful storm surge, violent winds and widespread flooding.


More than 300,000 customers lost power across the state as of Friday.

Hurricane warnings covered hundreds of miles of Florida's east coast from Boca Raton north to the state line, while forecasters said nearly the whole state can expect to see at least tropical-storm-force winds and rain. A major hurricane has not struck Florida in over a decade.

Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward counties canceled schools for the rest of the week as the governor deployed 2,500 National Guard troops to assist in storm preparations, with another 4,000 on standby. More than 1.5 million Floridians were ordered to evacuate.

"There is no reason not to evacuate," Scott told reporters. "No excuses. Get out."


In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered mandatory evacuations east of I-95, along the entire Georgia coast, which covers beach spots including Tybee Island and Brunswick.

"I also encourage the voluntary evacuation of residents in low-lying coastal areas west of I-95," Deal said in a prepared statement. "I urge Georgians in the affected areas to remain calm, be prepared and make informed, responsible decisions as we continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew's path."

Deal said that 125 miles of roadway have been made one-way routes to ease evacuations and that 65 National Guardsmen have been deployed to help with traffic. He said he hopes residents will heed the warnings.

About 522,000 people were urged to evacuate.

"We are being cautious, but we don’t want people to panic," he said at a press conference this afternoon. "I don't intend to prosecute anyone for not leaving. I think Mother Nature will take care of them."

Deal told reporters this evening, "This is not Southern hospitality we are inviting to Matthew -- we hope he leaves as soon as possible.”

South Carolina

In South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley announced plans for additional evacuations, bringing the total to about 1.1 million people ordered to move from coastal areas.

Residents in Charleston and Beauford counties and areas of Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Jasper counties were advised to begin evacuating Wednesday no later than 3 p.m. ET.

But she said not enough people are heeding the advisories. As of this morning, only 175,000 people had evacuated.

"We need more people evacuating," Haley said at news conference this morning.

Haley urged residents to "fuel up quickly" and stock up on supplies before gas stations, pharmacies and grocery stores close. Most of the state's public schools and government officers are shuttered for the remainder of the week.

"Residents that don't leave today will realize that nothing is open," she said.

North Carolina

In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for all of the state's 100 counties.

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