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MEDICAL GROUPS DARE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO CURB SMOKING AMONG THE YOUTH

Source: Department of Health

Medical groups challenged the new Administration of President-elect Noynoy Aquino to decisively act and prevent more youth from getting hooked to smoking addiction amid increasing efforts of the tobacco industry to storm the market with cigarette promotional activities in stores, concert & sports events and other entertainment circles.

In a statement issued to the media, the medical doctors belonging to the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) expressed their alarm over the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) released recently by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health.

“Our young generation will continue to be the hapless victims of the tobacco industry’s conscious efforts to lure them to smoking. They continue to bombard the stores with promotional materials, cigarette brand signages that are most accessible to our young’s near schools, malls and other major point-of-sale establishments,” said Dr. Eugene Ramos, PCP President.

Ramos cited the GATS results that show seven out of ten Filipinos aged 15 years old and above noticed cigarette advertisements. These were seen mostly in stores, posters, leaflets and calendars. About three in every ten Filipinos surveyed said they noticed pro-cigarette promotions in the form of brand names and cigarette logos in clothes.

“We call on our newly-elected President to support the efforts of the Department of Health to protect our children from the onslaught of tobacco promotions and advertisements. The Health Department needs to provide our children with health information that will effectively compete with the sophisticated marketing strategies of the tobacco industry,” said Dr. Abundio Balgos, PCCP President.

Balgos said the children need to be informed of the real consequences of smoking on their physical well-being and these are not effectively addressed in the existing health warning placed in cigarette packs.

The groups urged the DOH to provide more effective health information in cigarette packs because these are most accessible to tobacco users.

“In the marketing parlance, the youths are called ‘replacement smokers’ and they are the ones now being targeted by these tobacco companies. The battle against the tobacco industry for the hearts and minds of our children is tough and the government has no choice but to intervene on behalf of the health of the future generation,” said Balgos.

Filed under: Department of Health, Health Tips, Healthy Living, , ,

Facebook founder out to fix ‘a bunch of mistakes’

Source: Channel NewsAsia

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SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday said the social networking service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Zuckerberg issued a mea culpa in an email exchange with popular technology blogger Robert Scoble, who shared it at his website after purportedly getting Zuckerberg’s permission.

“I want to make sure we get this stuff right this time,” said a message attributed to Zuckerberg.

“I know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 26 years old on May 14, said Facebook would start talking publicly this week about privacy control modifications.

“We’ve been listening to all the feedback and have been trying to distill it down to the key things we need to improve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We’re going to be ready to start talking about some of the new things we’ve built this week.”

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics.

Facebook contended that members like new programmes rolled out at the California-based Internet hotspot but want easy ways to opt out of sharing personal information with third-party applications or websites.

Features introduced last month include the ability for partner websites to incorporate Facebook data, a move that would further expand the social network’s presence on the Internet.

Facebook has been under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, US lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.

– AFP/il

Filed under: Computer Matters, Internet Security, Social Network, Sorsogon News Updates,

DepEd to hire 10,000 additional teachers

By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT/Manila Bulletin

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said there will be additional teachers, textbooks, and facilities for almost 23 million students who will report to school on June 15.

Education Secretary Mona Valisno said 10,000 teachers will be hired this coming school year.

She also said that proposals were submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to support the salary of the newly hired teachers.

Valisno said the new hires will address past concerns of parents and students over the shortage of teachers.

According to DepEd, the nationwide average ratio of teachers to students in most public schools is 1:32 or one teacher to 32 students.

“There is still problem when it comes to lack of teachers but with this, we hope that we can somehow lessen the impact of that concern,” said Valisno.

Aside from the shortage in the number of teachers, the lack of textbooks was also addressed with the acquisition of almost six million new textbooks.

Valisno said the new books will be added to the existing 86 million textbooks now used by students.

“This is very important because we have to replace those that were destroyed by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,” she said.

The ratio of textbooks — Social Studies, English and Science — is already 1:1 or one textbook is to one student, she said.

“This year, we are hopeful that Filipino and Math books will also have the same ratio,” Valisno said.

Valisno also acknowledged that there are still problems when it comes to lack of classrooms.

“There is a problem when it comes to classrooms but I think additional buildings are still under construction,” she said.

When there are enough classrooms, Valisno believes that this will decrease the need for holding classes in shifts — from three to two—in a day.

The DepEd is also pushing for additional facilities such as toilets for every classroom.

Valisno said DepEd has allocated budget for these additional facilities.

“We are teaching the children hygiene such as washing their hands so it is only proper that they have these kinds of facilities available for their use,” she said.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

SERYE NIN PANANAKSAK NAEREHISTRO SA MGA BARAYLEHAN

By: SorsogonUnited/Rex Bolima-DZMS

‘Ibugtak sa tulak an pinaginom na bugsok na likido,’  ini an naging abiso kan Sorsogon Police provl office matapos na makapagrehistro nin nagkapirang insidente nin pananaksak sa mga baraylehan sa probinsya.

Sa impormasyon na narecibe kan DZMS, idinalagan kasubanggi sa Dr. Fernando Duran Sr. Memorial Hospital an sarong 15 anyos na lalaki matapos na magsuprer ini nin tama nin saksak sa walang parte kan saiyang likod. An biktima pinagbistong si Marlon Jano kan Brgy Guruyan Juban Sorsogon na nadamay sana sa nangyaring trouble sa laog nin sarong baraylehan.

Sa ibong na lado, nagsuprer man nin tama nin saksak an sarong 40-anyos na lalaki na si Doroteo Diaz kan Brgy Sisigon, Matnog, Sorsogon matapos na magsaway sa pambabastos sa sarong babaye sa laog nin sarong baraylehan sa banwaan kan Bulan kan nakalihis na aldaw.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

KAPAMILYA KAN BIKTIMA NIN PAGKAKALIGIS GADAN, DAE NAKIPAGAREGLO

By: SorsogonUnited/Rex Bolima-DZMS

Dae nakipag-areglo an mga kapamilya kan sarong personahe kan Bureau of Fire Protection na biktima nin pagkakaligis gadan kan nakalihis na Domingo. Ini makalihis na madfesisyon an misis kan biktimang si SFo1 Romolo Destajo, nasa tamang edad asin residnte kan Seabreeze Homes Subdv., Brgy Cabidan,  Sorsogon City na kasuhan nin reckless imprudence resulting to homicide an suspetsadong si Roberto ‘Bobby’ Labalan. Matatandaan na aksidenteng nabangga ni Labalan an pinagmamanehong motorsiklo ni Destajo mantang pinagbabaybay an kahalabaan kan Brgy Cabidan. Pinaglalaoman na ipapalowas sa ngonian na pagkaaldaw an mandamiembto de aresto kontra sa nasabi ng persona.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

REASON WHY WEDDING RINGS ARE WORN ON THE FOURTH FINGER

There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese Legend…

  • Thumb represents your Parents
  • Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings
  • Middle finger represents your-Self
  • Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner
  • the Last (Little) finger represents your children

First, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together – back to back .

Second, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb – tip to tip

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)…, they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.
Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)… ., they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.
Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)… ., they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.
Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT….., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives – through thick and thin!!
Please try this out…
ISN’T THIS A LOVELY THEORY?

Filed under: Belief & Tradition, Love, Courtship and Marriage,

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