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DAR – Sorsogon, pinagaganda pa ang serbisyo sa publiko

Upang matulungan ang mga mag-aaral at mananaliksik sa kanilang mga pag-aaral, inilunsad ng Department of Agrarian Reform Sorsogon ang kanilang bagong website, ang http://www.dar.gov.ph/sorsogon.

Ayon kay Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Roseller Olayres, sa pamamagitan ng bagong gawang website ng DAR Sorsogon, hindi na kailangan pang dumayo ng mga mag-aaral sa kanilang tanggapan sa Brgy. Balogo, Sorsogon City upang kumuha ng mga impormasyon at magresearch sapagkat maaari na nilang makita ang hinahanap nila sa internet. Ito rin aniya ang kanilang kasagutan sa mabilis na pagbabago ng teknolohiya ng makabagong henerasyon.

Sinabi ni Olayres na ilan sa mga datos na makikita dito ay ang kasaysayan ng DAR Sorsogon, ang organizational structure at provincial officers nito, accomplishment reports ng tanggapan at ang tatlong major components ng Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Makikita din ang DAR Ladies Association; Gender and Development; Human Resource Development; DAR Employees Association; President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program; Foreign Assisted Projects; mga kwento ng Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries; mga balita ng DAR at marami pang ibang idadagdag sa mga darating na araw.

Ayon pa kay Olayres maging sa mga kasapi ng media ay magiging madali na rin ang pagkalap ng mga impormasyon at pinakahuling balita sa pamamagitan ng news corner ng kanilang website.

Maging ang mga kasaysayan ng pagsisikap ng mga magsasaka na malabanan ang kahirapan ay maaari ding mabasa doon.

Sakali din aniyang may mga reaksyon o katanungan ay maaaring ipadala ang kanilang mensahe sa pamamagitan ng email address na nakalagay sa website at tinitiyak ng kanilang web team na makararating at sasagutan ito ng mga kinauukulan.

Sumailalim na rin sa review at assessment ang ang kanilang website kung kaya’t tiniyak ni Olayres na makapagbibigay ito ng komprehensibo at napapanahong impormasyon sa sinumang mangangailangan nito. (PIA Sorsogon/ ulat mula sa DAR Sorsogon)

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BFAR muling nagpaalala sa publiko na mag-ingat sa paralytic shellfish poisoning

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Malaki ang naging pasasalamat ng mga Sorsoganong nanginabang sa tulong medikal na inihandog ng Bicol Clinic Foundation nitong nakaraang buwan ng Mayo hanggang noong Biyernes, July 4.

Ayon sa ilang mga naging pasyente, nagagalak silang nabigyang pansin ang kalusugan ng mga mahihirap na residente sa pamamagitan ng medical mission na taunang isinasagawa dito ng mga dayuhang doktor.

Ayon naman kay James Fishelson, Vice President ng Bicol Clinic Foundation, dalawampu’t-dalawang mga dayuhang doktor na may kanya-kanyang field of specialization ang namalagi dito sa lungsod kung saan sinuri at ginamot nito ang halos isangdaa’t tatlumpong mga pasyenteng dumadayo sa kanilang klinika araw-araw.

Aniya, halos ay anim na taon na ring dumadayo ang mga american volunteer doctors na ito dito kung saan ginagamot nila ng libre ang anumang uring sakit na idinudulog sa kanila, mula minor hanggang serious cases.

Sinabi pa ni Fishelson na general outpatient care ang ibinibigay na serbisyo ng kanilang klinika sa Buenavista, Brgy. Rizal, Sorsogon City, ngunit, mayroon din aniya silang surgery, pre-natal at iba pang mga laboratory services, depende sa pangangailangan ng pasyente.

At kung sakaling hindi nila makaya dahilan sa kulang pa rin sila ng mga aparatus, nirerefer nila ang pasyente sa mga akreditadong ospital at nagbibigay din sila ng tulong pinansyal sa mga ito.

Ayon pa kay Fishelson, hangga’t may nakikita pa silang mga pasyenteng dapat na tulungan ay magpapatuloy ang gawain nila ng panggagamot. Ito aniya ang misyon ng kanilang foundation sa pangunguna ng kanilang founder at chairman na si Dr. Mich Schuster at ng Pilipinong kabiyak nito na si Marites Lacsa-Schuster na tubong Bulan, Sorsogon.

Sa kabuuang bilang ay umabot din sa mahigit tatlong libong mga pasyente ang natulungan sa loob ng halos ay dalawang buwang pamamalagi nila dito kung saan nakapagrefer din sila ng pasyente for kidney transplantation at nakapanggamot ng seryosong kaso ng tubercolusis with parasites.

Sa ngayon ay may dalawampung doctor specialists ang Bicol Clinic Foundation, maliban pa sa midwife, registered nurse at permanent staff na nakaditine sa kanilang klinika mula Lunes hanggang Sabado.

Patuloy din diumano ang kanilang koordinasyon sa city at provincial-LGU at maging sa Sorsogon Provincial Health Office upang higit pang mapataas ang kalidad ng kanilang serbisyong pangkalusugan sa mga Sorsoganon.

Balak din ng Bicol Clinic Foundation na bigyan ng personal hygiene activities at lecture ang kanilang mga pasyente at gawing full-grown hospital sa hinaharap ang kanilang klinika.

Dagdag pa ni Fishelson na nais din nilang ganyakin ang mga kabataan sa Amerika at maging dito sa Pilipinas na makibahagi sa pagtulong sa kapwa at kung maaari ay simulan na ito habang bata mga pa sila.

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DOLE to Launch Alliance with Bikol Media

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office in Bicol has announced the creation of an alliance with the local media here dubbed as DAMA-Bicol.

Alvin M. Villamor, DOLE-Bicol Regional Director said the DOLE & Media Alliance for Bicol codenamed “DAMA Bicol” is a pet project of the regional office that aims to improve the labor relations services of the office by forging a partnership with the tri-media in gathering labor complaints.

“Let’s accept the fact that even if we want to, we cannot visit every establishment in Bikol. We only have about 13 inspectors covering the entire region and clearly it will not be enough. DAMA is our solution,” Villamor explained.

The DAMA Project will give authority to radio, TV stations and other media outlets to receive labor complaints, whether anonymous or not, document it, and channel these complaints to the DOLE-Regional Office for appropriate action. Upon receiving the complaints, DOLE-Bicol will then send out an inspection team to the establishment for verification.

“This way, we will be saving on manpower and financial resources by going directly to the problematic establishment identified by the media rather than individually visiting each establishment like in a regular inspection. The response time will be much faster and the complaints will be accurate,” Villamor said.

DAMA will also address DOLE-Bicol’s stale-mate problem of having no complainant. Villamor relayed that in routine inspection, most of the time, the employees are hesitant to disclose information on their complaints or queries because of fear.

“The scenario is like this, we receive an anonymous complaint from the media, we go to the place then find nothing because the employees are afraid. With DAMA all this will be changed,” Villamor said.

For checks and balances and to eliminate prank complaints, DOLE-Bicol will provide a Two-fold Uniform Complaint Sheet Query Form, a.k.a TUSOC-Q, which will be accomplished by the mediaman who received the compliant and counter-signed by the media outlet’s station manager.

The TUSOC-Q form will contain the complaint details like cell phone number of complainants, establishment’s name, major complaint/query, time the complaint was received and if possible, name of the complainant.

“This TUSOC-Q of the DAMA will be like a motu-propio of a wage increase,” Villamor said.

The project is set to be launched on the second week of this month. (PNA)

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PATAKARAN NG PNP-SORSOGON PINAIGTING

Sa pagnanais ng Philippine National Police na patuloy na magkaroon ng respetadong imahen sa publiko, mahigpit ang utos ni Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Hereiberto Olitoquit sa mga tauhan nito na sundin ang tamang patakaran sa pagsusuot ng kanilang mga uniporme.

Ang kautusan ay bahagi pa rin ng patuloy na pagpupunyagi ng PNP na maging respetado sa tingin ng publiko ang mga unipormadong tauhan ng pamahalaan kabilang na rito ang pagpapatupad ng LOI TAMANG-BIHIS o ang tamang pagsusuot ng mga uniporme ng mga pulis lalo na sa panahon ng kanilang trabaho bilang mga serbidor ng bayan.

Ayon kay Olitoquit, bago pa man isabak sa trabaho ang mga pulis ay sumasailalim ito sa protocol orientation, kung kaya’t tiyak niyang alam ito ng sinumang pulis.

Dagdag pa ni Olitoquit na kinakailangang maayos tingnan ang suot na uniporme ng PNP partikular ang PNP GOA uniform habang nasa kani-kanilang trabaho ang mga ito.

Kinakailangan din aniyang maisapuso ng mga unipormadong pulis ang mga magagandang kaugalian ng isang Mama at Aleng Pulis tulad ng pagiging Maka-Diyos, Maaasahan, Madaling Lapitan at Makatao.

Samantala, sinabi ni Olitoquit na patuloy din ang pagpapatupad at pagsunod ng mga kapulisan dito ng Anti-Kotong campaign kung saan layon nitong huwag magkaroon ng korapsyon sa organisasyon ng PNP alinsunod na rin sa panawagan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Matatandaan ding matapos ang inagurasyon kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino ay agad ring ipinatupad ng PNP Sorsogon ang mga patakaran at tamang paggamit ng wangwang o sirena ng mga behikulo nito.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal wala din silang naitatalang umaabuso sa paggamit ng sirena o wangwang dito sa lalawigan. (PIA Sorsogon)

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BMGMMT is 2010 Saringaya Awardee

Ms. Irma Guhit (2nd from right of the Philippine InformationAgency – Sorsogon and a member of the Bacon-Manito Geothermal Multipartite Monitoring Team (BMGMMT) receives Saringaya Award trophy and plaque from DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin MarcusFragada (2nd from left) and EMB Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales during the culmination program of the 2010 Environment Month celebration held last week at the Casablanca Hotel in Legazpi City. Others in photo are PENR Officer (PENRO) Oscar Dominguez (left) and an unidentified lady member of the BMGMMT. The Saringaya Award (Special Category) was bestowed on the BMGMMT in recognition of its “outstanding performance as an operational multi-Partite Monitoring Team through the formulation and adaptation of Manual of Operation which ensures the judicious compliance to sound environmental management systems of Energy Development Corporation and NPC—Bacon-Manito Geothermal Power Plant and Bac-Man Airshed”.(ASA, DENR/PIA Sorsogon)

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Wildfire sa Mt. Bulusan

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Mahigit isang ektaryang bahagi na ng Bundok Bulusan ang naapektuhan kaugnay ng naganap na wild fire doon kahapon.

Ayon kay Philip Bartilet, pangulo ng Aggrupation of Advocates for Environmental Protection, Inc. o AGAP-Bulusan, sa impormasyon ng kanilang forest guards, halos ay mag-iisang lingo nang may nakikitang usok sa isang bahagi ng bundok, subalit kahapon nga lang ito sumiklab.

Apektado ng nasabing sunog ang isang bahagi ng bundok na sakop ng Brgy. San Francisco sa Bulusan, Sorsogon.

Sinabi ni Bartilet na masyadong masukal ang lugar kung kaya’t nahirapan ang kanilang mga forest guards na akyatin ang lugar.

Subalit, sa agaran namang aksyon ng mga tauhan ng Department of Natural Resources, Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, LGU Bulusan, AGAP-Bulusan, ang NGO na nagmamantini sa kaayusan ng Bulusan Volcano Natural Park at ng PINAGSAMA, isang people’s organization doon, ay nakapaglagay sila ng fire line upang mapigilan ang paglawak pa ng perwisyo ng sunog.

Sa kasalukuyan ay patuloy pa ang mga awtoridad sa pag-iimbestiga ng posibleng sanhi ng naganap na sunog sa bundok, subalit hindi rin nila isinasantabi ang posibilidad na maaaring nagmula ito sa ilang mga residente na kumukuha ng mga pukyutan sa bundok ng Bulusan.

Maliban sa mga likas na kayamanan ng bundok na nasunog ay wala namang naitalang nasugatan o di kaya’y namatay sa naganap na insidente.

Kaninang umaga ay muling tumulak ang grupo ng PDCC upang gawin ang follow-investigation at iba pang aksyong kailangan upang hindi na maulit ang kahalintulad na pangyayari.

Ang lugar na naapektuhan ay hindi kabilang sa dinaraanan ng mga mountain climbers ng Bundok Bulusan.

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Sorsogon, positibo na naman sa red tide

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Matapos ang ilang buwan ng pamamahinga ng red tide sa Sorsogon Bay, muli na namang naging positibo sa paralytic shellfish poisoning ang mga shellfish na makukuha sa look ng Sorsogon dahilan sa red tide.

Ayon sa pinakahuling update ng BFAR na nakasaad sa Shellfish Bulletin N0. 15 na may petsang July 8, 2010, muli na namang naging positibo sa redtide toxin ang Sorsogon Bay ditto sa lungsod ng Sorsogon batay na rin sa tatlong magkakasunod na resulta ng kanilang pagsusuri.

Kaugnay nito muling ipinagbabawal ang pagkuha, pagbibyahe at pagkain ng mga shellfish partikular ang tahong mula sa katubigan ng Sorsogon Bay.

Samantala, nananatili namang positibo sa paralytic shellfish poisoning ang mga sumusunod na katubigan sa bansa: Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay sa Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; at Murcielagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte at Misamis Occidental.

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Turn Mealtime Into Family Time Tips

(PIA – Sorsogon)

Having mealtime as a family is probably one of the easiest and most important activities you can do to promote healthy eating.
Surprised? I know it sounds too easy; but honestly, sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the most important. Kids are little sponges and they are learning and forming their nutrition habits throughout the day. During mealtime kids learn about foods and their parent’s food preferences.
Children are starting to form lifelong associations with food (positive or negative) and their own food choices (what they “like” and what they “don’t like”).
Here are some easy tips and guidelines to help you turn mealtime into fun family time.
✰ Pick one meal a day that works for the whole family.
✰ If your schedules don’t allow you to eat as a family every day, then pick one day a week to start. That’s ok.
✰ Gradually add another day until you are having one meal a day as a family.
✰ Set a time for family meals. This makes it easier for everyone to plan their schedules.
✰ Eat together at the table. It’s easier to talk to each other when you are face to face.
✰ During mealtime, focus on each other by turning off the TV, cell phones and even iPods.
✰ Keep mealtime a fun time for the family to catch up and share their day.
✰ Parents and older siblings can be a great role model for good eating habits.
✰ Keep it fun. Kids can make name cards for their seats.
✰ Keep meals from lasting too long. If your child gets fussy, let them be excused and take their plate to the sink.
✰ Introduce one new food item at least 3 times a week.
With set meal times and a fun family experience, kids will look forward to eating together as a family while learning about healthy eating.

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AKTIBIDAD SA NUTRITION MONTH SINIMULAN NA

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Isa sa mga ipinagdiriwang ngayong Hulyo ay ang buwan ng Nutrisyon.

Sa pangunguna ng Provincial Nutrition Committee ng tanggapan ng gobernador ng Sorsogon, Hunyo a-trenta pa lamang ay sinimulan na ang paglalagay ng streamers ng ilang mga ahensya na sumusuporta sa programang pangkalusugan ng pamahalaan na nagsasaad ng kaukulang impormasyon sa pagdiriwang ng 2010 Nutrition Month celebration.

May temang “Healthy Lifestyle ng Kabataan, Landas sa Kinabukasan”, sinabi ni Provincial Nutrition Committee Chair Grace Jardin na binibigyang tuon ng selebrasyon ang nutrisyon at pangkalusugang pangangailangan ng mga bata at kabataan.

Noong Biyernes ay nagkaroon ng pulong ang mga Nutrition Action Officers ng bawat munisipyo at lungsod dito na nilahukan ng labing-anim na mga representante.

Sa darating na Hulyo a-kinse naman ay isang patimpalak sa nutrisyon para sa labin-limang mga Barangay Nutrition Scholars ang isasagawa sa Training Hall ng lungsod.

Sinabi ni Jardin na on-going din ang gagawin nilang pagbibigay ng refresher course sa siyamnapu’t-dalawang mga midwives at Barangay Nutrition Scholars at advocacy meeting sa dalawampu’t-limang Municipal Nutrition Council members sa buong lalawigan.

Partikular din aniya nilang tututukan ang uri ng mga pagkaing inihahanda hindi lamang sa iba’t-ibang mga canteen dito kung saan kumakain ang mga estudyante at manggagawa at ang pagpapaigting pa sa kamalayan ng publiko ukol sa healthy lifestyle.

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JULY 2010 MARKS THE 36TH YEAR OF NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION … LOCAL NUTRITION COUNCIL CALLS PUBLIC FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

The Provincial Nutrition Committee here under the office of the Governor has lined up activities as part of the celebration of Nutrition Month this July.

Topping the list is the massive nutrition information dissemination activity to some 300 target government employees as well as monitoring and advocacy meeting to almost a hundred Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Councils across the province.

Concerned agencies supporting the government’s health agenda has also started installing streamers since June 30 highlighting the 2010 Nutrition Month Celebration and its theme.

With the theme “Healthy Lifestyle ng Kabataan, Landas sa Kinabukasan”, Provincial Nutrition Committee Chair Grace Jardin said that the 36th year of nutrition month celebration will give emphasis on the nutrition and health needs of adolescents and children.

Jardin said that a refresher course on World Health Organization – Child Growth Standard will likewise be conducted to ninety-two midwives and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Sorsogon. The course aimed to orient the health frontline workers in the province on the key features of the new child growth standards.

“Last Friday, a conference for Nutrition Action Officers has been successfully conducted with the Provincial Nutrition Council as the lead agency,” she added.

“Likewise, a cooking contest on complimentary foods comes July 15, will also stir up the creativity of our Barangay Nutrition Scholars specifically on preparing food that will assure proper nutrition among our growing children and at the same time promotes the utilization of indigenous but healthy products,” she also said.

Jardin further said that in partnership with other agencies along with the municipal and barangay LGUs, the public’s awareness on healthy lifestyle will also be intensified by providing them information on healthy living habits as well as activities that will promote non-sedentary lifestyle and longevity.

It can be noted that Section 7 of Presidential Decree No. 471 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to generate awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.

Since then and under the leadership of the National Nutirion Council (NNC), Nutrition Month has been celebrated nationwide at the barangay, municipal, city, provincial and regional levels, with the support of many public and private individuals and using trimedia approaches.

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AGAWAN SA KOMETIBA SA CITY COUNCIL, KINOMPIRMAR

Pinaglalaoman an pagkakaigwa nin borotohan sa aga kan mga miembro kan sanggunian panlunsod para sa pamamayo kan nagkapirang kometiba. Ini makalihis na kompirmaron ni konsehal nestor baldon kan west district na nagaagawan sa ngonian an naglapirang konsehal tanganing makapotan an sarong kometiba kan SP. Sa intrebista kan dzms sinabi ni Baldo, partikular na pinagaagawan an committee on agriculture. Matatandaan na enot ng naglataw an pangaran ni konsehal Eniego Destacamento kan Bacon district alagad biglang nagsulpot an pangaran kan bagitong si Aldin Ayo. Dahilan kaini, kinakaipuhan na ipresentar kan dowa an saindang mga rason sa atubangan kan mga kapwa konsehal kon nata dapat sinda an magkapot kan siring na kometiba. Sa aga an kaenot enoteng session na gigibohon kan mga bagong miembro kan SP sa bagong legislative building kan mga ini sa may city hall annex.

via REX BIEN BOLIMA: AGAWAN SA KOMETIBA SA CITY COUNCIL, KINOMPIRMAR.

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SORSOGON-RED TIDE UPDATES

SORSOGON PROVINCE (July 6) – Samantala, sa pinakahuling update ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, nananatiling ligtas ang Sorsogon Bay sa lason ng red tide kung kaya’t ligtas ding kainin ang lahat ng mga lamang-dagat na makukuha mula dito.

Maging ang lamang-dagat sa Juag Lagoon sa bayan ng Matnog ay ligtas din sa paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Ayon sa shellfish bulletin no. 14 ng BFAR na may petsang June 25, 2010, ang mga shellfish na lamang sa mga sumusunod na katubigan sa bansa ang positibo sa paralytic shellfish poisoning: Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay sa Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; at Murcielagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte at Misamis Occidental.

via  Philippine Information Agency: RED TIDE UPDATES.

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JULY 2010 MARKS THE 36TH YEAR OF NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION … LOCAL NUTRITION COUNCIL CALLS PUBLIC FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

SORSOGON CITY (July 6) – The Provincial Nutrition Committee here under the office of the Governor has lined up activities as part of the celebration of Nutrition Month this July.

Topping the list is the massive nutrition information dissemination activity to some 300 target government employees as well as monitoring and advocacy meeting to almost a hundred Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Councils across the province.

Concerned agencies supporting the government’s health agenda has also started installing streamers since June 30 highlighting the 2010 Nutrition Month Celebration and its theme.

With the theme “Healthy Lifestyle ng Kabataan, Landas sa Kinabukasan”, Provincial Nutrition Committee Chair Grace Jardin said that the 36th year of nutrition month celebration will give emphasis on the nutrition and health needs of adolescents and children.

Jardin said that a refresher course on World Health Organization – Child Growth Standard will likewise be conducted to ninety-two midwives and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Sorsogon. The course aimed to orient the health frontline workers in the province on the key features of the new child growth standards.

“Last Friday, a conference for Nutrition Action Officers has been successfully conducted with the Provincial Nutrition Council as the lead agency,” she added.

“Likewise, a cooking contest on complimentary foods comes July 15, will also stir up the creativity of our Barangay Nutrition Scholars specifically on preparing food that will assure proper nutrition among our growing children and at the same time promotes the utilization of indigenous but healthy products,” she also said.

Jardin further said that in partnership with other agencies along with the municipal and barangay LGUs, the public’s awareness on healthy lifestyle will also be intensified by providing them information on healthy living habits as well as activities that will promote non-sedentary lifestyle and longevity.

It can be noted that Section 7 of Presidential Decree No. 471 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to generate awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.

Since then and under the leadership of the National Nutirion Council (NNC), Nutrition Month has been celebrated nationwide at the barangay, municipal, city, provincial and regional levels, with the support of many public and private individuals and using trimedia approaches. (Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

via Philippine Information Agency: JULY 2010 MARKS THE 36TH YEAR OF NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION … LOCAL NUTRITION COUNCIL CALLS PUBLIC FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

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iPhone-Tech firms aim to keep wayward walkers on path

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Todd Atwood says he doesn’t worry too much about accidents when walking down the street using his iPhone to make calls, send text messages or check his e-mail.

But he’s seen the consequences of paying more attention to the gadget than what’s ahead.

“I saw someone walk right into a sign,” recalled the 32-year-old Silicon Valley resident. “She didn’t hurt herself but she was startled. She dropped her phone, then her friends starting laughing at her. It was funny but I guess it could’ve been more serious.”

While using a cell phone while driving has triggered the most alarm bells and prompted laws in several states, experts say, pedestrians are also suffering the consequences of mobile distraction — tripping on curbs, walking into traffic, even stepping into manholes as they chat or type while walking.

To help these sidewalk stumblers step out more safely, technology companies are now stepping in, creating applications that do everything from make a smartphone screen transparent to transform speech into text.

Whether the technologies will prevent injuries and embarrassment remains to be seen, they are being welcomed as a move in the right direction.

“I don’t think we’re going to eliminate people from walking into things outright and of course we want people to be responsible, but what we’re trying to do is eliminate the friction point … and give the user back a little mental bandwith,” said Travis Bogard, the executive director for product management and strategy at San Francisco-based Aliph, which makes bluetooth earpieces.

Aliph’s Jawbone earpiece incorporates voice-to-text technology which eliminates the need to glance down at the keypad to send an e-mail or text message. It also has caller ID that speaks to the wearer so he or she doesn’t have to pick up the phone to see who is calling and a function that allows wearers to call up their contacts using their voice rather than fingers.

“All of this gets rid of the need to touch your phone, which causes your eyes to move away from what’s in front of you,” Bogard said.

Other programs also on the market aim to make it easier to type while walking. They tap into a smartphone’s camera to beam an image of what’s in front of the user over the message screen so typers can see what’sahead. They include Text Vision, Type n Walk and Email ‘n Walk.

“See-through screens, yes, would solve part of the problem,” said Clifford Nass, a professor of communications at Stanford University and one of the authors of a study on multitasking. “But there’s still a second problem, which has to do with engagement of the brain.”

Same goes with voice-to-text technology, Nass said.

“It can help a little bit but the fundamental problem is that we’re stuck with brains that can’t do all that much when we’re doing other things,” he said.

Two years ago, the American College of Emergency Physicians issued an alert warning of the dangers of text messaging while walking, driving, biking and in-line skating based on anecdotal evidence from physicians.

Manhattan physician Mark Melrose said he’s seen his share of near-misses on the city’s busy sidewalks and heard of bad accidents.

“A personal friend almost walked right into a manhole while looking at her phone,” he said. “Another friend was actually run over by a bike messenger. She wasn’t paying attention, walked into the street and the bike messenger walloped her.”

An Ohio State University analysis found that for the past few years, the number of emergency room visits resulting from pedestrian cell phone accidents has doubled year-on-year. The study showed that in 2008, just over 1,000pedestrians visited emergency rooms for injuries like walking into a pole while texting or spraining an ankle after falling down while talking on a cell phone.

Jack Nasar, a professor of city and regional planning who supervised the study by his graduate student, Derek Troyer, said there were likely even more accidents that were never reported because people won’t admit that’s how they were injured or the injuries didn’t warrant a hospital visit.

“The bottom line is that you’re phased out, less aware when you’re looking at a phone,” he said.

Peter Loeb, an economist at Rutgers University who studied the effect of cell phones on pedestrian fatalities, said cell phones can actually keep people safer because they get ambulances to the scene faster.

But, his study also concluded that once a certain number of phones exist in the market, the benefit disappears.

“As more and more people use cell phones, the distraction effect is overwhelming,” Loeb said.

Exacerbating that is texting, which has grown exponentially in recent years. The wireless industry association CTIA reported that the number of text messages sent by its members’ customers increased from 32.6 billion in the first six months of 2005 to 740 billion in the first six months of 2009.

At least two states, New York and Illinois, have considered laws limiting the use of personal electronic devices by pedestrians but no bills have been passed.

Most lawmakers and experts agree that Big Brothering the sidewalks is impractical. They instead encourage public outreach and see promise in the technological innovations, including ones that don’t involve phones themselves, such as special crosswalk lights to grab walkers’ attention better.

“For pedestrians, it’s primarily themselves that they put at risk, not others, so that does separate this from driving,” said state Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, who sponsored California’s hands-free driving law. “At some point, however, we do have to accept personal responsibility.”

Read more via: http://www.ushour.com/tech-firms-aim-to-keep-wayward-walkers-on-path/

Filed under: Mobile Technology, New Ideas, New Invention, Technology,

A Glass of Milk

Glass with Milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.

She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said….. “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the nameof the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval.

He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read these words…..

Paid in full with one glass of milk

(Signed)
Dr. Howard Kelly

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Sorsogon News Updates,

Fil-Ams hail Obama’s immigration reform speech

Filipino-American groups have hailed a major policy speech of US President Barack Obama calling for reforms on the country’s immigration laws that should include a mechanism for the legalization of undocumented immigrants.

“We support the call for a practical, common sense approach to our broken immigration system that both secures the borders and establishes a path to legalization,” said Arnedo Valera of Migrant Heritage Commission.

“The Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be founded on fairness and social justice rooted on American values,” he added.

The National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) also said they are “heartened” by Obama’s speech, saying Filipinos will be among those who will benefit from immigration reforms.

“Filipinos have the longest waiting time for petitions to be approved and are thus adversely affected by protracted delays in visa processing,” said NaFFAA national chairperson Greg Macabenta.

Illegal immigrants in the US have now reached 11 million, according to Obama.

In his speech delivered last Thursday at the American University in Washington, D.C., Obama asked Congress to improve US’ immigration system, which he described as “fundamentally broken” and “painful.”

Obama acknowledged the various economic contributions of immigrants, making US the world’s “engine of global economy and a beacon of hope.”

However, he described in the same speech as “unwise and unfair” the proposals of some groups to either provide immigrants with legal status or at least put a stop to deportation while waiting for a better law to be passed.

“Our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship. And no matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these laws should be held accountable,” Obama said.

Critics, however, described Obama’s speech as significant but lacking in specific policy proposals.

Discrimination

Valera said the current immigration system promotes discrimination against members of ethnic groups, and leaves undocumented migrants vulnerable to illegal recruiters and unfair labor practices.

“A comprehensive immigration reform now is an effective response to the phenomenon of global migration and the current global economic crisis. Human beings are our resources to build a great nation,” Valera said.

He added that undocumented immigrants seeking better lives for themselves and their children in the US likewise bear the brunt of a flawed immigration system.

Macabenta also notes that many Filipino World War II veterans who had filed petitions for their children have passed away, thus voiding their petitions and depriving their children of immigration benefits.

Proposed immigration bills include a provision exempting eligible children of Filipino veterans from such limitations and expediting their visa applications.

“We need to keep raising our voices loudly and demand moral leadership on this critical issue. We must remind America that we are a nation of immigrants, that regardless of where we came from and how we came here, our shared values strengthen and enrich America’s culture and global standing,” added NaFFAA national vice chairperson Rozita Lee. – JA/KBK, GMANews.TV

By JOSEPH LARIOSA, GMANews.TV

via: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/195212/fil-ams-hail-obamas-immigration-reform-speech

Filed under: Pinoy Migration, Sorsoganon Everywhere

‘UEA, Qatar, Oman OFW entry points to Afghanistan, Iraq’

Unscrupulous recruitment agencies in the country have been continuously deploying Filipino workers not only in war-torn Afghanistan but also in Iraq, a migrant rights’ group disclosed.

Migrante-Middle East regional director John Monterona also claimed that overseas Filipino workers are being sent to these countries despite the deployment ban by the Philippine government using the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman as entry points.

“We have been receiving reports that Overseas Employment Certificate have been issued even to those who are using tourist visa and visit visa entering the UAE, Qatar and Oman as entry point going to Afghanistan and Iraq; this is highly irregular,” Monterona said.

As this developed, Monterona has reiterated their call to the government to review the country’s labor export program.

“We reiterate our call to the Aquino government to start creating local jobs with decent pay and benefits, initiate a reasonable across-the-board wage increase for the wage-earners to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the deployment of OFWs in war-torn countries,” he added.

By Dennis Carcamo

via: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=590533&publicationSubCategoryId=200

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs,

OFWs have to wait for jobs at home — DOLE

Overseas Filipino workers would have to wait a while before government can generate enough decent jobs for them to come home, the country’s new labor chief said over the weekend.

For now, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III ordered to increase protection for OFWs in their host countries, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on government-run dzRB radio.

“Bagamat ang layunin mag-create ng bagong jobs sa ating bansa at magkaroon ng maayos na hanapbuhay, maaaring ‘di agad mangyari ‘yan. Sa ating kababayang nasa ibang bansa na nagtatrabaho at magtatrabaho, mas malawak na proteksyon gustong makita ni Pangulong Aquino (While the intention is to create new jobs in the country – to have decent jobs – this may not happen immediately. For our compatriots working abroad and those planning to work overseas, President Aquino wants to see increased protection.),” Baldoz said.

The Labor Department and other government offices still need to lay down the groundwork to generate more jobs at home, she said.

Aquino, in his inaugural speech on Wednesday, promised to generate more jobs at home leveling the playing field to encourage more investments so that Filipinos need not go abroad for jobs that pay better.

“We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance, to business,” the President said.

“Layunin nating paramihin ang trabaho dito sa ating bansa upang hindi na kailangan ang mangibang-bansa para makahanap ng trabaho (Our goal is to generate enough jobs so Filipinos need not go abroad to find work),” he added.

In the meantime, he ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – previously headed by Baldoz – to address the concerns of OFWs. —VS, GMANews.TV 


By: JERRIE ABELLA, GMANews.TV

via: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/195185/ofws-have-to-wait-for-jobs-at-home-dole

Filed under: Government, Jobs, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Fire razes firefighter’s house in Sorsogon

While he had helped save lives and homes from fires, a Bicol-based fireman was helpless as he watched a fire destroy his house before dawn Saturday.

Leopoldo Cariño lost his belongings in the fire believed caused by a candle left unattended, according to a report on Bombo Radyo.

The report cited initial information from the Bicol police regional office that the fire started at 4:30 a.m. in South Poblacion village in Juban town.

Arson investigators estimated the damage to property at P1.1 million.

The local Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire razed the entire house. — LBG, GMANews.TV


via: http://www8.gmanews.tv/story/195146/report-fire-razes-firefighters-house-in-sorsogon

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Wife carrying competition

It may seem like a joke, but wife carrying competition is a serious tradition in Finland. The practice comes from an early tribal practice of wife stealing. Sacks of rye have been swapped with wives, as the relay race is modeled after the work of 1800’s bandit leader Ronkainen, who screened wannabe robbers by testing how they faired racing with sacks.

The tradition has gone global. Couples from 14 countries, including the US, Britain, China, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, and Kenya, competed in this weekend’s Wife Carrying World Championships. A husband from Estonia won the big prize — his wife’s weight in beer!

Source:  http://www.tressugar.com/Finnish-Culture-101-Traditional-Wife-Carrying-1761542

To see video of the competition,

Read more via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife_carrying

Filed under: Jokes & Humor, Sorsogon News Updates, Sports

Number of jobless Filipino nurses increasing

MANILA, Philippines – Richard Palikpik was one of the 92,000 nursing graduates who took the licensure examinations on Saturday.

Palikpik said he spent the last 3 months reviewing for the exam.

“Ayaw namin bumaba pa ang aming rating para hindi rin bumaba ang tingin ng ibang bansa sa amin,” he said.

But according to an official of the Review Center Association of the Philippines (RECAP), failing in the exams should be the least of the nursing graduates’ concerns.

“Ang pinakamahirap ay ang maghanap ng trabaho. Madali lang naman pumasa,” said Dr. Carl Balita, vice-president of RECAP.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), there are 187,000 unemployed nurses in the country today. They can’t find work because there are no vacancies in hospitals, it added.

Lack of work experience also prevents them from seeking jobs abroad like in the United States and Britain.

That is why Jen Palmero, who took the exams, said she would accept any work abroad even as a caregiver with lower salary.

“Caregiver is okay,” she said. “Related naman.”

For the PRC, it will be a waste of manpower if the government continues to allow nurses to work abroad as caregivers or nursing assistants.

Nursing graduates, meanwhile, called on the new administration to increase the plantilla positions of nurses in government hospitals to accommodate new nurses.

by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News

via: http://tinyurl.com/3a7uhm3

Filed under: Government, Jobs, Overseas Jobs,

DFA airs concern on rising OFW drug cases

By MADEL R. SABATER/Manila Bulletin

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expressed concern on Saturday on Filipinos continuously being used as “drug mules” following the recent arrest of three Filipinas in Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the Philippine Consulate-General (PCG) in Macau, a Filipina was arrested last June 26 for allegedly smuggling almost one kilogram of drugs hidden in three pairs of sports shoes in her luggage.

Consul-General to Macau Renato Villapando said the DFA is concerned with the increasing number of Filipinos serving sentences in Macau for drug trafficking. Currently, 17 Filipinos are detained in Macau.

He stressed that the DFA will help the Filipina who was recently caught in Macau for alleged drug trafficking.

In Hong Kong, two Filipinas were also arrested in separate occasions for alleged drug trafficking.

The first of the two Filipinas was arrested last June 2 at the Hong Kong International Airport after authorities allegedly found 1,040 grams of heroin hidden inside the soles of three pairs of shoes in her suitcase. The estimated street value of the drugs was HK$930,000 or US$119,500.

The second Filipina was arrested last June 24 for taking in 876 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of HK$780,000 (US$100,300). She is currently confined at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and will later be taken for custodial remand to the Tai Lam Center for Women.

“The Consulate-General will ensure that these Filipinas will have legal representation in all their court appearances and will continue to monitor their cases,” Philippine Consul-General to Hong Kong Claro Cristobal said.

It will be recalled that the DFA has been warning Filipinos against becoming drug couriers.

In China, drug trafficking of 50 grams or more of illegal drugs is punishable by 15 years in prison, life imprisonment, or death. In Muslim countries, drug trafficking is punishable by death, according to Shariah law.

via: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/265013/dfa-airs-concern-rising-ofw-drug-cases

Filed under: DFA-advisory, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

OFWs muling pinaalalahanan na igalang ang batas sa KSA

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Sa pagkalat ng electronic mails sa Pinoy communities sa bansang ito na nagbibigay babala tungkol sa ilegal na mga gawain, muling nanawagan ang mga opisyal ng Pilipinas sa mga overseas Filipino worker (OFW) na sundin ang batas at kultura sa KSA.

Kabilang sa nakasaad sa kumakalat na email ay tungkol sa umano’y pagkakahuli kamakailan sa 23 bakla na naaktuhang naka-make-up at kumikilos na parang babae.

Nakasaad din sa email ang babala laban sa pagsasama-sama ng mga babae at lalaki sa isang lugar na hindi naman mag-asawa o magkamag-anak. Tanging magkapamilya lamang ang pinapayagan ng awtoridad sa KSA na magsama sa ibang bahay.

Ayon pa sa babala, nagpakalat ang awtoridad ng mga ahenteng iba ang nasyunalidad upang isumbong ang mga dayuhan sa kanilang bansa na sangkot sa bawal na relasyon at maging ang mga gumagamit o sangkot sa pagkakalat ng ilegal na droga.

Bagamat hindi pa nakukumpirma ng konsulado ang tungkol sa kumakalat na email, pinayuhan ni Philippine Consul General Ezzedin Tago ang mga Pilipino doon na mas makabubuting umiwas sa mga ilegal na gawain upang hindi mapahamak.

Binigyan-diin ng opisyal na dapat isipin ng mga OFW na wala na sila sa Pilipinas kung saan mas malaya ang makipagrelasyon at maituturing mas maluwag ang batas.

Idinagdag ni Tago na dapat alalahanin ng mga Pinoy na nasa Saudi na may parusang kapalit kapag napatunayang sangkot sila gawaing “immoral” na magiging dahilan para mauwiin sila Pilipinas matapos makulong at posibleng malatigo.

“Concerned kami sa mga naririnig naming report tungkol sa dumaraming pag-aresto dahil may mga involve yung usual na inuman o party, party. We just want you all to be safe to enjoy yung pag-stay niyo sa Saudi Arabia para matulungan niyo ang mga pamilya niyo,” ayon sa opisyal.

Ganoon din ang naging pahayag ng Philippine Vice Consul Roussel Reyes na umaasang hindi totoo ang kumakalat na balita kaugnay sa panibagong kaso ng pagdakip sa mga Pinoy.

Sinabi nito na magsasagawa sila ng beripikasyon tungkol sa ulat kasabay din ng paalala niya sa mga Pilipino sa KSA na huwag gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi naaayon sa batas ng bansang kinalalagyan nila.

“Iba pa rin yung nagtatrabaho tayo nang maayos para sa ating mga mahal sa buhay na nasa Pilipinas. Kaya irespeto po natin ang kanilang batas, kultura at alituntunin,” pahayag ni Reyes.

Kinondena naman ni Ernie Apollo, isang OFW, ang mga kababayan na gumagawa ng labag sa batas ng KSA na nagiging dahilan para madamay umano ang mga Pinoy na maayos na nagtatrabaho doon.

“Iwasan na ang ganong klaseng problema para hindi naman nadadamay ang mga lehitimong mag-asawa sa ganoong pangyayari. Kasi ang pagkakamali ng isa, lahat ay hagip na naman pati ang legal na Filipino couples,” aniya.

Samantala, may ilan ding nakakakita ng magandang resulta sa paghihigpit ng awtoridad sa KSA lalo na ang mga Pinoy na natutukso at pumapasok sa bawal na relasyon.

Ayon kay Emma Avelino, tubong Mandaluyong, at anim na taon nang nagtatrabaho sa Saudi, magandang balita ito lalo na sa mga naiwang asawa sa Pilipinas dahil hindi na makakapagloko ang mga asawang nasa abroad.

Nanawagan din ang pinuno ng Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) Riyadh Chapter na si Ronnie Ulip, na ayusin ng mga OFW ang kanilang buhay sa KSA at labanan ang matinding kalungkutan na malayo sa pamilya.

“Marami pong mga OFW ang napapahamak dahil sa kagagawan ng iba nating mga pasaway na kababayan. Kaya iwasan po natin gumawa ng mga bagay na pagsisisihan natin sa huli,” payo ni Ulip. – Ronaldo Concha, GMANews.TV

via: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/195166/ofws-muling-pinaalalahanan-na-igalang-ang-batas-sa-ksa?utm_source=GMANews.TV&utm_medium=facebook

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

SMART KID

Just wanna share with u guys..a joke that I received thru email today. titled  “SMART KID”

A first-grade teacher, Ms. Cruz was having trouble with one of her students the teacher asked,”Boy, what is your problem?”

Boy answered, “I’m too smart for the first-grade. My sister is in the third-grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the third-grade too!”

Ms. Cruz had enough. She took Boy to the principal’s office. While Boy waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Cruz he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the first-grade and behave. She agreed.

Boy was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Boy: “9″.

Principal: “What is 6 x 6?”

Boy: “36″.

And so it went with every question the principal thought a third-grade should know. The principal looks at Ms. Cruz and tells her, “I think Boy can go to the third-grade.”

Ms. Cruz says to the principal, “I have some of my own questions.

Can I ask him ?” The principal and Boy both agree.

Ms. Cruz asks, “What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?

Boy, after a moment “Legs.”

Ms. Cruz: “What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?”

Boy: “Pockets.”

Ms. Cruz: What starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin whitish liquid?

Boy: Coconut

Ms. Cruz: What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky? The principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer, Boy was taking charge.

Boy: Bubblegum

Ms. Cruz: What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs? The principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer…

Boy: Shake hands

Ms. Cruz: Now I will ask some “Who am I” sort of questions, okay?

Boy: Yep.

Ms. Cruz: You stick your poles inside me. You tie me down to get me up. I get wet before you do.

Boy: Tent

Ms. Cruz: A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you’re bored. The best man always has me first. The Principal was looking restless, a bit tense and took one large Patiala Vodka peg.

Boy: Wedding Ring

Ms. Cruz: I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I drip. When you blow me, you feel good.

Boy: Nose

Ms. Cruz: I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a quiver.

Boy: Arrow

Ms. Cruz: What word starts with a ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means lot
of heat and excitement?

Boy: Firetruck

Ms. Cruz: What word starts with a ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ & if u dont get it u have to use ur hand.

Boy: Fork

Ms. Cruz: What is it that all men have one of it’s longer on some men than on others, the pope doesn’t use his and a man gives it to his wife after they’re married?

Boy: SURNAME

Ms. Cruz: What part of the man has no bone but has muscles, has lots of veins, like pumping, & is responsible for making love ?

Boy: HEART.

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and said to the teacher, “Send this Boy to the University, I got the last ten questions wrong myself!”

Filed under: Jokes & Humor,

Fil-Am Veterinarian from Sorsogon Pays Tribute to Military on b-day bash

CHICAGO – On her 70th birthday, a Filipino-American veterinarian paid tribute to the military where three of her eight children built their careers.

“Remember our men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives for the love of their country, especially my son Alan, who died while undergoing training to pursue his dream as a U.S. Marine,” Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez told her guests present last June 26 at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish at Chicago’s northside.

Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez (right) on her 70th birthday celebration at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Chicago’s northside. JGLiPhoto


PFC Alan L. Hernandez was training with the US Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, California in 2003 when he died.

One of her children, John, is still with the military as an Army sergeant. John has taken a couple of tour of assignments in Afghanistan.

Younger brother Herbert, who was also a U.S. Army specialist from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has left the military service to pursue a civilian vocation in Hawaii.

Dr. Hernandez also paid tribute to her clients, especially those who are still calling for her services. One of them, Ms Barbara H. Herlein, has been a client since 1975, “when we were still brunette.”

Ms Herlein is still her repeat loyal client to this day. The semi-retired Dr. Hernandez has limited her professional duties to house calls.

Empathy with pets

Dr. Hernandez said her other clients, Mr. and Mrs. Celso and Linda Aurelia, Ms. Ligaya Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arroyo, and Aida Davila “more than ever have demonstrated their strong bond with their pets.”

“They go to great lengths to shower their pets with empathy, compassion, friendship, patience,” she added.

Among the guests was Dr. Pilar Pascual Cenir, also her classmate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. Dr. Hernandez said she has known Dr. Cenir, the wife of Filipino community leader, Boni Cenir, “for more than 50 years.”

Most of her guests were parishioners and members of the Filipino congregation of St. Gregory the Great Parish, where she is a board member. Also present were five of her eight children: Larry, Helen, George, Neil and Joseph – and her grandchildren, her brothers Joseph and Ray, relatives and friends.

Rev. Paul Wachdorf, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, opened the celebration with an invocation followed by a dinner, testimonials of Dr. Hernandez’s family and friends including Gina Ybardaloza and Susan Silvano, who are her fellow officers at St. Gregory.

A native of Pilar, Sorsogon, Dr. Hernandez immigrated to the US in the ’60s. She was one of the seven children of the late agriculture teacher Jose L. Lariosa of Sorsogon, Sorsogon and homemaker Consolacion G. Garra of Matnog, Sorsogon.

She opened her veterinary practice in Chicago. She has been a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for 35 years and of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association for 34 years. — LBG/FONJ, GMANews.TV


By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

Filed under: Sorsoganon Everywhere, Sorsoganon in the LIMELIGHT!, Sorsogon Outstanding Achievers, We will make you SHINE!,

President Aquino’s Anti-Wang Wang Campaign

The following are some of the highlights of President Aquino’s speech:

  • “Kami ay narito para magsilbi, hindi para maghari.”
  • “Sisimulan natin ang pag-usisa sa midnight appointments.”
  • “Kami, ang pamahalaan ang inyong kampeon… Hindi na puwede ang puwede na.”
  • “Hindi tama na ang nagmamalasakit ay kinakawawa.”
  • “There can be no reconciliation w/o justice.”
  • “Sa tamang pamamahala, gaganda ang buhay ng lahat.”
  • “To our friends and neighbors around the world… we will be a nation where we can say ‘It all works.'”
  • Walang lamangan, walang padrino, at walang pagnananakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong.”
  • “Kung kailan tayo nanalo, saka pa ba tayo susuko? Kayo ang boss ko, kaya hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo.”
  • “I am blessed with this (my parents’) legacy.”
  • “Samahan ninyo ako… sa tuwid na landas. Maraming salamat po.”

Anti-Wang Wang Campaign Held a Congresswoman and Police Officer

Road Bullies!

WOTL: Wang Wang Ina Mo!

‘Walang wang-wang’

Source: Inquirer.net

DURING HIS INAUGURATION WEDNESDAY, PRESident Aquino assured the Filipino people that he was just like every one of them. “I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens,” he said. And he proved it immediately by enumerating their hurts, their resentments and their disappointments with an uncaring government.

In one of the most applauded portions of his Inaugural Address, Mr. Aquino asked: “Have you ever been ignored by the very government you put into power? I have. Have you ever been rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to flaunt their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that, instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.”

And he vowed to end all that, saying: “No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign… No more influencing peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more counterflow, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.”

Who would have thought that silencing the infernal wang-wang (police siren) would merit mention in a presidential speech? Yet there it was right in the President’s first address to the nation, taking its place alongside such weighty concerns as fighting graft and corruption, reducing poverty, dispensing equal justice and improving government services. And a relieved nation has been applauding in appreciation.

On Mr. Aquino’s second day in office Thursday, pedestrians cheered when they saw his convoy making its way to Malacañang from his Times Street home in Quezon City, without the blinking lights and the blaring sirens that used to announce the passage of the President and other men and women of power. Reporters also noted that the convoy stopped at red lights and dutifully used U-turns instead of turning on some street corners to save time. It seems that Mr. Aquino truly intends to lead by example, starting with following traffic rules.

A trivial gesture? Not at all. Not in a country where anarchy reigns in the streets and road rage can have fatal consequences. Not in a country where the powerful and the influential freely flout traffic rules, beating red lights, ignoring traffic signs, and driving against traffic, as traffic enforcers helplessly look on. Not in a country where public servants behave like kings and masters, especially in the streets. If Mr. Aquino wanted to show how different his administration would be from past administrations and how citizens can be equal before the law, he could not have picked a more powerful signal than this. While they were in use, those blinkers and sirens were the most visible and loudest demonstration of elitism, arrogance and impunity by people in power.

The point has been made and taken. The leadership of the Philippine National Police has ordered the deactivation of those gadgets in their patrol cars, and traffic enforcers have been ordered to go after violators of the ban. It is time to give the rule a second look.

If the ban on sirens is meant to stop arrogant displays of power, then low-numbered protocol plates as well as commemorative plates, particularly those issued by the police, should also be disallowed. Such plates, like sirens and blinkers, encourage their owners to violate the rules and intimidate the lowly traffic enforcers who might want to flag them down.

On the other hand, there is a need to relax the rule in certain cases like police emergencies and certainly the presidential convoy. Time is precious, and even more so the time of the highest official of the land. The President cannot be late for his appointments, like he was yesterday for the handover rites of the Armed Forces chief of staff, because of Metro Manila’s unpredictable traffic. Besides there are security risks involved when the presidential convoy stops at a red light or gets stalled in traffic. Mr. Aquino need not worry about using the privilege reserved for the country’s highest official to move around more quickly, safely and conveniently than everybody else. The people will surely understand, especially now that he has demonstrated how willingly he can give it up.

Filed under: Government, Sorsogon News Updates

Komite binuo sa Dubai para sa mga karapatan ng OFW

DUBAI – Matagumpay na idinaos kamakailan ng iba’t ibang grupo ng mga migranteng Pilipino ang kauna-unahang Migrants’ Forum sa United Arab Emirates, na nagresulta sa pagbuo ng komiteng magbabantay sa karapatan at kagalingan ng mga Pilipinong manggagawa rito.

Dumalo sa naturang talakayan ang halos 200 delegado mula sa iba’t ibang organisasyo na kasapi ng Filipino Community (FilCom) sa Dubai at Northern Emirates, kabilang ang ilang mga opisyal ng Pilipinas sa UAE.

Ilan sa mga naging tagapagsalita sa talakayan sina Ambassador Grace Relucio Princesa; Vice Consul Edwin Mendoza; Labour Attaché Amilbahar Amilasan ng POLO-Dubai; Labour Attaché Nasser Munder ng Abu Dhabi; Welfare Officer Mary Cyd Simangan ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sa Dubai; Engr. Robert Ramos, tagapangulo ng FilCom; at Yuri Cipriano, pangalawang pangulo ng Migrante-UAE.

Isinagawa ang talakayan bilang pagdiriwang sa Araw ng mga Migranteng Pilipino kaalinsabay ng paggunita sa ika-112 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas noong Hunyo 18 sa Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha, Dubai sa pangunguna ng Migrante-UAE.

“Matagumpay ang Migrants’ Forum dahil bukod sa napag-usapan ang iba’t ibang suliranin ng mga migranteng Pilipino sa UAE, nagresulta rin ang talakayan sa pagbuo ng isang ad-hoc committee ng FilCom para pangalagaan at isulong ang kagalingan at karapatan ng mga overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sa UAE,” ani Cipriano.

Sinabi naman ni Ramos na naging inspirasyon at hamon para sa FilCom, na may 84 na kasaping organisasyon, ang inisyatiba ng Migrante-UAE sa pagsusulong ng mga karapatan ng mga Pilipino sa UAE.

Ang bubuing Ad-Hoc Committee for the Protection of the Rights and Welfare of Migrant Filipinos ang katugunan ng FilCom sa mga napag-usapan sa talakayan.

Pakikilusin ng FilCom ang mga kasapi nitong organisasyon para bigyang pansin ang mga problemang kinahaharap ng mga Pilipino sa UAE, ani Ramos.

Samantala, pinuna ni Shayne Ramero, tagapangulo ng Rights and Welfare Committee ng Migrante-UAE, ang kakulangan sa pagtalakay ng ilang opisyales ng Embahada at Konsulado sa mga usapin ng mga migranteng Pilipino.

“Hindi tinalakay ni Simangan ang paksang kanyang dapat talakayin tungkol sa kalagayan ng mga migrante sa UAE. Hindi rin kumpleto ang paliwanag ni Amilasan sa kahalagahan ng Araw ng mga Migrante,” ayon kay Ramero.

“Binanggit lang niya na nilikha ang okasyong ito bilang pasasalamat sa ambag ng mga OFW sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas. Nakaligtaan niyang banggitin na layunin din ng pagdiriwang ang pagtataguyod sa karapatang pantao ng mga OFW,” dagdag nito. –Angel L. Tesorero, GMANews.TV

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Longevity Genes Found; Predict Chances of Reaching 100

By Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic News


There’s still no way to predict whether you’ll live to be a hundred—but scientists are getting closer.

A newly discovered suite of 150 “long life” variants in about 70 genes allows scientists to guess, with 77 percent accuracy, whether a person can live into their late 90s or longer, a new study says.

(Get a genetics overview.)

These long-life gene variants, the authors speculate, may suppress genes associated with ailments often linked to aging, such as dementia and heart problems.

“This is just a genetic predisposition,” cautioned study leader Paola Sebastiani, a biostatistician at the Boston University School of Public Health. “It doesn’t mean that you’re going to live to be a hundred. Many things can happen in life.”

Naturally, lifestyle choices, environment, and plain good luck will always play major roles in determining life span—as they may have for the 23 percent of centenarian test subjects found to lack the telltale gene variants.

Maybe this minority “lived long simply because they had some tricks and avoided risk factors,” Sebastiani said. “Perhaps they didn’t smoke, didn’t eat much red meat, or just lived healthier lives.”

Billed as the world’s largest scientific study of centenarians and their families, the New England Centenarians Study has collected data on more than a thousand Caucasian centenarians since 1995. Further studies will extend the research to other ethnicities, beginning in Japan, home to an inordinate number of centenarians.

In industrialized countries only about 1 in every 6,000 people will reach a hundred years of age. Just one in every seven million becomes a “supercentenarian,” reaching 110. Eighty-five percent of all centenarians are women.

(Pictures: “The Secrets of Longevity.”)

From Centenarian Genes to Personal Fountains of Youth?

The new discovery, which the authors call a first step, may lead to people being able to learn in advance how long their bodies are predisposed to last.

Also, further studies of the 150 gene variants could yield advances toward personalized genomics and predictive medicine—particularly in regard to age-related ailments, the study team said.

The research has already revealed one surprise in this respect.

It’s long been known that exceptional longevity runs in families, so many researchers have supposed that the long-lived might be lacking gene variants associated with age-related diseases.

But the new data show that centenarians have just as many of the disease-associated variants as other people. That means the longevity-related variants may somehow cancel or trump the variants associated with such ailments, according to the new study, to be published Friday in the journal Science.

However they do it, the centenarian gene variants generally appear to hold off disability and disease until the last years of lifes. Ninety percent of people who live to be a hundred remain disability free until about age 93, the researchers said.

(Also see “Yeast Life Extended Ten Times; Offers Hope for Humans.”)

Longevity: More Than Just Genetics

Demographer Dan Buettner has spent years studying the world’s longest-lived people and the places where they live, which he’s dubbed blue zones. (Preview Buettner’s article “The Secrets of Long Life.”)

Buettner praised the new research and said it’s long been known that people who reach a hundred not only live well but also have won the “genetic lottery.”

“But genes and environment are inextricably interwoven,” he said.

For example, environmental factors such as food, water, and air quality can shift rapidly, meaning the set of genes that helped today’s centenarians live longer might not have the same benefit to babies born this year, said Buettner, a grantee of the National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council. (The Society owns National Geographic News.)

(Related: Buettner on the longevity lessons of a small Mediterranean island.)

Buettner believes genetic interventions could someday help slow the aging process—but that remains far in the future, he said. For now each of us must live with the genes we’ve been dealt, which means those hoping to live longer should look at their lifestyles.

“What we know now is that the average American could probably add about ten years of life expectancy and slow the biological clock,” he said.

Eating better, and less, is a big part of the equation, he added. Other aspects are physical activity and mental focus—Buettner believes that people with a strong sense of purpose in their lives can live about seven years longer than those who don’t have one.

“To take advantage of any possible future genetic interventions,” Buettner said, “your best strategy right now is to optimize your lifestyle.”


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TEAM SORSOGON SAPYM OSC RIPPED AWARDS IN THE ARNIS PHILIPPINES NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

By: SAPYM OSC Kapatiran ng Lakan

Ld. Ray Adrian F. Carranza ripped the gold medal in the heavy weight division while Ld. Mark Allan Lusuegro ripped the silver medal in the middle weight division during the 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection at the SM City North Edsa, Annex, Quezon City on June 25-27, 2010.

i-Arnis International and Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo graced the occasion. The event was sponsored by SM Corporation and Honorable Nanette Castelo- Daza of 4th Disctrict of Quezon City.

The 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection was participated in by the medalist in by national level (Palarong Pambansa, Philippine Olympic Festival and National Arnis Encounter ) both in full contact and anyo events last 2007-2008 gold medalist and 2009 medalist.

Arnis Philippines (Arpi), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and i-Arnis International spearheaded the activity.

Winners in this arnis national selection games will be representing Team Philippines in the upcoming i-Arnis International Encounter in Manila this year.


This renowned event aims to promote and popularize further the Filipino martial art and sport of
stick fighting in line with the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9850 “An Act declaring Arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport of the Philippines”.

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OFW group hits Palace’s DFA, DOLE appointments

An alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and advocates on Thursday expressed opposition over the Aquino administration’s appointment of Rosalinda Baldoz as head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its retention of Alberto Romulo as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Migrante International accused Baldoz, former administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of incompetence in “addressing labor-related concerns of OFWs.”

“We are worried that the appointments of Baldoz and Romulo as heads of agencies directly affecting the protection, welfare and defense of OFWs could be reflective of the Aquino administration’s policy framework and perspective for the migrant sector,” Migrante chairperson Garry Martinez said.

Martinez disclosed that Baldoz failed to resolve numerous cases of unfair labor practices involving OFWs.

The Migrante official also accused the latter of enforcing anti-migrant policies, particularly the Memorandum Circular 04 banning direct hiring by requiring applying OFWs to undergo trainings only in recruitment agencies accredited by POEA.

“This resulted in loss of jobs and employment opportunities and imposed added exorbitant fees on OFWs,” Martinez said. “It also served as a milking cow for corruption in POEA.”

Martinez also cited the case of 27 Filipino nurses and physical therapists who accused the Sentosa Care of committing unfair labor practices and “involuntary servitude” against them in 2006.

They also filed an administrative case before the POEA against the Sentosa office in Manila and its representatives.

He said this particular incident “exposed how Baldoz treated cases of OFWs brought to the POEA.”

During a dialogue with the families of the OFWs, Martinez related, Baldoz dismissed the case by telling the OFWs’ relatives that “she could not do anything despite the overwhelming evidence against Sentosa.”

He said Baldoz willingly sacrificed the 27 OFWs in exchange for “thousands of jobs at the pipeline.”

“How can we now entrust the welfare of our Filipino workers, both here and abroad, to the kind of incompetence and neglect that Baldoz has so far displayed?” Martinez asked.

He also expressed fears that “no significant change” will occur in DFA in the next six years because of the reappointment of Romulo.

Martinez expressed worry that under Romulo, the DFA will remain unresponsive to “endless cases of repatriation, countless OFWs in jail and in the death row that the Arroyo administration had failed to urgently address.”

“There is also a pressing need for Romulo and the Aquino administration to instill major policy reforms in terms of labor migration and unfair and one-sided treaties that have long endangered the lives and welfare of our OFWs,” he added. — LBG/FONJ, GMANews.TV

via: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/195040/ofw-group-hits-malacanangs-dfa-dole-appointments?utm_source=GMANews.TV&utm_medium=facebook

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$188M awarded by US govt to Pinoy war vets

Some $188 million has been awarded as of June 1 by the United States government to eligible Filipino soldiers who were World War II veterans.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC reported that of the approved claims, 7,603 are for Filipino veterans based in the Philippines, while 7,991 are now living in the United States, according to a release posted on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The number of applications received has reached over 41,000, the DFA release added.

The US government initially allocated some $198 million for the Filipino Equity Fund, where Filipino World War II veterans who are US citizens stand to get a lump-sum payment of benefits amounting to $15,000 (about P695,000) each.

Those who are not US citizens are likewise entitled to $9,000 (about P417,000) each.

A proposal is currently pending before the US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to allocate $67 million more for the Equity Fund. (See: US senator nixes $67M add’l funds for Pinoy vets)

Meanwhile, about 7,900 applications are pending before the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and are being verified at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri.

The NPRC serves as the US Army’s records custodian that keeps the records of over 400,000 World War II-era guerrillas of the US Armed Forces of the Far East, dubbed the “Missouri list.”

On the other hand, 17,632 applications for compensation have so far been denied. About 1,761 Notice of Denials were received by the Manila Regional Office.

The release nevertheless said that the Veterans Affairs Office is continuously conducting outreach programs to help veterans with denied applications go through the appeals process.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs encloses a VA Form 4107, “Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision,” in the FVEC notification letter to explain options available to those with denied claims.

Bienvenido Arcilla, a Filipino war veteran now based in California, for example, is currently appealing his benefits claim which was denied because his name could not be located on the Missouri list.

He also lost the dog tags issued to him, the only pieces of evidence that he was indeed recruited into the US military in 1941 when he was just a 16-year-old high school student in Tarlac.

He has recently filed his appeal before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, where he narrated, among other things, how he escaped the Bataan Death March by crawling under the skirt of an elderly woman. (See: War veteran hid under woman’s skirt to escape Bataan Death March) —Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV


Read more via: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/195011/188m-awarded-by-us-govt-to-pinoy-war-vets

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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Starbucks is offering free Wi-Fi to all customers, at every location, starting today. Whether you’re clicking connect on Starbucks’ Wi-Fi or some other unsecured, public Wi-Fi network, here’s how to stay safe and secure while surfing a public hotspot.

Just because most wireless routers have a firewall to protect you from the internet doesn’t mean you’re protected from others connected to the same network. Lots of wireless hotspots these days are completely unencrypted, usually so they’re easier to connect to (baristas don’t need to be giving out the internet password to everyone that walks in). However, this leaves you unprotected against malicious users in the same coffee shop, so there are a few settings you should always make sure to tweak when you’re connected to a public network. We’re going to show you which settings are the most important ones, as well as how to automatically change your settings to the appropriate level of security every time you connect to a public network.

The Settings

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

1. Turn Off Sharing

When you’re at home, you may share files, printers, or even allow remote login from other computers on your network. When you’re on a public network, you’ll want to turn these things off, as anyone can access them—they don’t even need to be a hacker, and depending on your setup, some of that stuff probably isn’t even password protected. Here’s how to turn off sharing:

In Windows: Open your Control Panel, then browse to Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center, then click Choose Homegroup and Sharing Options -> Change Advanced Sharing Settings. Once here, you should definitely turn off file and printer sharing, and you may as well turn off network discovery and Public folder sharing. Some of this is done automatically by Windows if you specify the network as public (more on this later).

In Mac OS X: Go to System Preferences -> Sharing and make sure all the boxes are unchecked.

You’ll also want to turn off network discovery, which will be in the same place. This will prevent others from even seeing your machine on the network, meaning you’re less likely to be targeted. On Windows (as I mentioned), it’s just another check box under advanced sharing settings. On OS X, it will be called “stealth mode” and be under your firewall’s advanced settings (see below).

2. Enable Your Firewall

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks


Most OSes come with at least a basic firewall nowadays, and it’s a simple step to keeping unwanted local users from poking at your computer. You may already be using a firewall, but just in case, go into your security settings (in Windows under Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Firewall; and on Mac under System Preferences -> Security -> Firewall) and make sure your firewall is turned on. You can also edit which applications are allowed access by clicking on “allow a program or feature” in Windows and “advanced” in OS X. Your firewall
is not an end-all, be-all protector, but it’s always a good idea to make sure it’s turned on.

3. Use SSL Whenever Possible

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
Regular web site connections over HTTP exchange lots of plain text over the wireless network you’re connected to, and someone with the right skills and bad intent can sniff out that traffic. It’s not that big of a deal when the text is some search terms you entered at Lifehacker, but it is a big deal when it’s the password to your email account. Using HTTPS (for visiting web sites) or enabling SSL (when using applications that access the internet, such as a mail client) encrypts the data passed back and forth between your computer and that web server and keep it away from prying eyes.

Some sites will do it automatically, but keep an eye on the address bar and make sure the “s” in “https” is always there when you’re exchanging sensitive information. If it disappears, you should log out immediately. Note that if the sensitive browsing can wait, you might as well just do it at home—no reason in risking more than you have to. Other sites will default to HTTP connections, but support HTTPS if you manually type it in. Gmail, for example, will allow you to log in using HTTPS, and you can specify in your Gmail Settings whether you want it to use HTTPS automatically in the future. (Go to Settings, find the Browser connection setting, and set to Always use https.)

If you access your email from a desktop client such as Outlook or Mail.app, You’ll want to make sure that your accounts are SSL encrypted in their settings. If not, people could not only theoretically read your emails, but also get your usernames, passwords, or anything else they wanted. You’ll need to make sure your domain supports it, and sometimes the setup might require different settings or ports—it’s not just a matter of checking the “use SSL” box—so check your email account’s help page for more details. If it doesn’t support SSL, make sure you quit the application when you’re on an insecure public network..

4. Consider Using a Virtual Private Network

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks


Unfortunately, not all sites offer SSL encryption. Other search engines and email providers may still be vulnerable to people watching your activity, so if you use one of these sites frequently (or really just want the extra protection), you may want to try using a VPN, or virtual private network. These services let you route all your activity through a separate secure, private network, thus giving you the security of a private network even though you’re on a public one. We’ve detailed
how to set up a VPN with Hamachi, though there are a number of great services—check out our Hive Five for best VPN tools for more ideas. If all that’s a bit too complicated, you can always go with previously mentioned Hotspot Shield, which is a fairly popular app that will run in the background and set up the VPN automatically.

5. Turn It Off When You’re Not Using It

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
If you want to guarantee your security and you’re not actively using the internet, simply turn off your Wi-Fi. This is extremely easy in both Mac and Windows. On a Mac, just click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and select the turn off AirPort option. On Windows, you can just right-click on the wireless icon in the taskbar to turn it off. Again, this isn’t all that useful if you need the internet, but when you’re not actively using it, it’s not a bad idea to just turn it off for the time being. The longer you stay connected, the longer people have to notice you’re there and start snooping around.

How to Automate Your Public Wi-Fi Security Settings

You don’t want to have to manually adjust all of these settings every single time you go back and forth between the coffee shop and your secure home network. Luckily, there are a few ways to automate the process so you automatically get extra protection when connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

On Windows

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
When you first connect to any given network on Windows, you’ll be asked whether you’re connecting to a network at your home, work, or if it’s public. Each of these choices will flip the switch on a preset list of settings. The public setting, naturally, will give you the most security. You can customize what each of the presets entails by opening your Control Panel and navigating to Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced Sharing Settings. From there, you can turn network discovery, file sharing, public folder sharing, media streaming, and other options on or off for the different profiles.

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

That’s a good start, but what if you want a bit more control? Previously mentioned NetSetManis a great program to customize your network profiles for different networks; you choose your IP address, DNS server, or even run scripts (opening the window for pretty much any action) every time you connect to one of your preset networks.

On OS X

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
On OS X, you don’t have a lot of options for automating your network preferences, but
previously mentioned Airport Location will do everything you could possibly want and more. With it, you can turn on your firewall, turn off SMTP mail, connect to a VPN, and a whole lot more, all depending on the network you’ve connected to. Heck, you can even change your desktop background for each given network, as well as run Applescripts for those functions that just aren’t built in to the app.

In Your Browser

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
The
previously mentioned HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension automatically chooses the secure HTTPS option for a bunch of popular web sites, including the New York Times, Twitter, Facebook, Google Search, and others, ensuring secure HTTPS connections to any supported web site, every time you visit. You can even add your own to their XML config file. Note that as a Firefox extension, this works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Consider a Safety-First Approach

If you’re a real road warrior, you may find yourself adding so many profiles that automating your safe settings at every step along the way may seem like a lot of work. While most chains like Starbucks or McDonald’s should have the same names for each of their Wi-Fi networks (and thus your profiles will carry over), an better approach may be to make your more secure settings the default for your system, and create just one profile for your home network. Thus, by default, file sharing would be turned off, your firewall would be at its most secure state, and so on—then, when you return home to your protected network, you can have Airport Location or NetSetMan turn your less secure settings on.


This isn’t all-encompassing by any means, but should give you a good quick checklist of things you should do every time you connect to a public network. There are certainly a number of other things you could do (such as setting up a SOCKS proxy over SSH), but these steps will take you a long way on the road to security when you’re browsing on those public hotspots. Of course, some of you already have your own public browsing routines, so be sure to share your safe networking tips in the comments.

Send an email to Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at whitson@lifehacker.com.


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A Letter to P.Noy from an OFW

Mahal na Bagong Pangulong Noynoy Aquino:

Ako po na isang OFW ay nagpapahayag ng suporta sa inyong layunin sa maibalik ang nawalang dignidad ng ating bansang Pilipinas sa nagdaang mga panahon. Ako po ay naniniwala na ang isang administrasyon na nag-umpisa sa mali ay mananatiling mali hanggang sa kahuli-hulihang segundo ng panunungkulan nito. At ito nga po ang nahayag at naganap sa mahigit na siyam at kalahating taon sa ating Inang Bayan na Pilipinas.

Masasabi ko pong sa wakas ay natamo na nating muli ang kalayaang huli nating natamasa noong ika-12 nang Hunyo 1898 sa pamamahala ni General Emilio Aguinaldo. Ako ay napilitang mangibang bansa noong 2006 dahil sa nakaambang kawalan ng trabaho o hanapbuhay sa pagtatapos ng aking kontrata sa pinapasukan kong kumpanya. At sa aking pananaw na sa pangingibang-bayan ay matutugunan ang mga pangangailangang pinansiyal ng aming pamilya na hindi maaaring matugunan ng anumang trabaho sa ating bansa.

Sa kabila ng magiging kalungkutan, pagtitiis o sakripisyo na mararanasan sa pangingibang bansa ay hindi ito naging balakid sa aking solidong pasya na tumuloy at malayo sa kanila. Sapagkat ito lang ang magiging katugunan sa maaaring paghihirap na mararanasan namin kung mananatili ako sa pakikipagsapalaran sa Pilipinas nang panahong iyon.

Pagkalipas ng mahigit na dalawang taon na malayo sa aking pamilya ay natapos din ang aming pagtitiis. Sapagkat sa maikling panahon na iyon ay muli kaming nagkasama-sama ngunit hindi sa ating bansang Pilipinas na aming sinisinta. Sa halip, kami ay nagkasama-sama sa dayuhang bansa na nagbigay sa amin ng pag-asa upang mabuhay na hindi salat sa anumang pangangailangan namin sa araw-araw.

Napagdesisyunan naming mag-asawa na manatili na at ituloy ang aming pamumuhay kasama ng aming mga anak dito sa bansang aming kinalalagyan ngayon. Pagkatapos ay kami na lamang ang umuuwi taon-taon sa Pilipinas upang magbakasyon at makapiling muli ang aming mga mahal sa buhay na nananatili sa ating pinakamamahal na bansa.

Masakit man sa amin ay wala kaming magagawa na talikuran pansamatala ang bayang aming sinisinta kapalit ng masasabi nating buhay na maginhawa. Sapagkat kung kami ay magtitiyaga lang sa ating bansa e malamang wala rin kaming mapapala habang ang Pilipinas ay lugmok at ‘di pa nakakaahon sa matinding pagkadukha.

Ang aming panawagan sa ating Mahal na Pangulong Noynoy Aquino na sana’y isulong at isakatuparan niya ang layunin ng kanyang administrasyon na “WALANG MAHIRAP” kung “WALANG CORRUPTION.” Sapagkat hindi lingid sa kanyang kaalaman ang nagiging dahilan ng marami nating kababayan — kabilang na ang aming pamilya — na napipilitang mangibang bansa ay para magtrabaho.

Kasunod nito ay piliin na rin na doon na manirahan kaysa manatili sa sariling bayan na laganap ang kahirapan, walang hustisya, mabagal ang proseso ng mga ahensiya, kasama na ang katiwalian. At ang mga kawani ng gobyerno — nasa mababa man o mataas na posisyon — imbes na maglingkod sa mamamayan ay sila pa mismo ang nagiging hadlang at nagpapahirap sa nakararami.

Sa ganitong sistema ng ating bansa ay hindi malayong mas piliin ng maraming propesyunal at mga skilled workers na gamitin ang kanilang husay sa ibang bansa kaysa sa sariling bayan.

Ang mga OFW, kasama ang buo naming pamilya ay muling umaasa na sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ng bagong halal na Pangulo ng Bayan ay matutupad at muling maibabalik ang naglahong pangarap ng sambayanan. Dili’t walang iba kundi ang pag-asang mabago, maiangat ang ating nakalugmok na bansa sa kahirapan at muling kilalanin ang Pilipinas sa buong mundo – hindi lamang sa husay ng mga Pilipino kundi sa kaayusan ng pamumuno ng mga nakaupo sa gobyerno.

Ito na ang oras ng pagbabago. Ang oras upang ibalik ang tiwala ng sambayanan sa gobyerno at ang dangal ng ating Inang Bayang Pilipinas. Mabuhay po kayo mahal na Pangulong Noynoy Aquino at God bless you!

P.S.

Sana naman po ay pagtuunan n’yo ng pansin ang mga kababayan nating may mga suliranin at kaso dito sa Saudi Arabia at kami ay umaasa na kayo ay makabisita. Sana po mga Kapuso ay inyong mailathala ito at maiparating sa Mahal na Pangulong Noynoy Aquino ito. Nais ko rin sanang hilingin kay Ms. Kara David ng OFW Diaries ay mag-cover naman at mag-documentary dito Saudi Arabia.

Solid Kapuso po kami at we always watching GMA Pinoy TV sa Orbit. God bless po sa inyong lahat at more power. – GMANews.TV

Thanks and regards,

Gary Bangit Vasquez


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HK OFWs ask Aquino: Cut passport cost

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III should work to lower passport cost for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), organizations of Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong said.

Almost 10,000 OFWs signed a petition expressing this demand which the United Filipinos in Hong Kong-Migrante and Gabriela-Hong Kong submitted to the Philippine consulate general there.

HK-based OFWs applying for an e-passport have to pay HK$510 (around P3,000), up from the HK$425 (around P2,500) for the machine-readable passport introduced to HK OFWs in April this year, said Dolores Balladares in a news release.

“The price of passports in the Philippines is only P950 or about HK$160 but here, it is more than thrice that amount. There is no justifiable reason why passports for OFWs should be overpriced,” she added.

The group reported that even the previous amount of HK$425 is already very steep. Indonesian migrant workers, Balladares noted, pay only HK$58 (about P350) for their machine-readable passports.

“For years, the Philippine government has already earned millions of dollars from the overpriced passport. The so-called improvements that will result from the use of e-passports should not be used to again extort further from us,” she said.

Since May, the migrant group has been conducting a petition-signing campaign to cut passport cost. The submitted signatures, said Balladares, were only from their first wave of the campaign.

The demand is also part of the 10-point HK OFW agenda for the new administration. Balladares said that the agenda contain the most urgent and concrete issues of OFWs in Hong Kong, among them the scrapping of authentication fee and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Omnibus Policies.

In a related development, the Department of Foreign Affairs said its extension office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency require that OFWs applying for passports bring a copy of a Contract of Employment (for new OFWs), or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by POEA (to visiting OFWs), or a valid working visa, as proof of their status.

Applicants are served on a first-come-first-served basis, unlike by appointment at the main facility at the Aseana Business Park in Paranaque City.

The DFA said only eligible OFWs and their immediate family members are prioritized; this is to discourage non-OFWs who are ineligible. Non-OFWs are requested to file their application at the main consular building after getting an appointment.

Shortened passport processing and releasing time for emergency cases are provided to qualified applicants, including OFWs, after an evaluation by the Office of the Passport Director (telephone number 02 836-7759).

Read more via: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20100701-278576/HK-OFWs-ask-Aquino-Cut-passport-cost

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Leonardo DiCaprio will visit Albay this coming August

MORE BREAKING NEWS: Leonardo DiCaprio is coming for a visit early next month. This piece of good news was confirmed by DiCaprio himself through his Hollywood agents and publicists.

According to earlier reports, DiCaprio was arriving in early 2011.

“It turned out that he’s arriving earlier than expected,” said Joyce Ramirez, director for International Publicity at PR Asis Worldwide, who invited DiCaprio not to promote his new movie, Inception, but to spearhead an environmental-awareness project in cooperation with a huge conglomerate in Albay. “DiCaprio will be here for one week. He has chosen to stay at the Misibis Bay, an ultra-luxurious resort. It’s not yet sure if he will make a stopover in Manila or fly straight to Legazpi City on a private jet.”

It’s Joyce’s brainchild to bring DiCaprio to the Philippines to help boost our tourism industry especially in Albay, with Legazpi City as a world-class eco-tourism destination.

It’s not DiCaprio’s first trip to Asia. After starring in the all-time hit Titanic, DiCaprio went to Thailand to shoot The Beach, his follow-up starrer. The STAR did an exclusive interview with DiCaprio in L.A. for that movie in late 1999.

In Inception, a sci-fi action adventure distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in IMAX, Digital 2D and regular format, DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who is an expert in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in the treacherous new game of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Inception is showing nationwide soon.


Read more via: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/star/20100701/tel-dicaprio-here-august-dd408b0.html


Filed under: Upcoming Events, What's Happening Here?,

Globe & Mobily launch 1st Kababayan SIM for OFWs in Saudi

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can expect to pay lower rates for calls and text messages to family and friends in the Philippines on the back of the recently-inked partnership between Globe Telecom and Saudi Arabia-based mobile operator Mobily. The latter is Saudi Arabia ’s second largest mobile operator with a market share of about 40%. It is the brand carried by Saudi elecom firm Etihad Etisalat.

Mobily partnered with Globe to launch the Mabuhay Kababayan Prepaid SIM, a new service that gives Mobily subscribers special rates for calls and text messages to the Philippines . With the Mobily Mabuhay Kababayan Prepaid SIM, calls to Globe, Tattoo and TM in the Philippines will be charged 99 halala (0.99 Saudi Riyal or about P12.01) per minute, and 30 halala (0.30 Saudi Riyal or about P3.66) per text message.

“We value the hard work and sacrifices of our OFWs and we know how important it is for them to stay in touch with the loved-ones back in the Philippines . You can expect a lot more from this major partnership with Mobily,” said Kimmie Moreno, Marketing Head for Overseas Filipino Communities (International) at Globe.

“We have partnered with a reputable telecommunication company like Mobily to allow our kabababayans in Saudi to keep in touch with friends and family at reduced rates, giving them more talk time. This is a key milestone for Globe since this is the first of such partnership in the Middle East,” said Rychie Albert, Globe’s International Business Development Head for Middle East and Europe .

There are an estimated 1.1-Million Filipinos living and working in Saudi Arabia.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, Mobile Technology, OFW Corner,

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