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Personal flight possible

source: Top Tech Inventions Shaping 2011

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Martin Jetpack

Ask just about anybody (that doesn’t have a fear of heights) what superpower they wished they had- and I’ll bet the ability to fly would probably top the list. Personal flight will become possible thanks to the Martin Jetpack (which is not a jet or rocket-powered) and will sell for a hefty sum of $100,000.

The Jetpack, designed by Glenn Martin of New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company, uses a premium gasoline engine with 200-horsepower and two ducted fans to provide lift. It can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour, an altitude of 8,000 feet, and fly for about 30 minutes on a full fuel tank.

Unlike earlier devices called “jetpacks”, the Martin Jetpack is the first to be considered a practical device. Initially designed with the leisure market in mind, commercial demand for the Martin Jetpack has seen the research and development program focus on readying the product for use in a number of sectors including emergency response, defense and recreation, with numerous applications in each sector.

Watch this mega hunk of carbon-fiber in action:

Filed under: Information, Innovation, Inspiration, New Ideas, New Invention, , , ,

Major tsunami damage in N Japan after 8.9 quake

AP – Yurikamome train passengers walk on the elevated track towards Shiodome Station in Tokyo near Tokyo Bay …
By MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press 18 mins ago

TOKYO – A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast.

At least one person was killed and there were reports of several injuries in Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers (miles) away, where buildings shook violently through the main quake and the wave of massive aftershocks that followed.

TV footage showed waves of muddy waters sweeping over farmland near the city of Sendai, carrying buildings, some on fire, inland as cars attempted to drive away.

“This is a rare major quake, and damages could quickly rise by the minute,” said Junichi Sawada, an official with Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Officials were trying to assess damage, injuries and deaths but had no immediate details. Police said at least one person was killed in a house collapse in Ibaraki prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo.

A large fire erupted at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo and was burning out of control.

Public broadcaster NHK showed footage of a large ship being swept away by the tsunami and ramming directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture. Similar destruction was seen in dozens of communities along the coast.

In various locations along the coast, footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters.

The quake struck at 2:46 p.m. and was followed by five powerful aftershocks within about an hour, the strongest measuring 7.1. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.9, while Japan’s meteorological agency measured it at 8.4.

The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers), about 80 miles (125 kilometers) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo.

In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.

In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms. NHK said more than 4 million buildings without power in Tokyo and its suburbs.

The ceiling in Kudan Kaikan, a large hall in Tokyo, collapsed, injuring an unknown number of people, NHK said.

Osamu Akiya, 46, was working in Tokyo at his office in a trading company when the quake hit.

It sent bookshelves and computers crashing to the floor, and cracks appeared in the walls.

“I’ve been through many earthquakes, but I’ve never felt anything like this,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to get home tonight.”

Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks. It also showed a glass shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo completely smashed by the quake and a weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.

Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.

Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan’s Coast Guard has set up a task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.

“I’m afraid we’ll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong,” he said.

The tsunami roared over embankments in Sendai city, washing cars, houses and farm equipment inland before reversing directions and carrying them out to sea. Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.

In Tokyo, hundreds of people were evacuated from Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest, to a nearby park. Trains were halted.

Tokyo’s main airport was closed. A large section of the ceiling at the 1-year-old airport at Ibaraki, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, fell to the floor with a powerful crash.

TV announcers urged viewers near the shore to move to strong concrete buildings and stay above the third floor .

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said they were still assessing damage but had not confirmed any deaths.

One person was injured at a baseball stadium in Sendai, but his condition was not immediately known.

Dozens of fires were reported in northern prefectures of Fukushima, Sendai, Iwate and Ibaraki. Houses collapsing and landslides were also reported in Miyagi.

Associated Press Writers Jay Alabaster, Mari Yamaguchi, Tomoko A. Hosaka and Yuri Kageyama contributed to this report.



Filed under: What's Happening Here?,

Simple Self Empowerment Exercise

Here’s an eye opening self empowerment exercise to help you take a quick inventory of your values, priorities and goals. It’s a great little ‘check up’ to see where your priorities are taking you, and if they are helping you travel in the direction of your dreams.

“When you realise that every action you take
is based on your own priorities,
you realise the vast power that is in your own hands.”

YOU are the WIND

Just work through the 6 Steps below. As you’ll see at the end of the exercise, you can go back to number 3 and work through this exercise in any area of your life.

1.  What are 10 of the top values you have been honouring in your life? Your highest values are primary qualities that you most want to have in your life. You base your decisions on these, and they determine your behaviours, how you relate to others, and the actions you take. Identifying these will help you to appreciate your existing self empowerment… it’s you who gets to decide what values you want to live by.

There are hundreds of possible values, from achievement to zeal, and every letter in between. List 10 that speak loudly to you.

2.  Prioritize the 10 highest values you have identified, with #1 being the most important to you.

3. Now take a little inventory of where your life is at in this moment regarding ‘a close personal relationship with a significant other’. Examples of taking a brief stock in this category might be:

  1. I’m in a long term loving relationship and am very happy;
  2. I’m in a long term relationship and not very happy;
  3. I’m single and want a happy relationship;
  4. I’m single and very happily so

4. Then browse over your list of 10 top values and see if you can identify which of your chosen values might be contributing to your ‘present personal relationship status’.

5. Next, state what your optimum ‘personal relationship status’ goal would be in a perfect world.

6. Now, think about how your values might re-organize or change if you want to give relationship priorities greater weight. Would doing so be helpful to achieve your highest vision of a personal relationship in your life? In consideration of this, you might also like to review some literature on what is important in the type of relationship you envision. ex. Love as a Way of Life by Gary Chapman

  • Income and financial
  • Physical and health
  • Mind and learning
  • Social community
  • Spiritual experience

When you do these exercises, you’ll be following the threads that show you the reasons as to why your life looks as it does. You can be thrilled to see these connections, and to know they are in your power to change!
“I’ve gone through life believing in the strength and competence of others; never in my own. Now, dazzled, I discover that my capacities are real.
It’s like finding a fortune in the lining of an old coat.”
Joan Mills


Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Motivation,

Worldclass Sorsoganon Educator

A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

Filed under: Campus Talk, Community Service Group, Department of Education, Encouragement, Inspiration, Natatanging Sorsoganon, People who inspired Us, Pinoy Migration, Show your pride, Sorsoganon Everywhere, Sorsoganon in the LIMELIGHT!, Sorsogon News Updates, Sorsogon Outstanding Achievers, Touching Heart, Touching Lives, We will make you SHINE!, , , , , ,

Vietnamese philanthropist distributes relief goods to Bulusan victims

by Irma a. Guhit

Sorsogon City, March 9 (PIA) — Supreme Master Ching Hai, a Vietnamese philanthrophist and a global advocate for climate change mitigation and adaptation, visited the province of Sorsogon yesterday primarily to hand over relief goods to the victims of Mt. Bulusan’s ash explosion.

The relief operation was held in the municipalities of Irosin and Juban considered as areas greatly affected by the volcano’s unrest.

The organization that Master Ching Hai represents advocates “Be Green Go Green Save the Planet” pursuing alternative lifestyle by promoting a change in belief, changing one’s heart, changing one’s food intake, and becoming healthy and loving.

Master Ching Hai, a practicing vegetarian, is making rounds all over the world in his advocacy of a green environment and shares his advocacy specially to those people who are now affected by the change in temperature.

His belief to share and provide assistance to those who are victims of natural calamities is a shared commitment of their group who now are calling to have a sustainable environment by being vegetarians.

The group shared 247 sacks of rice, soap, and other household stuff.

Residents of the nine barangays in the municipality of Juban comprising of Rangas, Catanusan,Sipaya,Taboc, Catanagan, Guruyan, Embarcadero, Binanhuahan, and Biriran were given the relief goods.

Seven barangays in the municipality of Irosin were also recepients comprising of Gulang-Gulang , Macawayan, Monbon, Tinampo Gumupia, and Tungdol.

Members of the group of Master Ching Hai who were with him were Lin Hsu -O, Carol Chan, Younghan, and Rosean Villones.

“We are here to share our belief in the sustainable development of our world by advocating a green enviroment, being a vegetarian and the care for our environment by also lessening meat for our intake,” Ching Hai said.

The greenhouse gas emission urged his group to globally campaign to go vegetarian, plant trees, strengthen sustainable energy, and of course pray.

Master Ching Hai said that to save our planet, the research conducted by Dr. Gordon Eshel and Dr. Pamela Martin, both geophysicits from the University of Chicago non – consumption of meat by a person in just one year will lessen 1.5 tons of carbon emmission which is one of the causes of global warming.

Persons should also refrain from buying a lot of things that only accumulates at home and sometimes are not used and this will soon be part of household wastes that will be dumped and most are non-biodegradables if made of plastics..

While Master Ching Hai’s visi there was to share relief goods to the victims of the natural calamity caused by Mt. Bulusan, he said that sharing his gained- knowlege and belief is one of his passion to save the planet and let everyone do his share too.(PIA Sorsogon/mal)

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Sorsogon GAD council proposes a Halfway House for CICL and children at risk

By: Irma A. Guhit

Sorsogon City, Mar 9 (PIA) – The Sorsogon Provincial Gender and Advocacy Council (PGAD) highlighted March 8 Women’s Day celebration with a forum held here at the provincial training hall.

Provincial Prosecutor Regina Coeli Gabito explained the salient features of RA 9344 otherwise known as the Juvenile and Justice Welfare Act (JJWA).

Approved on April 28 of 2006, RA 9344 zeroes in to the right of the child on its restorative justice aspect which according to Gabito the child or minor who have committed offense or crimes are no longer referred to as juvenile delinquents but Children in Conflict of the Law (CICL) and should be provided a comprehensive juvenile intervention program.

Under RA 9344 the provisions of the law are more on the reparation of the offender. They will be given more reconciliatory assistance for reintegration to society more on counseling provided by social workers from the provincial or municipal Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (P/CSWDO).

Under its provisions a child is below 18 and is considered a minor. There are two types of these children. The child at risk meaning the child is incapable of taking care of himself which sometimes requires the expert opinion of a psychiatrist. The other is the Child in Conflict of the Law, those who have committed crimes or offense.

According to Gabito children at risk are those who are vulnerable and at risk of committing a criminal offense. These are the abandoned children and who also tend to abuse others.

These maybe are also sexually or economically abused, some are from dysfunctional families or broken homes while others are without parents, out of school or children left to fend for their own.

The children in conflict of the law are alleged to be those who are accused of or adjudged as having committed a crime.

The report of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) here and the City Police Station Office (SPO) showed a high incidence of CICLs. In 2009, Sorsogon city alone recorded 15 cases of CICLs committed by 9-17 years of old while provincial records showed 23 cases involving CICLs.

The provincial records of CICLs in 2010 bear 24 cases distributed as 6 for Sorsogon City, Irosin -6, Pto. Diaz 3, Bulan 1, Castilla 5 Pilar 2.

In 2010 Sorsogon city has 6 cases of crimes committed by minors and in the province was 23. Jan- February 2011 registered 5 cases. According to most of the DSWDO workers a lot here were not reported since this has been arranged in the barangays lupon.

An analysis of the city and provincial situation of the problem several social workers believe that while they are doing their job and even the PNP, the need to have a halfway house were these children can be repatriated and given the right counseling is one of the collegial effort to be pushed by the PGAD so that these children can be given the chance to be mainstreamed again without stigma.

“It is very vital for us working in the reparation and reconciliation of these CICLs to provide them a safe haven where again they can be humanly treated” Gabito said.

“It is very difficult for us social workers when a child offender who has committed ten times of offense cannot be admitted to the Center for Boys here in Pangpang, here without court order”, Rose Abay, coordinator of the City Balay Bukas Palad said.

A collegial decision was reached in the forum. First, the additional hiring of social workers who should tend to these concerns only created through a plantilla position and second, the hiring of a provincial psychologist and psychiatrist who can assist in court cases.

The overriding decision of the PGAD is really to build a halfway home where these children can be well given all the interventions and the assistance to reintegrated again in society and be able to live a a natural life in their communities. (PIA Sorsogon/mal)

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

Women’s Day Forum, tatalakay sa Juvenile Law, Character Program at pangangalaga sa kalikasan

Source: Bennie A. Recebido/PIA Sorsogon

Sorsogon City, March 8, (PIA) – Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kababaihan, isang Women’s Day Forum ang ginagawa ngayon dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon.

Tampok sa Women’s Forum ang mga usapin o isyung may kaugnayan sa kaso ng mga kabataang naliligaw ng landas, at ang pagbuhay muli ng Character program na una nang sinimulan noon ni dating Gobernador Sally Lee.

Sa pamamagitan din ng Forum na ito ay mailalabas ang mga saloobin ng mga kababaihan ukol sa mga isyung may kaugnayan sa mga kanila, hindi lamang ukol sa pang-aabuso sa kanila at papel na ginagampanan nila sa paghubog sa mga kabataan kundi maging ang mga naabot na tagumpay ng mga kababaihan dito sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon.

Kabilang sa mga kalahok ay mga student leaders, mambabatas, guro at mga pari. Dito ay talakayin ang mga realidad na makakatulong sa pagbuo ng pahayag ukol sa pagrerebisa ng Juvenile Law lalo pa’t may mga nakikitang probisyong dapat na maamyendahan.

Ayon kay Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee Chair on Women and Family Relations board member Rebecca Aquino, naniniwala ang konseho ng Provincial Gender Advocacy and Development (PGAD) na ang pagpapaigting pa ng kaugalian ng mga kabataan sa pamamagitan ng character program na kadalasang naiitang sa balikat ng mga kababaihan ang isa sa mga susi upang makabuo ng positibong pagbabago sa hanay ng bagong henerasyon.

Maliban sa mga usaping ito ay tatalakayin din sa forum ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan. Sa halip aniya na lecture type ang presentasyon, ilalahad ang mga usapin sa pamamagitan ng mga situational cases at statistical data presentation ng isyung may kaugnayan sa mga kababaihan at kabataan.

Ang mga tagapagsalita ay mula sa hanay ng Philippine National Police, Social Welfare and Development Office at Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Katuwang din ang Visayan Forum, Child Fund at FACE sa pagsasalatuparan ng aktibidad na ito. (PIA Sorsogon)

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?

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