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APEC is a useless organization
Read 1,741 times | Posted on November 17, 2015 @ 3 years ago

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

By ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart…” (Psalm 119:33-34, the Holy Bible). (more…)



Solon urges PH to join TPP ‘with reservations’
Read 3,119 times | Posted on November 13, 2015 @ 3 years ago

By BONG B. FABE, Contributing Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez urged the Aquino administration to pursue its ambition of joining the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership to boost the Philippines’ development and progress. (more…)



LGUs urged to come up adaptable methods to disaster-proof villages
Read 2,663 times | Posted on November 13, 2015 @ 3 years ago

By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV, Mindanews

DAVAO City — Mindanao stakeholders are encouraged to come up with a better “plan, priority, and practice” in terms of disaster-proofing the communities to improve their adaptability to climate change and ensure food security.
At the second day of the two-day 1st Mindanao River Basin Organization Conference held at the Grand Regal Hotel on November 11 to 12, Jose Maria Lorenzo Tan, vice chairman and chief-executive-officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Philippines, told reporters that there will be more typhoons with the same or stronger intensity as Yolanda that ripped through the Central Visayas in 2013.
“Change in heat will have the change in extreme weather. Storms become stronger and stronger every year. We have seen typhoons over short period, over three typhoons every year,” he said before over 240 river basin stakeholders coming from all over Mindanao.
For the last three months, he said a shift of direction of weather patterns has been observed going towards Mindanao, an island region that used to be free from typhoons for several years.
“Mindanao has seen Pablo and it won’t be the first one,” he said.
Tan, however, added that the sea level must also be considered when bracing for disasters because the sea level for every area would vary depending on the area.
“The sea levels are not the same, sea level changes in every part of Mindanao,” he said.
In Davao City, where a jump in population is expected over the years brought about by migration from Luzon, Tan said it is important that the people should understand the concept of “biocapacity,” defined by the WWF as “the capacity of ecosystems to produce useful biological materials and to absorb waste materials generated by humans, using current management schemes and extraction technologies.”
With the rise in population, Tan also said that the food, energy, and water are interrelated and crucial in Mindanao.
“If you look at food, look at how much of this are agriculture. It is very clear that Mindanao should learn how to integrate water and energy planning,” he said.
He also pointed out that it is necessary not to push the sustainable limit of the natural resources.
For instance, he explained that local governments must look at other sources of potable water other than what is existing to possibly lessen the risks of overusing the ground surface water.
“We have to learn multi-sourced water supply option for Mindanao. We cannot do what it was, in the future,” he said.
“If we talk about planning, practice, priority, the importance is how do you encourage the private (sector) to think about careful what they wanna do,” he said.



NGCP seeks help to secure towers
Read 2,750 times | Posted on November 13, 2015 @ 3 years ago

By CRIS DIAZ
Contributing Editor

OFFICIALS of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) are seeking the assistance of the military to secure dozens of transmission towers in Mindanao.
Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP’s corporate communication head, said on Thursday that unidentified culprits tried to topple down another transmission tower in Patani, Marawi City, in Lanao Del Sur last Tuesday.
According to Ladaga, the incident caused power interruptions in some parts of Mindanao, which was restored in the afternoon of Nov. 9, after NGCP implemented temporary measures to transmit power produced by Agus 1 and Agus 2 hydropower plants to the rest of Mindanao.
She said that the incident took place eight days after three NGCP towers were filled with explosives in the same area.
While the explosion did not topple the tower, the damaged it sustained caused it to lean, putting the transmission facility in a more critical condition, Ladaga said.
She said that the NGCP has issued a public appeal to help monitor the safety of the towers so that transmission services remain uninterrupted.
Sometimes the restoration of transmission services to affected areas were likewise hampered by uncooperative landowners who are preventing NGCP from conducting much needed vegetation clearing activity, she said.
The NGCP has also repeatedly appealed to the government and the Philippine Army for assistance in resolving the escalation of security problem and right-of-way issues in Mindanao.
Ladaga said that elements of the Philippine Armed Forces are currently assisting NGCP in entering the properties of the uncooperative landowners to expedite restoration. (PNA)



How to Become a Thought Leader
Read 1,402 times | Posted on November 13, 2015 @ 3 years ago

More Power! An Entrepreneur’s Road Map to SUCCESS

bareBy BOB BARE

In our globalized economy, having a skill or two under your belt won’t help you stand out from the crowd – but being a thought leader will. Being called a thought leader is one of the highest compliments that you can get. (more…)



Aquino gov’t persecuting Christian schools
Read 1,236 times | Posted on November 13, 2015 @ 3 years ago

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

batasBy ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way that he should go, and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).
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SOMETHING SINISTER AGAINST TEACHING THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS IN RP: A group of pastors from several Born Again churches met with me on Tuesday, November 04, 2015, and they confirmed to me once more that something sinister is really going on in this country when it comes to teaching our children about the Bible, about righteousness, and about spirituality.
You see, these pastors constitute the leadership of a group called the Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines or ASCEP. Ever since I was introduced to ASCEP sometime in 2010 or thereabouts, they have been complaining about not-so-discreet attempts to persecute them, with the end in view of closing the elementary and high schools operated by their churches.
ASCEP by the way is the organization of schools owned and managed by Born Again pastors and churches. In 1996, they were given a special permit to operate by then Education Secretary Ricardo Gloria, which enabled them to put up modest schools in equally modest, if not more modest, facilities, to teach basically the children of their members.
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CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS DO A GREAT SERVICE TO COUNTRY: The objective of the schools was not just to teach what the other public and private schools had been teaching. They are also deep into teaching spirituality, righteousness, and Biblical principles, particularly the lives of Biblical characters whose unwavering faith in God allowed them to triumph at all cost, which is something that has been removed from mainstream education in our country.
These Christian schools, which have banded together and formed ASCEP, provide great help to the government in terms of decongesting the already-burgeoning public and private school system, precisely because children who enrolled with them no longer join the millions who jam public and private schools every school opening.
Then, too, Christian schools tremendously contribute to the molding of law-abiding and God-fearing citizens, not only among the children who are taught by them the teachings of God in the Bible, but also the parents of their children who are encouraged to study the Word of God, too, so they can continue providing spiritual guidance to their kids even at home.
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AQUINO GOV’T PERSECUTING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS: So, one would think that the government, particularly the Aquino government, should be doing all it can to help these Christian schools to thrive and to succeed in their operations, correct? The answer should of course be a resounding “yes”. Unfortunately, however, the education officials of the Aquino government are doing the reverse.
Instead of helping the Christian schools, the Aquino government is persecuting them. Right now, for instance, the Department of Education under Catholic priest Bro. Armin Luistro, is refusing to honor the special permit given by then Sec. Gloria to the Christian schools for them to operate, excluding them from its list of accredited schools. What is more, the DepEd is refusing to recognize the graduates of these Christian schools.
Luistro should be reminded that there are laws in the Philippines, including the Constitution itself, that safeguard the teaching of religion to elementary and high school students. He should therefore reconsider his stand against Born Again Christian schools, and allow them to continue operating under the permit given to them by Gloria.
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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK (For ANDKNK, look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: [email protected]



How to Appeal to Emotion and Logic in Your Messages
Read 1,233 times | Posted on November 11, 2015 @ 3 years ago

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bareBy BOB BARE

People prefer to believe they make their important decisions rationally, based on logical reasons and comparisons of options. But in fact, emotion is a powerful motivator behind human action – fear, desire, pleasure, envy. How do effective messages combine emotion and logic to persuade and motivate the audience to action? A logical, persuasive message may confirm the reader’s choice of your product, but emotion is the motivation to action.
A reader may have been thinking for some time about an important decision, such as consulting a financial planner for advice. But when you connect the reader with the sense of security that comes from having his finances in order, it will help him move forward with an appointment. Whatever you’re selling, when you make an emotional impact, you increase the likelihood that your audience will think it’s important to implement this solution now.
Use loaded language in product descriptions that assume the specific emotional content in a product or action. Words such as “delightful,” “simple” or “sleek styling” tap into emotions. As the reader identifies with the feeling, they are more likely to accept the message and to take action based on it.
Use language that refers to basic needs, it brings the subject close to the reader’s own life. Love, security, health, money – these are core concerns that grab people’s attention. What effect does your product have on the things your reader cares about the most? Two other important methods are related to the emotional support people seek from others for their decisions: First, knowing that many other people have already chosen this decision is compelling – this is known as the “bandwagon” effect or social proof. So include testimonials of people like them so that they can get a sense that they are not alone and can expect results from their decision.
Another social message comes from “snob appeal,” connecting with the desire of the target audience to be better than others – more stylish, wealthier, more athletic or smarter than the average person. If you can create a sense of prestige or allure around your product or service, you’ll have more people seeking after it.
Once you’ve reached your audience on an emotional level, it’s time to bring in the logic: help them understand why your product or service is a good choice, a rational choice. While hooking them emotionally is critical, you can’t close the deal until they’re convinced it’s a logical choice as well. Regardless of the message medium – traditional marketing, blogs, social media, articles, or books – remember to appeal to both emotions and logic for a hard-hitting message that gets results.
How do YOU appeal emotionally and logically to your audience?



Corruption in Sports
Read 2,269 times | Posted on November 11, 2015 @ 3 years ago

HAVE MY SAY

klaus doringBy KLAUS DORING

When I was young (!), I really enjoyed being in active sports. Gymnastics (here especially doing exercises on the horizontal bar/rings/mat) and handball. Till today, sports is still an important topic for me.
Unfortunately, corruptions in sports is getting more and more worst. Right now, world athletics braces for new doping scandals. The head of world athletics has said the sport faces a long road to rebuild trust.I am pretty sure it will be a very long and winding road. A report to be released within this week – investigating bribery, extortion and a doping cover-up in track and field.
Ahead of what could be a damning report into corruption and doping in world athletics, the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said yesterday (Sunday, November 8, 2015) that the sport would have to reform and rebuild trust.
“I’m angry about the position our sport is in today. I’m shocked, I’m angered and dismayed. These are dark days,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe told AP. “We shouldn’t kid ourselves,” he added. “It’s going to be a long way back to rebuilding trust.”
The comments come as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is set to release this report. Especially Russia is again making headlines. The report was triggered by a documentary on Germany’s national broadcaster ARD (Allgemeine Rundfunkanstalten Deutschlands) already last December, which alleged widespread doping in athletics and some other summer and winter Olympic sports. The documentary hit Russia particularly hard, implicating Russian sports and anti-doping officials of bribery, covering up positive doping tests, falsifying tests and supplying banned drugs.
The Moscow lab implicated in the cover-up did testing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi and is slated to do anti-doping when Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup. Moscow hosted the track and field world championships in 2013.
Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer who is on the three member inquiry team, said the report will be “a real game-changer for sport.” “This is a whole different scale of corruption than the FIFA scandal or the IOC scandal in respect to Salt Lake City,” McLaren said in comments published by Western University in Canada, where he teaches law.
McLaren said that the corruption is more significant than the scandal that hit FIFA because match fixing in football didn’t actually impact the World Cup results.
Of course, unlike the FIFA where one have a bunch of old men who put a whole lot of extra money in their pockets, here you potentially have a bunch of old men who put a whole lot of extra money in their pockets – through extortion and bribes – but also caused significant changes to actual results and final standings of international athletics competitions.
Everybody, who is still in or with sports wants to know and see which way the winds blows … .
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The Bible is a powerful healer
Read 932 times | Posted on November 11, 2015 @ 3 years ago

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

batasBy ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart…” (Hebrews 4:12, the Holy Bible).
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TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID FOOD POISONING: Food poisoning is again back in the news, as reports from Bgy. Vicente, Banga, South Cotabato, named nine people who ate cake from a relative’s birthday party Sunday night (November 08, 2015) fell ill, all of them getting dizzy and afflicted with vomiting.
They are said to have already been restored in good health, but, as Christmas season is approaching, some reminders are in order to avoid being poisoned. First, always thank God for the food and drinks that are to be eaten and drank. Thanking God for the food and drinks means we acknowledge the generosity of God towards us.
Then, we should also ask that the food and drinks we will be eating and drinking should become the body and blood of Jesus, our God and Savior, in accordance with His command. We are told that if we ask that the food and drinks we eat and drink become the body and blood of Jesus, sickness will not afflict us, allowing us to live longer lives.
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THE BIBLE IS A POWERFUL HEALER: I commiserate with the family of former movie actress Amalia Fuentes, who was reported to have suffered a stroke the other week while she was vacationing in South Korea, causing her to be ill and bedridden. I can also understand the family’s appeal for prayers for her, to ask for divine intervention towards her healing.
That notwithstanding, I have a suggestion: Amalia’s family should endeavor to read the Bible to her while she is fighting for her life. The Bible itself confirms, in its Romans 1:16, that it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believes in Him. Then, the Word of God can enter the deepest parts of our bodies, where our bones and marrows and our souls and spirits separate.
This means the Word of God alone is a powerful and potent medicine. It can heal, it can strengthen our feeble bones and flesh, and can even cleanse our soul and spirit of our sinful nature. Of course, medicines and doctors can help, but it is actually God who holds each flesh and each drop of our blood in our bodies. Because He loves us so much, He is going to heal us!
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FOR A TRULY HONEST 2016 ELECTION, FILIPINOS MUST READ THE BIBLE: In fact, it we wish to have a really honest, orderly, and peaceful elections, we can also turn to the Bible. If our people will only humble themselves and pray, and seek God through His Word, and turn away from their sins, then God will listen from heaven, forgive our sins, and remove the curses in our lives.
If Filipinos will only care to discern what the Bible is saying about who should we install as our officials, particularly those who are to assume power in 2016, and obey the requirements laid down by it for choosing our leaders, it is a certainty that only the truly godly will be elected.
If the godly and those who truly fear and love God will be installed as our officials, graft and corruption in government will stop. Abusive officials will be gone in a flash, and our people will be imbued with a new sense of hope for a truly better and greater Philippines.
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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK (For ANDKNK, look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: [email protected]



Legal recourse sought vs expensive contracts
Read 2,718 times | Posted on November 11, 2015 @ 3 years ago

By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

A COALITION of power advocacy groups will bring to court power distributors who have entered into power supply contracts without bidding. (more…)

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