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State, private hospitals on alert for New Year’s Eve revelry By Joel C. Atencio December 31, 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

State, private hospitals on alert for New Year’s Eve revelry

By Joel C. Atencio
December 31, 2010, 1:14am
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel of government-run and private hospitals nationwide were placed on Thursday on alert for firecracker-related injuries and other emergencies as the nation joins the world in welcoming the New Year on Friday.

The Department of Health (DOH) issued this announcement a few days after it launched an all-out drive against the sale and use of firecrackers through its “Kontra Paputok Campaign.".... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295713/state-private-hospitals-alert-new-year-s-eve-revelry

Expect 'extremely wet' weather in 2011 – Pagasa By ELLALYN B. DE VERA December 30, 2010

Expect 'extremely wet' weather in 2011 – Pagasa

By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
December 30, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Thursday warned of “extremely wet” weather conditions in 2011, mainly due to climate change.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Dr. Graciano Yumul, also PAGASA’s officer-in-charge, said the effects of climate change have been evident in the country causing sea level rise and excessive moisture and rain..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295640/expect-extremely-wet-weather-2011-pagasa

China shuts down 60,000 pornographic websites Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

China shuts down 60,000 pornographic websites
Friday, 31 December 2010

China said Thursday that authorities had shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites as part of a year-long crackdown on lewd online content, as Beijing moves to tighten control over the Internet. "By the end of November, we had inspected 1.8 million websites, and closed down more than 60,000 unsound websites that spread porn," Wang Chen, minister for the press office of the State Council, China's cabinet, told reporters.

He added that authorities had jailed 58 people for at least five years in the crackdown on lewd online and mobile phone content that was launched in December last year..... MORE

SourceManila Times

URL: http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/tech-times/36730-china-shuts-down-60000-pornographic-websites

Denmark, Sweden foil ‘Mumbai-style’ massacre plot Friday, 31 December 2010

Denmark, Sweden foil ‘Mumbai-style’ massacre plot

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

COPENHAGEN: Denmark and Sweden said on Wednesday that they had foiled a “Mumbai-style” plot by Islamic extremists to massacre the staff of a Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Denmark’s PET intelligence service said that five suspects had been arrested and a submachine gun seized, preventing an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.... MORE
SourceManila Times

URL: http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/component/content/article/42-rokstories/36737-denmark-sweden-foil-mumbai-style-massacre-plot

2.2-M Filipinos consume NFA rice, NSO says December 31, 2010

2.2-M Filipinos consume NFA rice, NSO says

December 31, 2010, 1:17am
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - Middle and upper class Filipino families are consuming more National Food Authority (NFA) rice than the poor households, according to the National Statistics Office.

The NSO said there were 1.07 million Filipino households under the upper 70 percent of the Philippine population consumed NFA rice in 2006.

These middle and upper class Filipino families consumed an average of 273 kilogram (kg) per year..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295714/22m-filipinos-consume-nfa-rice-nso-says

Group wary of 'downtrend' in OFW Mideast deployment By ROY C. MABASA December 31, 2010

Group wary of 'downtrend' in OFW Mideast deployment

By ROY C. MABASA
December 31, 2010, 2:45pm
MANILA, Philippines — Certain labor market reforms being implemented by host countries particularly those in the Middle East next year will result in continued “downtrend’ in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2011.

This, according to Migrante-Middle East as it echoed the same declaration earlier issued by both the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that from January to October this year a total of 1.079 million OFWs were deployed compared with 1.112 million during the same period of 2009..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295769/group-wary-downtrend-ofw-mideast-deployment

Salceda places Albay under state of calamity; urges PAGASA to device warning system for ITCZ By Mar S. Arguelles December 31, 2010

Salceda places Albay under state of calamity; urges PAGASA to device warning system for ITCZ

By Mar S. Arguelles
December 31, 2010, 1:10am
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (PNA) - Albay Gov. Joey Salceda urges the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) to device a warning system for inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), giving it a name and levels of warning system similar to the warning system issued during tropical depressions and typhoons signals.

Salceda, Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) chairman, said the proposal would make disaster authorities completely evaluate the impacts of the ITCZ in terms of rainfall content and other parameters..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295709/salceda-places-albay-under-state-calamity-urges-pagasa-device-warning-system-itcz

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