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From enchanted to disconnected EDITORIAL 07/03/2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

From enchanted to disconnected

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07/03/2011
Matching Noynoy’s promises, particularly his vow to uplift the lives of Filipinos by spending judiciously and the actual situation under his administration is a study in contrast.

One of the new promises he dished out during his speech marking his first year in office was to make the country self-sufficient in rice, the staple food of the now 90 million Filipinos within two years.

The vow was an appeal for support among Filipinos in as much as it targets a solid gut issue, the availability of food in the Filipino table.

Near the end of his first year in office, rating agencies released surveys showing the approval and trust ratings of Noynoy slipping to the low 70 percentage from the previous mid-80 as many noticed his disconnect with the problems the nation is facing..... MORE

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Wrong is right? FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 07/03/2011

Wrong is right?

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
07/03/2011
Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte’s act of punching the sheriff who was merely there to implement a court order to demolish some squatter shanties brought about a lot of reactions, especially in social media.

But before focusing on these reactions, Duterte claimed she had asked for a two-hour extension for the enforcement of a demolition order because she was attending to flood relief work and that a riot was already taking place at the demolition scene when she arrived.

Duterte said she lost her cool because she already gave clear instructions about the extension.

The point is not whether or not she came in late, or whether she had asked for an extension, the fact is that she had absolutely no right at all to punch the sheriff who was merely implementing a legal court order..... MORE

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Caviar makes itself at home in the oil-rich UAE desert focus 07/03/2011

Caviar makes itself at home in the oil-rich UAE desert

focus

07/03/2011
ABU DHABI — Far away from the Caspian Sea, sturgeon are raised in ponds cooled in the heart of the Gulf desert of Abu Dhabi, carrying in their wombs a form of black gold strange to these countries — caviar.

Production of the desert-grown caviar will begin later this year and by 2012, consumers in the oil-rich Gulf region will begin savoring the “food of the kings.”

“Abu Dhabi is an ideal location for distribution of the world’s growing markets for high-quality caviar and sturgeon fillet. In fact, in the UAE alone, demand is around 14 tons per year,” said Robert Harper, group commercial director at the Royal Caviar Company.

The first stock of fish was brought in to the United Arab Emirates from Germany and the factory, which will breed its own fish in future, aims eventually to produce 35 tons of caviar per year..... MORE

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KKK VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 07/03/2011

KKK

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
07/03/2011
What is meant to stand for nobility and bravery, for group sacrifice and national redemption, now forwards vanity, shame and profanity in national leadership and governance.

This big misfortune of the Philippines becomes even more painful and distressing during these days when a well-known national hero is being given a special remembrance and proper tribute — a historical figure who has brought proper honor and legitimate pride to be the Filipinos as a people inspired by the genuine KKK. On the other hand, there is now the false and malevolent KKK that is leading the nation to perdition and bringing the people top exasperation..... MORE

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Malice in blunderland TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 07/03/2011

Malice in blunderland

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
07/03/2011
Since when was receiving a charity grant in whatever form from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) a violation of whatever law? Why pound on a few bishops who could have their own particular reasons for requesting a “pajero” quality kind of vehicles when there are myriads of other procurers, including some solons and other religious sects queuing up in the PCSO Charity offices. Besides why hit on the bishops when all they did was to request; the PCSO could have said no. Investigate the Arroyo PCSO and not the bishops! The PCSO should distinguish between a donation and a bribe! Are the juicy positions offered to some religious sects in exchange for electoral or advocacy support also a form of donation or bribe?

Government agencies since time immemorial have been donating in various capacities to religious Catholic groups for different charitable or noble purposes. A few years back, the Senate investigated some few millions donated by Pagcor to the Archdiocese of Cebu to finance a trip to Rome to attend the beatification of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. And cut all my fingers in a dare that other religious groups in the name of charity also have received millions from such agency..... MORE

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50 years after death, Hemingway lives on in Cuba FEATURE 07/03/2011

50 years after death, Hemingway lives on in Cuba

FEATURE

07/03/2011
HAVANA — A daiquiri at the Floridita, a mojito at the Bodeguita del Medio and an afternoon at Finca Vigia is the obligatory ritual for enthusiasts arriving in Cuba to honor the 50th anniversary of American writer Ernest Hemingway’s death.

In Cuba, devotees can walk in the footsteps of the Nobel Prize-winning author at destinations dedicated to Hemingway’s life on the island.

In Old Havana, the Hotel Ambos Mundos offers a tour of the room where Hemingway spent the first months of his 21 years in Cuba, between 1939 and 1960.

In the center of the small room, a typewriter sits as a throne while a sheet of white paper rests in the carriage. The writer’s glasses and a drawing pencil wait on the table and a fisherman’s vest and bullfighters jacket hang in the dresser. Books and magazines rest on the bed..... MORE

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No concrete Palace plan for ‘Saudization’ victims 07/03/2011

No concrete Palace plan for ‘Saudization’ victims

07/03/2011
The estimated 150,000 overseas domestic workers who are in danger of losing their jobs in Saudi Arabia should not expect any immediate help from the Aquino administration as Malacañang yesterday failed to offer any concrete alternative reemployment plan for them.

All that deputy presidential spokesman Abegail Valte could offer was a wild guess that somehow, other countries would be willing to absorb overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) facing displacement by the “Saudization” policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

But if not, Valte surmised that the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) can provide them with livelihood through the so-called “Balik-Pinay!Balik-Hanapbuhay!” project which is basically a livelihood assistance and training program that is not guaranteed to provide a quick solution to the problem besetting the beleaguered OFWs.

This project for returning OFWs is basically a training and assistance for food processing, garments, beauty shops or computer shops..... MORE

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Noy-Church friction grows over PCSO row By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 07/03/2011

PALACE VOWS TO CHARGE BISHOPS; PRELATES CLAIM SMEAR JOB

Noy-Church friction grows over PCSO row

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 07/03/2011

The rift between the Aquino administration and the Catholic Church that started from heated debates on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill appears to have widened as the Palace vowed yesterday to file criminal charges against Church leaders who received luxury vehicles from the state lottery firm Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office while bishops cried of being unfairly attacked by the government.

Archbishop Fernando Capalla insisted lottery donations to the church were used to help victims of natural disasters and the poor.

It’s against the law and a violation of the Constitution for Catholic bishops to receive donations coming from government funds, according to deputy presidential spokesman Abegail Valte, as she pointed out that criminal charges are awaiting the priests who received Pajeros from the administration of former
President through the PCSO.

Archbishop Fernando Arguelles denounced the allegations as a smear to damage the reputation of the church, whose leaders are courted by politicians as they help shape public opinion..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110703hed1.html

100 OFWs from Jordan will come home this month By Mina Diaz 07/03/2011

100 OFWs from Jordan will come home this month

By Mina Diaz 07/03/2011
Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) announced yesterday that 100 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), most of them household service workers who are being sheltered at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Amman, Jordan, will finally come home to the Philippines this July.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz made the announcement of the mass repatriation of the OFWs after the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan recently approved its General Pardon Law of 2011 clearing all criminal and misdemeanor offenses, violations and acts that took place before June 1, 2011 and exempting offenders from the payment of fees and fines for specific cases..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110703nat2.html

DoLE chief calls on employers of clear policy over sexual harassment 07/03/2011

DoLE chief calls on employers of clear policy over sexual harassment

07/03/2011
Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz yesterday called on employers to provide clear policies against sexual harassment in their workplaces to prevent such incidence from disrupting workers’ efficiency and productivity.

Baldoz made the call following the complaint of five restaurant workers who alleged that their manager made sexual advances on them and committed unfair treatment regarding the application of leaves and work schedule.

The DoLE chief cited a report from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), which showed that the complainants sought the intervention of the NCMB in their complaint against a manager of the Toki Japanese Fusion and Fine Dining Restaurant in Binangonan, Rizal, who allegedly committed sexual harassment and unfair treatment against them.

“After a series of conciliation and mediation conferences, the parties agreed to measures that settled their dispute,” Baldoz said, as she reiterated the call against sexual harassment at the workplace..... MORE

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DPWH chief says metropolis not ready for another ‘Ondoy’ 07/03/2011

DPWH chief says metropolis not ready for another ‘Ondoy’

07/03/2011
Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson has said the country’s infrastructure system is not ready to withstand another super typhoon similar to “Ondoy.”

“Our drainage system is not designed for (similar typhoons like) Ondoy...the drainage standard we have now is only good for 15 years,” Singson said at a press briefing in Quezon City recently.

In 2009, typhoon Ondoy dumped rains equivalent of a month of rainfall in just few hours.

Singson said if this happens again, heavily-silted drainage in Metro Manila are not capable of holding such amount of water..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110703met1.html

NBI to implement Biometric Clearance System starting July 4 By Pat C. Santos 07/03/2011

NBI to implement Biometric Clearance System starting July 4

By Pat C. Santos 07/03/2011
In an attempt to upgrade and further improve its services, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has announced the implementation of the Biometric Clearance System (BCS) starting July 4 after it suspended the processing of NBI Clearances for three days last July 1 to 3.

NBI spokesman lawyer Cecilio Zamora disclosed they had terminated their contract with the former service provider Mega Data Corp. to give way to the transition period or the preparation for the entry of its contracted service provider, the Strategic and Comprehensive Consultants Inc., which is a joint venture of Real Time Data Management Services Inc. which won the awards from NBI Bids and Awards Committee..... MORE

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