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Archive for March, 2007

The Sewage Tsunami Reported by The Belmont Club

Posted by Editor on 31st March 2007

Click Here to Read this excellent article at THE BELMONT CLUB

The Sewage Tsunami

Just when you thought life couldn’t get worse, it does. In 2000 a literal mountain of garbage collapsed on scavengers at a dump site near the Philippine legislative building burying about 300 people. According to a BBC article “Rescuers in the Philippines say they fear more than 300 people could have died in Monday’s rubbish dump collapse on the outskirts of Manila. So far more than 125 bodies have been pulled from the avalanche of rubbish and mud which swept away the flimsy wooden homes of scavengers who worked on the tip.” So what could be worse than dying a garbage avalanche? Well, what about drowning in a sewage tsunami? Pajamas Media links to the story:

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Peru seeks RP partnership in IT, agro-industry, tourism

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo has urged the Philippines for joint business partnership in IT, agro-industry, fishing and tourism stressing these are labor-intensive industries that would help both developing countries reduce poverty.

Toledo, who came from a poor family, earned an MBA at Harvard and served as World Bank economist and steered the economy of Peru out from poverty, said that bilateral trade has been very low with annual bilateral trade averaging million in the past few years despite the several similarities of both countries.

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Hijacked plane lands at Khartoum airport

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

KHARTOUM, Sudan – A plane hijacked while flying from Libya to Sudan has landed at Khartoum airport where authorities are negotiating with the hijacker, a Sudan Airways official at the airport said Friday.

The official said the plane was taken over by a single hijacker, but he did not know the hijacker’s nationality, motivations or what he was armed with.

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Military releases P31M to repair air strip in Pagasa Island

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 10:03am (Mla time) 03/30/2007

PAGASA ISLAND, Kalayaan, Philippines — The military has released P31 million for the rehabilitation of the air strip here located in the disputed Spratlys chain in the South China Sea, which officials want to develop as a tourist spot.

The amount is enough only for the eastern portion of the air strip and additional funding is needed for the western part, Defense Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said in an interview with reporters here.

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South Cotabato intensifies monitoring and surveillance of bird flu

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

by Edgar B. dela Cruz/Aida C. Agad

Koronadal, South Cotabato (30 March) — The South Cotabato Provincial Veterinary office had intensified its monitoring and surveillance efforts to avert the possible outbreak of bird flu in the province and other neighboring places hoping to overturn the forecast made by experts that “the Philippines will be affected by this dreaded disease in 2007.”

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Lorna Lamorena said that their office is now busy monitoring and conducting an intensified surveillance in some areas of the province that are most accessible to migratory birds and that may be infected with bird flu, aside from giving services and technical assistance that would strengthen the immune system of animals in said areas.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) reported that the current status of Avian Influenza worldwide indicates that out of 79 cases in Indonesia 61 human deaths were recorded and considered highest among Asian countries.

Dr. Lamorena stressed “it is quiet alarming here in the province because there has yet no reported Avian Influenza outbreak in the Philippines and here now comes the forecast that in year 2007 Avian Influenza will affect the entire country.” With this, the government has now prioritized the extensive monitoring and surveillance of wildlife migration, habitat of migratory birds and their movements and other possible areas prone to this disease.

Lamorena, however assured that so far there’s yet no reported incursion or incidence of Avian Influenza in the province based on the blood samples of birds which are earlier suspected to be infected with the virus. These samples submitted to the Bureau of Animal Industry last January 2007 for laboratory test yield negative result. This, however did not leave the provincial veterinary office to be complacent as collective efforts are still focused on the prevention of the outbreak in the province to dispel people’s alarm that this 2007 we might be inflicted by this dreaded disease.

Dr. Lamorena also explained that Bird Flu or Avian Influenza or H5N1 does not apply to human. “When you say bird flu it is a disease of fowl. The disease of human is Human Influenza or H5H1. You can not get sick with bird flu but with Human Influenza.”

Reports show that the bird flu or avian influenza (H5N1) has spread in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa since it was initially reported in late 2003. Accordingly, this is characterized by high mortality and morbidity in poultry, fatal cases in humans and several other mammalian species and wild birds. Over 240 million poultry have been killed or culled. 258 human cases were reported infected and 153 have died.

Why has this situation emerged? Population of chickens has exploded in Asia, population of ducks have increased significantly especially in East and Southeast Asia. People have become more mobile and with that transport of animals moved faster, so birds move more quickly and further. Expansion of industrial production has not been accompanied by compliance with necessary sanitary biosafety standards.

What has been achieved? A lot of training has already been undertaken and capacity in the field of laboratories strengthened. Big efforts made in public education and continued collaboration between agencies had improved notably. The HPAI epidemic has proved to be an opportunity to get some generic support to strengthen animal health services. It is no longer galloping epidemic as in 2004. Many “free” countries have contingency plans and so are in better shape to deal with the incursion than before. Some countries have reduced the disease to splutter in the background or eliminated it by stamping out and have control programs in place that appear to continually dampen disease right down as monitoring continues. (PIA 12)

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Cambodia bans text messaging ahead of polls

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – SMS text messaging has been banned in Cambodia over the weekend amid fears of political unrest as the country votes for local government administrators, election officials said Friday.

The announcement came on the final day of campaigning before the Sunday polls, as thousands of ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) supporters rallied in the capital Phnom Penh, snarling traffic for hours.

“Most people are using cell phones which can receive campaign messages from political parties. On these two days, the environment must be quiet, according to the law,” the National Election Committee said in a statement.

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