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Vietnamese Father & Son Chose to Live in the Forest Since 1972

Father and Son Who Survived the Viet War 40 yrs ago

Father and son who fled during the Vietnamese war 40 years ago have been coaxed from their hut deep in the forest. In the photo, Ho Van Lang, now 42, is wearing loincloth made from tree barks. The father, 82 years old Ho Van Thanh, then a communist soldier is already frail and has to be carried in a hammock. Thanh ran and took his then 2 years old boy after an American bombing transpired in central Quang Ngai province back in 1972, where he also witnessed the death of his mother and two other children.

In 2004, Thanh’s younger son already taken the pair back to the village but they cannot adapt and choose to fled back to their forest home. There, they would forage and plant corn. The younger son will then visit annually to bring their necessities. But locals started spotting the pair up and reported them back to the authorities.

Local official Hoang Anh Ngoc told the media that “The son is afraid of the crowds. He will not talk to strangers… but he talks inside their family.” The official also assured that the government is also to spend $2,300 to build the men home and facilitate Thanh’s medical condition.

Typhoon Labuyo

Storm Utor or Labuyo

As of 11:00 am today, Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ continues to intensify as it nears Northern Philippines specifically the Luzon area. It now has an expected 150 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum winds—up from 140—and last spotted 160 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 270 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte. With this huge change, PAG-ASA raised storm signal number 3 in Catanduanes along with the Camarines provinces, the Northern Quezon Province, Polilio Island, Aurora and Isabela.

labuyo typhoon

labuyo typhoon


Signal number 2 is also up in:

Albay
Sorsogon
Rizal
Rest of Quezon
Laguna
Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Quirino
Nueva Viscaya
Benguet
Ifugao
Mt. Province
Kalinga
Cagayan

While signal number 1 is up in:

Metro Manila
Babuyan Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Apayao
Abra
La Union
Pangasinan
Tarlac
Zambales
Pampanga
Bataan
Cavite
Batangas
Marinduque
Burias and Ticao Islands
Northern Samar

EARTHQUAKE • TORNADO • WINTER STORM

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services–water, gas, electricity or telephones–were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

Families can – and do– cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Follow the steps listed below to create your family’s disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

4 Steps to Safety

1
Find Out What Could Happen to You
• Contact your Barangay Office, Philippine Red Cross chapter or Lifeline’s hotline 16-911. Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen.
Request information on how to prepare for each.
• Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
• Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s
school and other places where your family spends time.

2
Create a Disaster Plan
• Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children.
Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
• Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case. Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere – at work, at school, in the car. How will you find each
other? Will you know if your children are safe?
• Pick two places to meet:
1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number of the meeting place.
• Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.
• Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.

3
Complete This Checklist

Conduct a home hazard hunt. Check for ordinary objects that can cause injury. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential home hazard and should be inspected regularly. Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit. Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
 Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room. Find the safe spots in your home for
each type of disaster. Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
Teach children how and when to call 16-911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
 Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
 Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
 Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it’s kept.
 Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near

4
Practice and Maintain Your Plan
• Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Jan ___ Feb ___ Mar ___ Apr ___
May___ Jun ___ Jul ___ Aug ___
Sept ___ Oct ___ Nov ___ Dec ___
Change batteries in _________ each year.
(month)
• Quiz your kids and household help every six months so they remember what to do.
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
• Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
• Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Disaster Supplies Kit

Keep enough supplies in your home to last for at least three days. Assemble items you may need in an evacuation. Store supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or plastic trash cans with lids. Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller kit in the trunk of your car.
Include in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could
work together after a disaster until help arrives. If you’re a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a
home association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors’
special skills (ie, medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as
disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can’t get home.
 A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil.
 One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
 A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications.
 An extra set of car keys and a credit card or cash.
 Emergency tools including a battery powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
 Sanitation supplies.
 Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
 An extra pair of glasses.
Evacuate immediately if told to do so:
• Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
• Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
• Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
• Lock your home.
• Use travel routes specified by local authorities — don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
If you’re sure you have time:
• Shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.
• Post a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
• Make arrangements for your pets.
Evacuation
If Disaster Strikes
Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action…
• Check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
• Listen to your battery powered radio for news and instructions.
• Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
Check for damage in your home. . .
• Use flashlights — do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.
• Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.
• Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
• Shut off any other damaged utilities.
• Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable
liquids immediately.
Remember to. . .
• Confine or secure your pets.
• Call your family contact— do not use the telephone again unless it is a
life-threatening emergency.
• Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
• Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
For medical emergencies, dial
Lifeline Rescue’s 24-hour Hotline: 16-911

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 263 posts. There were 147 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 13th with 400 views. The most popular post that day was Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight!.

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for 2012 end of the world, stage design, eid al fitr, concert stage design, and perseid meteor shower.

Attractions in 2010

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Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight! August 2009

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7 reasons the world will end in 2012- is this true?? August 2008

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Found this interesting post for January 4, 2011 in the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines – Home.

 

MANILA, Philippines—Sophisticated transnational drug-trafficking syndicates—including a West African group using overseas Filipino workers as couriers—remain the biggest challenge to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other agencies involved in the campaign against illegal drugs, according to a report from the US State Department.

From only three in 2008, the number of foreign-based drug organizations operating in the Philippines has increased to nine, according to the department’s 2010 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.

“The West African drugs syndicate continues to infiltrate the Philippines with their operations. There is an increase in the recruitment of OFWs to smuggle cocaine and heroin in and out of the country,” said the report which was posted on the website of the US embassy in Manila.

These drug couriers “smuggle and transport illegal drugs to China, Malaysia and Vietnam. Several Filipinos, mostly women, are jailed abroad for drug trafficking and face severe prison sentences, including the death penalty in countries such as China,” it also said.

Billion-dollar industry

The report noted that although the Philippines is not a regional financial center, the illegal drug trade in the country has evolved into a billion-dollar industry, valued at over $8.4 billion (about P368.2 billion) a year.

It said the illegal drug industry here is fueled by foreign-organized criminal activities from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan; insurgency groups that partially fund their activities through local crime and the trafficking of narcotics and arms, engaging in money laundering through ties to organized crime; and the proceeds of official or bureaucratic corruption which are also a source of laundered funds.

“Wholesale quantities of crystal methamphetamine (commonly known as shabu) are smuggled into the Philippines and continues to be manufactured clandestinely in the country,” the State Department said.

“Precursor chemicals are smuggled into the country from China, India and Taiwan through international airports, seaports, the mails, as well as via large unpatrolled expanses of the Philippine coastline,” it said.

PH transshipment point

Traffickers take advantage of the Philippines’ long and porous maritime borders to use the country as a transit point for high-grade cocaine and heroin shipments, primarily originating from India and Pakistan, the report said.

Chinese and Taiwanese remain the most influential foreign drug-trafficking groups in the Philippines and control domestic methamphetamine production, the State Department said.

Their chemists continue to establish clandestine laboratories in the Philippines for the manufacture of methamphetamine, it said.

“These traffickers typically produce methamphetamine in relatively small-scale clandestine meth labs commonly referred to as ‘kitchen-type’ labs, which more easily avoid detection by law enforcement authorities,” it said.

Shabu “ranks first in availability and remains the primary drug of choice in the Philippines,” where approximately 95 percent of arrested drug users are addicted to the illegal drug.

According to the 2009 United Nations World Drug Report, the Philippines “ranks fifth in the world in terms of methamphetamine hydrochloride seizures in the last 10 years and has remained a significant source of high-potency crystalline methamphetamine used both domestically and exported to locations in East and Southeast Asia and Oceania.”

The Philippines is also a primary source of shabu for Hawaii and Guam, said the US State Department.

But it noted that “intensified nationwide counter-narcotics operations by Philippine law enforcement agencies have apparently contributed to a reduction in drug supply, inasmuch as drug prices have been erratic in areas of increased enforcement.”

Law enforcement efforts

The Philippine government was cited for making anti-narcotics law enforcement one of its top priorities, with law enforcement agencies such as PDEA, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Customs actively pursuing counter-narcotics enforcement operations.

But though each agency is diligent in its efforts to carry out its mission, “their efforts are hampered by a lack of inter-agency cooperation at higher levels. Severe budgetary constraints also restrict operations and training,” it said.

PDEA, for instance, “remains too small to address the entire nation’s problems with the trafficking and sale of illicit drugs. It currently relies on other agencies for personnel assistance.”

“However, PDEA has established stronger regulatory guidelines and practices, and if provided necessary resources, should continue to develop into an effective drug enforcement agency,” it said.

The PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force “has been an effective drug law enforcement unit and scored several successes in 2009,” according to the State Department.

NBI’s small role

Compared with the PDEA and PNP, the NBI “has played a smaller role in drug enforcement due to its very limited manpower and multi-mission focus. However, its investigative and technical expertise is vital to the overall Philippine counter-narcotics efforts, especially in more complex investigations,” the US agency said.

The State Department said Washington plans to continue working with the Philippine government in the “training of anti-narcotics personnel, intelligence-gathering and infrastructure development.”

“Strengthening bilateral counter-narcotics relationship serves the national interests of both the US and the Philippines,” it added. –Jerry E. Esplanada, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Miss Philippines Venus Raj takes the Philippines to the top 10 of the prestigious Miss Universe 2010 as of posting. It is not certain if she is already aware of what is happening in her country but she knows that her best friend, Melody Gersbach died last Saturday in a vehicle accident. She was shaken of the news but still holds out pretty nicely. Taking her country to top 10 proves how strong and courageous the young Filipina is.

We hope she wins because the Philippines needs her in promoting the country after what happened at the Quirino Grandstand yesterday. As we await the top 5, we also hope for the peace in the country and the world.

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