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- -02-24-06 Emergency Declared in the Philippines (BBC News)
"Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has declared a state of national emergency, after the army said it had prevented an attempted coup." 02-06
- Worst Storm Ever Hits the Philippines (NBC News)
"The scope of the most powerful storm ever to make landfall was slowly revealing itself in the Philippines, where at least seven people were confirmed dead after Typhoon Haiyan swept the Pacific islands."
- Philippines (Lonely Planet)
Provides information about the people, land, history, and culture. Sometimes visitors misspell as Phillipines, Philipines, or Phillippines. 10-01
- Rulers by Country - P-R (Schulz)
Provides a list of leaders by country and date. Palau, Panama, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation (USSR), and Rwanda. leaders, rulers, Presidents, and Prime Ministers 9-00
- Pope Benedict XVI - Challenges for the New Pope (CNN News)
" 'One issue that the new pope should face is the problem on terrorism and the reasons for its being,' said Fernando Flores of the Philippines. 'I hope that the new pope may cause its downfall the way Pope John Paul II did with communism -- in a way that speaks with love, understanding and non-violence.' "
"Another common theme was the problem of poverty and addressing the economic divide between the developed world and the third world. This issue could be a critical one for the next pope, as church attendance has dropped off in the United States and Europe in recent decades and the Catholic Church has seen most of its recent growth come in Africa and Latin America."
" 'The next pope's biggest problem, I think, is the secularization of the developed world. Europeans are turning away from religion altogether. A new chapter will begin in the religious world with the election of a new pope,' wrote Aaron Kinney, from Los Angeles, California. 'Will he bring Europe back to religion or will Europe continue to snub the church?' " 4-05
- Off-Shoring High-Level Professionals (The Wall Street Journal)
"The list of jobs being affected by the movement of U.S. work to lower-cost countries around the world is growing. American companies have shipped computer-programming and call-center jobs to educated workers in India, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere for the past decade. Now, workers in a wide range of other fields, from accountants to electrical engineers, are discovering that their jobs aren't immune from offshore outsourcing." 06-06
- History of Halloween (Wikipedia.org)
"Halloween is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other treats. It is celebrated in parts of the Western world, most commonly in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Puerto Rico, and with increasing popularity in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Philippines."
- Fishermen Catch Rare Megamouth Shark, Then Eat It (CBS News)
"Fishermen in the Philippines accidentally caught and later ate a megamouth shark, one of the rarest fishes in the world with only 40 others recorded to have been encountered, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday." 04-09
- -04-25-09 Military Agency Warned Against Use of Torture (MSNBC News)
"The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as 'torture' in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce 'unreliable information.' "
"There was no consideration within the National Security Council that the planned techniques stemmed from Chinese communist practices and had been deemed torture when employed against American personnel, the former administration official said. The U.S. military prosecuted its own troops for using waterboarding in the Philippines and tried Japanese officers on war crimes charges for its use against Americans and other allied nationals during World War II." 04-09
- Iceland's Volcano a Travel Hazard (Time.com)
"Volcanic ash, which is made up of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen fluoride, along with fine silica particles, may not block pilots' sight lines, but its chemicals can wreck sensitive aircraft engines. It can also clog an aircraft's ventilation holes, causing engines to stall."
"When Eyjafjallajokull last erupted, in 1821, it remained active for an entire year. Worse, the current event could trigger the eruption of nearby Mount Katla, which is even more powerful. If Katla were to explode, North Atlantic airspace could be affected for months. It could even impact the climate: the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines threw so much ash into the atmosphere that it reduced the amount of sunlight reaching the planet, cooling the world by about 0.5°C over the next two years. And that's something everyone would notice, even on a clear day."
- -Editorial: Why Vincent Chin Matters (New York Times)
"The killing catalyzed political activity among Asian-Americans — whose numbers had steadily increased since the 1965 overhaul of immigration laws but who then represented only about 1.5 percent of the population — as never before. “Remember Vincent Chin” turned into a rallying cry; for the first time, Asian-Americans of every background angrily protested in cities across the country. For all that Asians had been through — racial exclusion, starting with a ban on Chinese migrant labor in 1882; the unconstitutional detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II; the legacy of America’s wars in the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam — no single episode involving an individual Asian-American had ever had such an effect before. And none has since."
"The circumstances of the Chin case were no accident." 06-12
- A Nepali Villager's Tradition of Making Biochar (Biochar-International.org)
"In March 2012, a team from Australia, the Philippines, and Nepal visited the Dhand Chaur village in the mountainous Dholakha District of Nepal and found a farmer there had been producing and utilizing biochar for at least two generations as part of her regular farming routine."
"To create the biochar, she digs up soil in an area greater than 5 sq meters. Straw and grass is then laid on top of the soil and smoldering dried cow/buffalo dung cakes mixed with straw are then laid on top of the residue. More twigs and leaves are placed on top of the dung, which is then covered by soil, steadily creating a mound."
"The dung slowly smolders for three days, transforming the biomass to biochar, and changing the dark brown soil to a lighter reddish color. She then works the charred material into the ground and then leaves it for three weeks before planting millet seeds." 11-12
- Statistics Surrounding Typhoon Haiyan (Washington Post)
"Wind speed of Typhoon Haiyan: 195 miles per hour."
"Wind speed in 1969's Hurricane Camille, previously the highest measured in any hurricane or typhoon: 190 miles per hour."
"People in need of food because of the storm: 2.5 million."
"Share of Philippines population living on less than $2 per day: 2 in 5"
- Stability of Biochar (UCSUSA.org)
"Major et al (2010) produced biochar and applied it to soils in a Colombian savanna, thenmeasured the amount of the biochar carbon respired as CO2 from the soil and the amount percolating through the soil. Two years after the biochar addition, their measurements indicated that up to 3% of the biochar had been respired as CO2, but they could not account for 20-50% of the biochar. Presumably it washed off the fields during intense rainfall, but Major et al. had no direct measurements of biochar in runoff. Assuming that none of the “missing” biochar carbon was respired and converted to CO2 after leaving the site where the investigators were measuring soil CO2 emissions, the authors calculated a mean residence time for thebiochar of approximately 600 years."
"Haefele et al. (2011) produced biochar from rice husks and applied it to rice cropping systems in the Philippines and Thailand. At one site they measured CO2 emissions from the soil immediately after application and again two years later. At all sites they measured biochar carbon in the soil after application and two years later. Where Haefele et al. measured soil respiration they found no change between the two time points, and, more significantly given the limited sampling of CO2 emissions, found no change in the amount of biochar in the soil. The authors conclude that 'realistic residence times might be in the range of thousands of years….' ” 01-17
- Asia - Travel Information by Location (Excite.Travel.com)
Provides information on dining, where to stay, and interesting things to see. Search by city, state, or country. Includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, The Philippines, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. 3-02