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Monday, March 30, 2020

2020 Plague of Locusts Unseen for Over 30 Years Descend Upon Africa and the Middle East [VIDEO]

In the Horn of Africa, the worst affected area by the locust infestation, there is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods as swarms increase in Ethiopia and Somalia and continue to move south to Kenya where they have spread to 14 counties, just kilometers away from Uganda and South Sudan. Somalia is the first country in the region to declare a state of emergency over the infestation. As of now, the upsurge is contained to three countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. This is the worst locust situation Somalia and Ethiopia have seen in 25 years. Last time Kenya was affected with an infestation at this scale was 70 years ago.

LOCATIONS: Samburu County and Mwingi, Kitui County/Kenya
DATE: 21ST to 24 January 2020
1. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
2. Lady walking in the middle of a swarm in Samburu.
3. Close-up of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
4. Wide shot of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
5. Wide slow-mo of desert locusts pairing and mating in Samburu.
6. Close-up of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
7. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
8. Desert locust swarm moving over a farm in Mwingi.
9. Woman walking while look at a desert locust swarm in Samburu.
10. Desert locust swarm in a village in Ethiopia.
11. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
12. Close-up of desert locusts mating in Samburu.
13. Close-up of desert locusts mating in Samburu.
14. Close-up of desert locust attempting to lay eggs in Samburu.
15. Surveillance plane flying past a swarm of desert locusts in Samburu.
16. Wide shot of a swarm of desert locusts in Samburu.
17. Wide shot of desert locusts flying into a farm in Mwingi.
18. Aerial spraying of pesticides in Samburu county.
19. Ground spraying vehicle in operation in Samburu county.
20. A tree infested by a swarm of desert locusts in Mwingi.
21. Ndunda Makanga, a farmer walking through the farm looking for desert locusts in Mwingi.
22. FAO officials assessing the desert locust infestation in Samburu.
23. Locals in Samburu walking through an infested animal grazing site.
Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia, 13 -14 November 2019
1. Various shots of Desert locust swarms flying
Location: 5th February 2020/Garowe, Somalia
2. Hopper bands in Garowe, Somalia.
3. Various shots of hopper bands among bushes.
4. Hopper bands jumping through the stones
5. Close-up of a hopper on a stone.
6. Various shots of hoppers on the branches of a tree.
7. Close-up of hoppers eating tree leaves.
8. Close-up of a hopper on a branch.

LOCATIONS: Jijiga, eastern Ethiopia/Rome,Italy
DATE: 13 November 2019/ 14 November 2019

1. Close-up of locust swarms
2. Wide-shot of locust swarm
3. Wide-shot of locust swarms passing through a field. Two men are standing nearby.
4. A group of people surrounded by a locust swarm
5. Wide-shot of locust swarms
6. Wide-shot of locust swarms flying over a field.

A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame.
Human activity has made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave—triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations.

Like a biblical plague, locusts swarm East Africa, laying waste to crops and livelihoods

Desert Locust situation update 
New swarms continue forming in Horn of Africa

The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.

ETHIOPIA. Hopper bands are present in Oromiya and SNNPR regions, including the Rift Valley. A new generation of immature swarms are forming and maturing. Aerial and ground control operations continue.

SOUTH SUDAN. Several mature swarms from the south appeared in the southeast near Torit on 18-19 March; at least one moved to Juba on the 21st, continuing to Bor on the 23rd and flew towards southwest Ethiopia.

IRAN. Hatching started on western Hormozgan coast in past few days. More hatching expected in southern Khuzestan, Busherh, southern Fars. Late instar hopper bands forming near Jask.

The situation is under control in the following countries:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Immune System-Boosting Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe | Malunggay (Moringa) Mango Cucumber Honey

Immune-boosting smoothie simple recipe to help you stay healthy. This immunity-boosting juice drink is very simple and easily available in the market. Immune boosting wellness smoothie packed with nourishing ingredients: Malunggay leaves (or Moringa), Mango, Cucumber, Honey and pineapple juice.  Sounds crazy, but this smoothie is absolutely delicious, great for digestion and a boost for your immune system! 

We made this smoothie for us to help our healing process. Not only does this smoothie taste fantastic with hints of pineapple, mango and cucumber — but it also includes ingredients that boast some pretty incredible health benefits.

Malunggay: “miracle vegetable,” It is locally available, so rich in nutrients and vitamins that its image is used as the official logo of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology. 100 grams of malunggay leaves yield the following: 75 calories of energy (higher than ampalaya, squash, tomatoes or carrots), 5.9 grams protein (higher than cauliflower, lettuce or mustard), 12.8 grams carbohydrate (higher than okra, papaya or watermelon), 353 milligrams calcium (higher than gabi leaves, mung beans, squash and camote tops), 3.7 milligrams niacin (higher than other vegetables analyzed). And for thiamin, phosphorus and ascorbic acid, malunggay is at the top of the list.

Mango: mangoes pack a host of health benefits, they are bursting with antioxidants and over 20 different vitamins and minerals. In just a one cup serving, mangos provide you with 35 percent of vitamin A and 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

Pineapple: Pineapple includes a natural enzyme called bromelain, which is wonderful for preventing inflammation and helping poor digestive issues. It also sweetens the recipe nicely.

Cucumber: A serving of cucumber -- one-half a cup -- is about 8 calories. They have small amounts of vitamin K and vitamin A and are about 95% water. They also have several phytonutrients (plant chemicals) called lignans.

Raw honey: I LOVE using a little honey, but make sure it’s raw or manuka honey to get additional benefits and higher antioxidant levels. I love keeping a jar of raw/manuka honey in my cupboard just in case I come down with a sore throat during the cold season.

Basic smoothie (occasionally spelled smoothee or smoothy) is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, or sweeteners. In addition to blended fruit/vegetables, smoothies may include other ingredients such as water, crushed ice, fruit juice, sweeteners (e.g. honey, sugar, syrup), dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, low fat or cottage cheese, whey powder), plant milk, nuts, nut butter, seeds, tea, chocolate, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplements.

Smoothies have become an on-the-go staple for health-conscious eaters, and we have to agree: They're ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and veggies, and are ready in seconds. What's not to love, right? But not all smoothies are created equal. In fact, many store-bought smoothies are loaded with excess sugar and calories.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

What is a Supermoon? | Super Moon Watching 2020: Worm Moon, Pink Moon, Flower Moon Blood Moon [VIDEO]

A supermoon is a full moon  that appears larger than a typical full moon due to it being closer to Earth. The Supermoon is always a spectacular sight:  the night sky's brightest object by far. The technical name is a perigee syzygy or a full Moon around perigee. “Syzygy” is the astronomical term  when three or more celestial bodies (such as Sun, Moon, and Earth) line up. 

Why do full moons have different names?
The early Native Americans didn't record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months.

Three super full moons will grace our skies in 2020
March’s Full Worm Moon March 9 at 1:48 P.M EDT
April’s Full Pink Moon April 7 at 10:35 P.M. EDT
May’s Full Flower Moon May 7 at 6:45 A.M. EDT
April’s full Moon is the closest supermoon of the year 

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Mountaineer's Prayer | Inspirational Moments Before & After Hiking [VIDEO]

Best mountain prayer before and after the hike to inspire the adventure in you. We wish for success and safety for all the hikers who will be climbing mountains - but every time we climb, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creation and invoke his guidance and protection.

The Mountaineer's Prayer

O honourable mountain
Allow me to walk to your peak
There you are, timeless, elegant
Framing the sun, the moon and the stars

With clouds kissing your hem
Allow me to tread quietly
Of the million paths that trellis your being
Let me find the path for me

Thursday, March 12, 2020

How U.S. Soldiers Described Filipino Girls in 1945 [Women's Month] - Filipina Women In History [VIDEO]

#WomensMonth #Filipina #FilipinoCulture Women’s Role in History. Filipina Girl / Filipino Women in 1945 as described by U.S. Soldiers - War video orientation for United States soldiers in 1945. The video also highlights the Filipino hospitality. Philippine old tradition and culture. The National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day. Filipinos (Filipino: Mga Pilipino)[40] are the people who are native to or citizens of the country of the Philippines. Ang mga kababaihan / babae sa Pilipinas noong panahon ng Amerikano. Kasama din sa video na ito ang katangi tanging kultura ng mga Pilipino sa pagtanggap ng bisita sa bahay. Ang deskripsyon ng mga Amerikano noong unang panahon kung ano ang estado at kilos ng isang dalagang Pilipina sa Pilipinas.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Pinansyal na Talino at Kaalaman (PiTaKa ) - Mag-impok, Bawasan ang Paggastos [VIDEO]

OWWA sa OFW: Mag-impok, bawasan ang paggastos
Isang bagong programa sa savings at investment para sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) ang inilunsad sa Malate, Maynila upang matiyak na matitipid at mapili nilang mabuti, kasama ng kanilang pamilya, ang mga bagay na kanilang pagkakagastusan.

Lumagda ang Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), kasama ang Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) at BDO foundation, sa isang memorandum of agreement na lilinang sa financial literacy ng mga OFW at kanilang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng programang PiTaKa o ‘Pinansyal na Talino at Kaalaman.’

Kasabay ring inilunsad sa programa ang tatlong bidyo na naglalaman ng mga aral at mensahe ng PiTaKa na magsisilbing gabay sa mga Pilipinong migranteng manggagawa at kanilang pamilya upang maayos na gamitin ang nakukuha nilang remittance at makapag-impok o maglagak sa mga investment para sa mas magandang kinabukasan sa oras na bumalik na sila sa Pilipinas.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions extends its offering with a hotel CRM

In today's hotel ecosystem, guest data is scattered across many tools: PMS, CRS, official website... which leads to unreliability. In a recent study, CRM experts at dailypoint™ analysed over 4.5 million guests' profile across 120 hotels and found surprising statistics. The most striking is that the hotels had an average of 2.3 profiles for each of their loyal guests - in other words, these hotels thought they had twice as many loyal guests than they actually had. 

As consumers, we expect our interaction with a brand to be personalised, but while the benefits of personalisation are becoming more apparent, most hoteliers feel under-equipped to deliver on this new expectation. 

To help hoteliers make this required jump, D-EDGE Hospitality Solutions is launching a new range of solutions, powered by dailypoint™: GUEST MANAGEMENT. The new product family encompasses a Hotel CRM, Guest Loyalty, and Guest Feedback solutions, all fully integrated with the D-EDGE CRS.

GUEST MANAGEMENT is based on advanced technology - AI, automatic learning, and patented algorithms - to open up a world of possibilities for hoteliers to better target and automate marketing campaigns and offer a better experience to their customers. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Don't Start Your Hike Until You Watched This: Stretching Exercises To Warm up Before a Hike [VIDEO]

Hiking works lots of different muscles in the upper and lower body, shoulders, buttocks and calves. It will keep you in good overall shape while also sculpting your bottom and stomach, which is another reason why you should continue all year round! 

Also: Read on to discover 6 benefits of hiking.

Good to know: before you go hiking, and before even warming up, consult your doctor if necessary to make sure this sport is appropriate in relation to your overall health. Never overdo it when warming up and listen to your body. Consult your doctor if in any doubt.

Also remember to adapt your hike to your level of fitness. To help you, see this article explaining the different hiking categories.

The upper body
Tip: to make sure you don’t forget anything, begin your warm-up by the upper body and gradually move downwards to end with your feet.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Manila Reborn - The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the City of Manila [VIDEO]

Manila is said to have been called "Pearl of the Orient" since the 1750s 

A foreign tourist at the time enthused: "She is easily the queen of the cities of the East, and for one who knows how to find the buried treasures, a year of residence in Manila may be one of the most profitable in a lifetime."

Built heritage in prewar Manila--such as the art deco buildings, the "Walled City" of Intramuros, and Chinatown--vividly reflected the confluence of Asian, European, and American cultures.

After Spanish colonization of the country, American rule led to the institutionalization of education and the creation of public infrastructure which opened Manila to world trade and culture.

Cosmopolitan Manila was a city that "felt equally at home with the tango, the flamenco, the waltz, the jive, and Balinese dancing." It enjoyed an era called "Peacetime."

Manileños before the war were entertained by "vaudeville, talking pictures, a big basketball game, [or] a gala night at the Santa Ana Cabaret." Meanwhile, America sank into The Great Depression.

As the country's capital, Manila was important in World War II for its ports, airfields, edifices, shipyards, factories, and warehouses. But when the war first broke, the city was taken by surprise.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur had planned to liberate Manila as soon as the United States Army entered it on February 2, 1945. Little did he know that the Japanese had been setting up defenses since December 1944.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Mountain Climbing Etiquette: Mountaineering Guide for Beginners [EXPLAINER VIDEO]

Here is your code of ethics to follow on your next adventure - just a reminder. And for all you experts out there -- you should also pay attention because you are the people that others look to for proper outdoor decorum.

I hope this reminder helps to raise awareness and decrease frustrations when we are out enjoying our beautiful mountains together. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section -- etiquette is a big discussion, after all.

Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors while having fun in the process. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Climbing mountains is truly rewarding: not only does it cultivate environmental awareness, it also develops a person's character by facing and conquering one's fears and ultimately conquering oneself, leaving the mountain climber with a great feeling of achievement.

Follow the mountaineer's creed: 

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but foot prints, kill nothing but time. 
As a mountaineer, it is our job to be stewards of Mother Nature. 

Here are a few important things to remember when climbing mountains: 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bringing Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Kyogi Karuta from Otsu, the Holy Land of Karuta, to the World

Otsu City considers karuta to be an important attraction for increasing tourism, and held a 'Kyogi Karuta Trial Lesson' for international students on Sunday, February 16th at Omi-jingū Shrine's Omi Kangakukan.

Otsu has hosted the "Competitive Karuta World Tournament" twice for the past two years, and believes that an increase in international karuta players will lead to an increase in international tourism in the area. They hope that the international students that joined the "Competitive Karuta World Tournament" will be able to spread interest in karuta within their countries once they return home.

The same karuta trial lesson is scheduled to be held on Monday (national holiday) February 24th at Omi-jingū Shrine's Omi Kangakukan. We are recruiting participants until Friday, February 21st.

Kyogi Karuta is known as a competitive sport that takes place on tatami mats, where cards are fought for and taken within 1/100th of a second, requiring memorization and concentration skills as well as good reaction speed and stamina.

In recent years, due to the influence of manga and the Japanese film Chihayafuru, there has been a considerably large increase in the number of players from foreign countries that have helped Kyogi Karuta grow in popularity. As a result, international students from Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and other countries have applied to participate.

"Karuta Trial Lesson" was held on Sunday, 16th February, 6 international students participated.

On the day of the trial lesson, the international students learned the basics of karuta poems, how to arrange karuta cards, and actually played with Mr. Naoki Ishizawa from Otsu Akinota kai, who has a rank of 8th DAN in Kyogi Karuta.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Mystery That Heals | [Part 3 of 3] The Story of Carl Gustav Jung | Educational Films BBC 1972

Deals with the life and philosophy of Carl Gustav Jung in his later years; discusses the concept of the "shadow," and his attitudes toward Christianity and death.

Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Time-Life Films

Carl Jung -

Publication date:  1972
Topics:  Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961, Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961
Publisher:  BBC Worldwide - British Broadcasting Corporation
Collections: Educational Films / Ephemeral Films

Writer and narrator, Laurens van der Post
Author: British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.; Time-Life Films.
Publisher: London, BBC-TV, Released in the U.S. by Time-Life Films, 1972.
Series: Life of Carl Gustav Jung., no. 3.

This three-part series from the archives of the BBC explores the life and work of one of psychology’s most innovative practitioners, Carl Gustav Jung. Filmed on location in Switzerland, the programs include rare interviews with Jung in which he discusses his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the significance of dreams, and his viewpoints on religion and death. Jung disciple Laurens van der Post and BBC’s John Freedman host the programs. 3-part series, 31 minutes each.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

67,000 Dreams | [Part 2 of 3] The Story of Carl Gustav Jung | Educational Films [BBC 1972]

Depicts the travels of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung and explains the development of his major theories and concepts. Discusses the collective unconscious, the psychology of types, the psyche in space and time and the importance of myth and intuition to the complete man. Part of a series that examines Jung's life and work, presented by Laurens van der Post, a friend of Jung's for 15 years. Shows how a married couple deals with the birth of their first child. Examines some of the problems and anxieties which can accompany first births in a hospital environment.
Credits : Public Media Inc / Films Incorporated Video

Educational Films: The Story of Carl Gustav Jung Part 2: 67000 Dreams [BBC 1972] 
Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Time-Life Films

Publication date:  1972
Topics:  Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961, Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961
Publisher:  BBC Worldwide - British Broadcasting Corporation
Collections: Educational Films / Ephemeral Films

This three-part series from the archives of the BBC explores the life and work of one of psychology’s most innovative practitioners, Carl Gustav Jung. Filmed on location in Switzerland, the programs include rare interviews with Jung in which he discusses his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the significance of dreams, and his viewpoints on religion and death. Jung disciple Laurens van der Post and BBC’s John Freedman host the programs. 3-part series, 31 minutes each.

Friday, February 14, 2020

In Search of the Soul | [Part 1 of 3] The Story of Carl Gustav Jung | Educational Films BBC 1972

Examines the childhood and student years of Carl Gustav Jung, and traces his relationship and break with Sigmund Freud This video is from The Internet Archive - Related Link: Modern Man in Search of a Soul - a book of psychological essays written by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung In Search of the Soul by British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Time-Life Films Publication date 1972 Topics Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961, Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961, Psychoanalysts, Psychoanalysis, Publisher London, BBC-TV, Released in the U.S. by Time-Life Films Contributor Internet Archive Language English Writer and narrator, Laurens Van der Post This three-part series from the archives of the BBC explores the life and work of one of psychology’s most innovative practitioners, Carl Gustav Jung. Filmed on location in Switzerland, the programs include rare interviews with Jung in which he discusses his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the significance of dreams, and his viewpoints on religion and death. Jung disciple Laurens van der Post and BBC’s John Freedman host the programs. 3-part series, 31 minutes each.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Small Luxury Hotels of The World™ Releases Luxury Travel Trends For 2020

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has released its annual Luxury Travel Trends Report, looking ahead at what will be shaping the luxury boutique experience in the coming year. From bio-architecture and conscience-free cuisine to dispersed hotels and ultimate relaxation methods, the report has been crafted from the creative, inspiring and novel elements introduced by the luxury brand's more than 520 independent hotels that together reflect the emergence of a movement or burgeoning trend. For 2020, these small, nimble and progressive hotels continue to set the standard for luxury in the ever-changing travel landscape. The full report is available to view and download at

Jean-Francois Ferret, CEO at Small Luxury Hotels of the World says: "SLH has been the trailblazer for small independent hotels and we champion the imaginative and diverse voices that help shape our collective and bring inspiration to the world of wanderlust. As we celebrate three decades as the pioneer of boutique in 2020 we are delighted to share these insights and in doing so praise our hotels that continue to bring the most individual, intimate and intense travel experiences to our discerning guests."

The full report outlines six specific overarching themes reinforced by the idea of uncomplicated and honest luxury. Travellers are looking to embrace pared back extravagance by interacting with local cultures, respecting nature and participating in something that feels bigger than themselves.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Lies We Tell sa Office: Mga Palusot - Guilty Ka Din Ba? [VIDEO]

Guilty ka din ba? - Sa mga opisina, sinasabing pangkaraniwan na ang pagdadahilan ng mga empleyado. Madalas itong tinatawag na office white lies. Ito ay kadalasang ginagawa ng mge empleyado sa Pilipinas, of kahit naman sa ibang bansa.
Minsan ginagawa ito ng mga empleyado upang makalusot, mapadali ang kanilang trabaho, o kung minsan naman ay para di masabon ng todo ng mga boss.
Madalas ito ay nagiging katuwaan sa opisina. Sa video na ito, ipinapakita ang mga karaniwang pagpapalusot o pagdadahilan ng mga empleyado. Ang purpose ng video na ito ay hindi para kunsintihin ang pagsisinungaling sa opisina kundi upang ipakita lamang ang mga pangkaraniwang scene sa mga office. Kung nakaka relate ka, eh di matatawa ka na lang.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Oratio Imperata - Prayer Against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV [VIDEO]

Oratio Imperata (or "Obligatory Prayer") - invocative prayers against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV issued by The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). ("Oratio Imperata" or a special prayer imploring protection from the novel coronavirus outbreak)
A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new, or “novel” coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Novel Corona Virus - 2019 nCoV Question & Answer:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Most Breathtaking Solo Travel Destinations To Visit In 2020 [VIDEO]

50 Awesome Solo Travel Destinations To Visit In 2020 - from travel bloggers and other experts who share the solo travel destinations they recommend for 2020. Keep watching to know about 50 places that will surely inspire your wanderlust.
On the top 50 List ccording to HuffPost 1. Vancouver, Canada 2. Santiago, Chile 3. Malaysia 4. Slovenia 5. St. John's, Canada 6. South Korea
21. Ethiopia
7. Rotterdam, the Netherlands 8. Accra, Ghana 9. Malta 10. Oman

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Q&A: Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (or 2019 nCoV) - What we know about the virus [VIDEO]

On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on 7 January.

Q&A on coronaviruses What is a coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
What is a novel coronavirus?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Borneo Eagle Resort for a Total Island Getaway Off the Sabah Coast, East Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA - Nestled serenely on the island of Pulau Tiga 2.5 hours away by land and sea from Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu lies the plush Borneo Eagle Resort -- a cluster of 13 luxury contemporary villas opened in April 2018. The 21-acre verdant enclave is situated in the Kimanis Bay within walking distance of the first Survivor filming series site in 2000. The Resort faces the Crocker Range in the horizon with views of the majestic Mt Kinabalu across the South China Sea.

Aerial view of Borneo Eagle Resort with the jetty

Borneo Eagle Resort is the only luxury resort on the island set against a backdrop of lush virgin jungle. Its main building design is inspired by the wingspan of the sea eagles inhabiting the island. The Resort is a stunning, ecological landscape of flourishing flora and fauna including 148 coconut trees. Bee hives are introduced to encourage cross pollination. Proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, snakes and hornbills are some of the wildlife spotted while marine life abounds with a diverse array such as the clownfish, puffer fish, sea turtle and the occasional whale shark.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Faith During Hard Times - Bible Verses for Those Facing Natural Disasters [Pray for Taal]

Number of evacuees due to Taal Volcano's unrest now at over 40,000
Whether you or a loved one is facing a natural disaster or coping with its aftermath, here are some Bible verses offering comfort, hope and reminders of God's loving care. 

For the more than 500,000 residents of the exclusion zone around the Philippines’ Taal volcano, which began erupting on Sunday, the coming days will be a tense wait to see if the eruption will intensify—threatening lives and property—or sputter out. If activity ramps up, Taal is capable of producing all three of the deadliest volcanic hazards: tsunamis, mudflows, and superheated flows of gas and debris. Volcanoes are notoriously unpredictable, but there are seismic signs and others that geologists will be watching for indications of what this one will do.

Why Save The Forest? [Benefits of the Forest] - Animated Video

These green giants are essential for people, climate and wildlife. Forests act as a source of food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people. In addition to helping to respond to climate change and protect soils and water, forests hold more than three-quarters of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, provide many products and services that contribute to socio-economic development and are particularly important for hundreds of millions of people in rural areas, including many of the world’s poorest.

The importance of forests cannot be underestimated.
We depend on forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Yet, despite our dependence on forests, we are still allowing them to disappear.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

What is a Phreatic Eruption? Volcano Fast Facts [Volcanic Types of Eruption] [VIDEO]

WATCH: What is a Phreatic Eruption Video? Volcano Fast Facts [Volcanic Eruption] - explained in 3D Animation
This video shed some light on the complicated, language of science. Think of this as your terminology tour-guides.

1. Phreatic comes from the Ancient Greek phrear, which meant “well,” or “spring.” It’s also related to the word “brew.”
2. A phreatic eruption is made up of steam-driven explosions that occur when water beneath the ground or on the surface is heated by volcanic activity.
3. The water, once heated, begins to boil or can even flash straight to steam, causing an explosion.
4. Phreatic or “steam-blast” eruption occurs when steam is produced from the contact of cold groundwater with hot rock or magma. 
5. During phreatic eruptions, no new magma is produced. Only fragments of preexisting solid rock in the volcano are expelled.
6. Also known as ultravulcanian eruption, the USGS says a phreatic eruption is “generally weak.”
7. Groundwater can often be found near volcanic vents, and as the magma rises to the surface of the earth, it heats the groundwater and cause Phreatic eruption.
8. Phreatic eruptions typically include steam and rock fragments; the inclusion of liquid lava is unusual.
9. If molten magma is included, volcanologists classify the event as a phreatomagmatic eruption.
10. Phreatic explosions can be accompanied by carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide gas-emissions.
11. These eruptions occasionally create broad, low-relief craters called maars.
12. Phreatic eruptions can often precede, accompany, or follow a more traditional volcanic eruption. 

On-Board Ship Fire Disaster Drill Demonstration - Pinoy Seaman World-class [VIDEO]

On-Board Fire Disaster Drill Demonstration - Steps for a proper fire drill under SOLAS - Emergency Procedures: Fire onboard ship by Filipino Seaman (Pinoy seafarers)
Fires onboard form a great part of maritime casualties. One way to address them is the proper training through efficient and regular drills, which ensure that crew members are ready to handle a fire onboard.

The Importance Of Fire Drills On Ships
The purpose of carrying out any kind of drill on the ships is to make the crew acquainted with various procedures to be followed during emergency situations. It is a way to make the ship personnel acquainted with the equipment and methods that are to be used during a crises situation.

Video Details:
Toyofuji Shipping held the company's "33rd On-Board Disaster Drill Demonstration," conducted under the instruction of the Nagoya Coast Guard Office and Tokai Municipal Fire Department aboard the TRANS FUTURE 6 (shipowner: Kagoshima Senpaku Kaisha, Ltd.), in port at Toyota Motor Corporation's Meiko Center. The drill was attended by some 80 individuals, including representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's Chubu District Transport Bureau, Toyota Motor Corporation, and other affiliated companies in the industry.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Rural Life: A Treasury of Farm Memories [VIDEO]

Memories of Life on the Farm: Through a video montage. A Philippine rural farming life.
Mga video at ala-ala tungkol sa buhay sa kabukiran, mga magsasaka, pag aalaga ng hayop at simpleng buhay sa probinsya.

I was born and raised in a poor rural farming community in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. Every rice planting season, our family work on the rice fields. Other neighbors - under the scorching sun, with bodies bent toward the soil, carefully plant rice. 

Thursday, January 09, 2020

HYDEOUT Unveils Phase 3 Line-up, With Additions of J Balvin, Tinashe, Bea Miller And More, Including Iconic Stage Takeovers By Andrew Rayel - Find Your Harmony, BFAM, Monstercat And Brownies & Lemonade

Hydeout, the region's first-ever multi-genre music festival, happening across two weekends at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on the 10-11 April & 17-18 April 2020, has unveiled its 3rd phase of artistes joining the stellar line-up of international and regional artistes showcases. In addition to the star-studded repertoire of headliners and special guests previously announced such as A$AP Rocky, Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Gucci Mane, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Rita Ora, Sam Feldt Live, San Holo, Slushii and Yellow Claw, the latest release reveals an eclectic mix of artistes, and Hydeout's very own Pantheon Stage -- which will host the festival's highly-anticipated stage takeovers.

WEEKEND ONE (10-11 April 2020)
Tastemakers can look forward to a multi-genre wonderland with three more esteemed international artistes joining Hydeout's already stacked line-up on Weekend One (10-11 April 2020). Among the special guests include French DJ and producer Mercer, bringing his infectious disco-influence remix to the crowd; and Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer Tinashe who will be performing in Singapore for the first time. The 26-year old recording artiste recently released her third album, Songs For You -- following her chart-topping singles of 'Die A Little Bit', '2 On' and 'Faded Love'. Chinese-born U.S.-based rapper Bohan Phoenix will also join the line-up as a supporting guest with his harmonious bilingual rhymes inspired by his salient East-West identities. The rapper has been making waves on the global hip-hop scene with popular releases such as 'The Prince', 'Overseas' and 'Angels'.

Make a Wish this New Year with 'Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes' Room Package

And receive amazing perks that include 40% off room rate, breakfast, and dinner for two, Michelin-recommended dim sum meal, free airport lounge access, and more

What better way to kick start the New Year than with 'Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes' room package that satisfies every wish and whim when you are travelling for business or leisure. Breakfast? Check. Dinner? Check. Free meal at a Michelin-recommended restaurant? Check...and more 'wishes' waiting to be discovered.

With a nightly rate starting from just HK$580, guests can look forward to spending a memorable night in a stylishly designed Premier Room with daily buffet breakfast for two and two extra perks of 'your' choice at the Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong - an award-winning 4.5-star hotel located in the charming neighborhood opposite to the famous Happy Valley racecourse. 

Why Bees Matter? Help Protect Our Pollinators! Save the Bees [VIDEO]

Why bees matter? Protecting our pollinators is vital for our future of food!

Date & Location 20/05/2019
Costa Rica,Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Guatemala
Duration 1' 13''
Audios English
Source FAO

Without bees and pollinators, 75% of the world's human food crops wouldn't exist!
But, bees and other pollinators are under threat.

Changes in land use and landscape structure, intensive agricultural practices, monocultures and use of pesticides have led to large-scale losses, fragmentation and degradation of their habitats.

Pests and diseases resulting from reduced resistance of bee colonies and from globalization, which facilitates the transmission of pests and diseases over long distances, pose a special threat.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Massive Plague Of Locusts Caught On Camera - Locust Swarm Attack In Yemen [VIDEO]

 Urgent Desert Locust control operations are required to safeguard crops and mitigate the risk of infestation in Yemen, as well as to prevent locust swarms from invading the neighbouring countries.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Catriona Gray To Unveil Her Wax Figure in Manila

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 have her image immortalized in Madame Tussauds Singapore. Catriona's wax figure will wear a replica of the iconic lava gown, inspired by Albay's Mayon Volcano, specially designed by Mak Tumang, which she wore when she won the 2018 Miss Universe tile. 

"I am so excited to see the final figure and be a part of this special event! To unveil the figure in my home country with my fans watching is another dream come true." said Catriona on her Instagram.

"The Philippines market continues to be one of our strongest markets and has been very important to our attractions in Asia and we had seen an increase of travellers to Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. We believe that by having Catriona's wax figure, it will definitely be a huge draw and create the platform for her fans to get up-close with her in 2020. Her figure will be in Madame Tussauds Singapore for a limited period of time. Thereafter, her figure will be going to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Hong Kong" said Susan Ang, Regional General Manager, Asia (excluding China). 

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Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

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