I was reading some articles from NASA and came up with this.. We need to prepare if this going to happen in the future!!
This was the satellite image taken before the typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, leaving thousands of dead residents.
I almost feel like this entire season has had an overall theme for me – entertainment. Normally, I only watch 3-4 shows in a season, but I actually find all of those shows stimulating in some way – involving some degree of give and take. Last season, Eccentric Family, Gatchaman Crowds, and Monogatari all actually engaged me, providing interesting ideas and conversations along with their great aesthetics. I wouldn’t finish an episode and think, “well, that was fun” – I’d actually be doing fist pumps about how great this medium is, and how well those shows were handling their ideas. This season? There’s an awful lot of sound and fury. Which is fine, for what it is, and I’m not saying every show is that way – intelligence is more than just thematic density, after all, and I think most of these shows are smartly written. In fact, maybe the…
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All classes were suspended because of the Super Typhoon “Yolanda” that will be in Philippines this Thursday and Friday. After a massive earthquake hits Cebu and Bohol, another calamity is fast approaching and scared people away. As I went to some of the grocery store in Cebu, I saw lots of people preparing and buying flashlights, batteries, and canned foods. People were talking about the upcoming super typhoon and I can tell that they were very scared.
I have to go now also to prepared in any circumstances that the super typhoon might bring/ damage. God Bless us all!!
As this issue started to spread in the country. I tend to asked myself about it? What is Pork Barrel? I even heard from other people who live in some province areas that Pork Barrel is The Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, also called the PDAF scam or the pork barrel scam. Some of the people dont know about it especially those people who really dont have idea about it. Pork Barrel is is apolitical scandal involving the alleged misuse by several members of the Congress of the Philippines of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF, popularly called ” PORK BARREL”), a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for spending on priority development projects of the Philippine government, mostly on the local level. It is estimated that the Philippine government was defrauded of some 10 billion peso in the course of the scam, having been diverted to Napoles, participating members of Congress and other government officials. Since 2008, every member of the House of Representatives usually receives an annual PDAF allocation of 70 million peso, while every senator receives an annual allocation of 200 million peso. The President also benefits from a PDAF-like allocation, the President’s Social Fund (PSF), worth around 1 billion.Contrary to public belief, however, PDAF allocations are not actually released to members of Congress. Rather, disbursements under the PDAF are coursed via implementing agencies of the Philippine government, and are limited to soft and hard projects: the former largely referring to non-infrastructure projects (such as scholarships and financial assistance programs, although small infrastructure projects are also considered soft projects), and the latter referring to infrastructure projects which would be coursed via the Department of Public Work and Highways.
The PDAF scam involved the funding of ghost projects that were funded using the PDAF funds of participating lawmakers.These projects were in turn implemented through Napoles companies, with the projects producing no tangible output. According to testimony provided by Benhur Luy’s brother, Arthur, funds would be processed through fake foundations and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) established under the wing of the JLN Group of Companies, the holding company of Janet Lim-Napoles, with Napoles employees even a nanny named as incorporators or directors.Each foundation or NGO served as an official recipient of a particular legislator’s PDAF funds, and each organization had a number of bank accounts where PDAF funds would be deposited for the implementation of these projects.
Napoles, who specialized in trading agricultural products, frequently used the procurement of agricultural inputs in the propagation of the scam. Either her employees would write to legislators requesting for funds for the implementation of a particular project or a legislator would indicate to the DBM a particular recipient agency for his or her PDAF funds that would be pre-selected by Napoles. Once received, this is forwarded to the DBM, which would then issue a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) indicating the amount deducted from the legislator’s PDAF allocation, and later a Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) given to the recipient agency. The NCA would then be deposited in one of the foundation’s accounts, and the funds withdrawn in favor of the JLN Group of Companies.The funds would then be split between Napoles, the lawmaker, the official of the DA responsible for facilitating the transfer of funds and, for good measure, the local mayor or governor. The JLN Group of Companies offered a commission of 10-15% against funds released to local government units and recipient agencies of PDAF funds, while a legislator would receive a commission of between 40-50% against the total value of his/her PDAF.
Be careful of who you pick as a friend, most people pretend to listen, but are only gathering information to judge you with! It’s so ironic, they will say “‘I’m always going to be here for you”. But the fact is they are the ones that walk away first and they only appear when they need something from you. Fake friends are no different than shadows, they stick around during your brightest moments, but disappear during your darkest hours.