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Your World in 10 - December 11, 2012 Edition

Disaster

1. 'Pablo' victims, damage soar



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The number of victims of typhoon Pablo (Bopha) continues to rise, with 714 now confirmed dead and 890 missing. Of those who are killed, 257 are still awaiting identification, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on December 11. Nearly 5.41 million people have been affected in total across 9 regions. Mild quakes are still battering the area. The cost of damage to agricultural products and facilities has climbed to P10.3 billion.


Watch and read a feature story on Rappler.
Read more about the typhoon victims and cost of damage here and here.




Bill of Rights

2. Rights of airline passengers defined



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The Aquino government wants to standardize the practices of commercial airlines -- both local and foreign -- to address growing complaints that customer benefits are being sidelined in pursuit of profit. On December 10, the transportation and trade departments jointly issued the Air Passenger Bill of Rights, which aims to protect travelers from what are perceived to be abusive practices, including overbooking, rebooking, ticket refunds, cancelled and delayed flights, lost luggage and misleading advertisements on fares.


Read on Rappler the 6 rights airline passengers have.
Read more on Rappler.




RH Bill

3. Date set: RH Bill voting in Senate, House



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After much debate and drama, the Senate finally agreed to vote on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill on second reading on December 17, and if passed, to vote on third reading on December 20. The House of Representatives has its own version of the bill, which the chamber will decide on December 12. The RH bill aims to provide access to both natural and modern family planning methods, and to promote sex education and family planning.


Read more on Rappler.
View here how the solons voted on proposed amendments.




Deadly Locations

4. Two PH villages experience similar disasters 6 yrs apart



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The disaster that typhoon Pablo (Bopha) caused in New Bataan's Barangay Andap is similar to the flooding and rockslide that brought death and destruction to Legazpi City's Barangay Padang in 2006 at the height of typhoon Reming (Durian). Although the villages are miles apart and the disasters have 6 years in between, both are perched in a mountainside that is a natural channel for water to pass through on its way downstream during heavy rainfall events, according to the initial assessment of the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS). They both experienced debris flow, or the cascade of rocks, debris, and boulders from the mountains. An ongoing project to make more detailed, high-resolution topographic and hazard maps remains underway.


Read more on Rappler.




Philippine Media

5. Media regulator wants to hone God-fearing Filipinos



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God-fearing, nationalistic and creative Filipino is what the newly-appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chair Eugenio Villareal wants to hone and empower. "Toto" Villareal he is ready for the many scenarios the agency will face after learning his predecessor, Grace Poe-Llamanzares who is running for a Senate seat in the 2013 polls. His main goal before he ends his short term in September 2013 is to instill the simple value of knowing what is right and wrong through responsible media.


Read more on Rappler.




Fiscal Crisis

6. Obama may compromise 'a bit' on fiscal cliff issue



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US President Barack Obama, who campaigned on rate hikes on the wealthy, said on December 10 he was ready to compromise "a little bit" to head off a tax and austerity crisis, but warned he would not budge on making the rich pay more. He just spoke with House Speaker John Boehner, his top Republican foe on the "fiscal cliff" showdown, as they work on striking a deal to head off $500 billion dollars in tax hikes and savage spending cuts by January 1. Without a deal, all Americans will face higher taxes next year and experts fear the US economy will dip into recession.


Read more on Rappler.




Corporate Stewardship

7. 5 leadership insights from Apple's Tim Cook



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Businessweek's cover story on Tim Cook gave a rare glimpse into the life and leadership style of the Apple CEO who replaced business and technology industry icon Steve Jobs. The discussion ranged from product design to manufacturing, but the interview also provided some great insight for leaders about stewarding an organization. Business Insider crunched 5 leadership lessons from the interview: Diversity of leadership is massively important; Transparency is key; Read customer emails; You "can only do a few things great" and; Admit you're wrong.


Read more on Businessweek and Business Insider.




Peace and Crisis

8. Crisis-hit EU receives 2012 Nobel Peace Prize



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The European Union, facing its worst crisis in six decades, was officially awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, December 10, for turning Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace."With a score of EU heads of state and government looking on, Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland handed the prize to a threesome of EU leaders -- EU president Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and European parliament president Martin Schulz.


Read more on Rappler.




Pacquiao Punch

9. Mayweather comforts Pacquiao, Bieber takes a jab



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Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, who is usually the first to slam Manny Pacquiao, surprisingly had comforting words for the Filipino boxer who was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8. “Things happen, you live and you learn. The only thing he (Pacquiao) can do is rejuvenate himself and bounce back like a true champion," Mayweather said in an interview. Meantime, teen superstar Justine Bieber Bieber took a jab at Pacquiao, publishing memes on social network Instagram making fun of the way Pacquiao was knocked out.


Read more on Rappler.




Urban Jungle

10. Another crocodile emerges in Hong Kong dump



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A live crocodile has been found dumped in a fish tank at a Hong Kong garbage site, the second time in 9 years that a croc has surfaced in the densely populated urban jungle in Asia. On December 10, the 4-foot, 5-kilogram croc was thought to have been dumped by a pet owner. Conservation officials are still deciding whether to relocate the reptile at a wetland park where its predecessor Pui Pui, a saltwater crocodile that made headlines after it was spotted in a Hong Kong river in 2003, is at.


Read more on Rappler.