March 7, 2012 Edition

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  1. Senate Admits Corona Bank Records

    Photo by Emil Sarmiento

    Although the impeachment court will not resume until March 12, senator-judges met Tuesday to discuss in caucus two pending items: the penalty for a private prosecutor who covered his ears while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was speaking; and a defense request to exclude evidence on Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona’s bank accounts.  The senators decided to admonish private prosecutor, Vitaliano Aguirre, and to admit the bank records as evidence.


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  2. Pinoy Maids in Singapore to get Day Off

    One in five Singapore households have at least one live-in maid, and until recently there was no law that required employers to give their maids a day off. That however will change starting next year when a new maids protection law takes effect. The new rules mandate that maids be given one day off a week, or additional compensation if they work on that day. This applies only to maids whose work permits are issued or renewed effective January 1, 2013. 
    Rights groups have long lobbied for better protection for domestic workers. While the decision was welcomed by the labor sector, some critiques still say it still falls short of international labor standards as it does not offer other forms of labor protection. There are over 200,000 domestic workers in Singapore who come mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines.
  3. Curfew for Los Baños Students

    Three students in Los Baños have been killed in the last 5 months. In October 2011 a 19-year-old UPLB student, in February a 14-year-old high school and sampaguita vendor, and last Sunday March 4 another UPLB student.

    In light of this spate of killings, the Los Baños municipal council is proposing a midnight curfew for student dormers of UP Los Baños, and a no-loitering law after midnight in the entire Los Baños. This however wasn’t met with full support from the student body.

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  4. Today is Super Tuesday

    The US Republican presidential race is heating up and right at the forefront if Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Romney took home three major wins last week but the battle is on for Super Tuesday with 419 delegates and 10 states up for grabs. A big win today will give Romney a big boost over closest rival Rick Santorum. While Georgia has the most delegates, look out for whoever takes Ohio – a crucial battleground state in the general elections. Both Romney and Santorum are in a dead heat to win Ohio.

    Continue reading in CNN
  5. Computer Games Change Brain for the Better

    Most often than not computer games are seen for their disadvantages than their benefits. But more and more research suggests that video games actually improve one’s creativity, decision-making ability, and hand-eye coordination. A multi-billion industry computer games supposedly stimulate a rare combination of concentration and neurotransmitters strengthen neural circuits – strength training like weight lifting does for the muscles.
    But research also shows that gaming has its downside, including depression, being prone to obesity.  
  6. Thousands Flee Australia Floods

    Over 9,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in the town of Wagga Waaga in New South Wales, Australia following record-high rains over the last week. Two men were killed when their cars were swept away by the rampaging flood. The Murrumbridgee river in Waaga Waaga is expected to peak at 10.9 meters, higher than any major flood in the area since 1844.  Last February thousands were also evacuated in the nearby state of Queensland. Flood warnings have already been raised in Queensland and Victoria.
  7. Greenprint 2030

    EDSA. View of vehicular traffic along the northbound lane of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, near Orense Street, Makati, March 6, 2012. Photo by Michael Josh Villanueva.

    Reminiscent of the “Philippines 2000” vision of the FVR administration, a new 20-year strategic project called “Metro Manila Greenprint 2030” is being developed to transform Metro Manila into a competitive metropolis that at is at par with other urban centers in East Asia. 
    The MMDA-lead team behind Greenprint 2030 is made up of government agencies and local government units and is due for approval in June of 2013.

  8. Remembering Francis M

    It’s been three years since master rapper Francis M succumbed to his battle with leukemia. While his death may have been untimely, his legacy still lives on. Online his fans celebrated his life by leaving comments on fan pages set up in memory of their idol. One fan called Magalona, “the national hero of Filipino music.”
    Magalona’s wife Pia says at one point her husband considered entering politics to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather former Senator Enrique Magalona until she impressed upn him that his personality wasn’t cut out for it. During his X-decade career Magalona was known for pushing.

    Read the full story on Yahoo Philippines
  9. Palpalokada

    With barely a month away before the summer break, many have already begun making travel plans. If you’re a photography enthusiast why not plan a trip to Palpalokada, Ilocos Norte’s best-kept secret. Check out these photos and find out why many have called the place a photographer’s paradise.
  10. Obama, Netanyahu push for peace

    Amid the threat of Iran developing a nuclear bomb, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both pressed for diplomatic solutions to the problem during a meeting at the oval office Tuesday, March 6. While they agreed on diplomacy Netenyahu however stressed Israel’s right to defend itself. Israel is still considering whether or not it should launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran, Obama aims to keep Israel from doing so.


    Read the full story on the Huffington Post

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