11 Nov JUAN Round Table: November 10, 2015

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1. Who is Hedy Lamarr and why Google pays tribute to her?

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1.15Google on Monday paid tribute to the late Austrian-born Hollywood actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr by featuring her on the browser’s homepage doodle in celebration of her 101st birthday.

But who is Lamarr and why is she significant to technology?

“We love highlighting the many good stories about women’s achievements in science and technology. When the story involves a 1940s Hollywood star-turned-inventor who helped develop technologies we all use with our smartphones today… well, we just have to share it with the world,” Google doodler Jennifer Hom said.

Hom started her acting career in Germany before leaving her husband and secretly flying to Paris, where she met American producer Louis Burt Mayer.

But Lamarr, who was once dubbed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” was eventually bored by her Hollywood acting career and developed an interest in the field of applied science, and utilized it to help the Allied forces during the Second World War.

“Lamarr’s own story reads like a movie script: bored by the film industry and feeling typecast, Lamarr was more interested in helping the Allied war effort as World War II broke out than in the roles she was being offered. She had some background in military munitions (yes, really), and together with a composer friend, George Antheil, used the principles of how pianos worked (yep, pianos) to identify a way to prevent German submarines from jamming Ally radio signals,” Hom said.

Hom said Lamarr’s patent for “frequency hopping” laid the groundwork for the widely used Bluetooth, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Wi-Fi technologies.

Lamarr appeared in films such as Ecstacy (1933), Algiers (1938), and Samson and Delilah (1949).

She passed away in Florida in January 2000 at the age of 85 due to heart failure.

Sisa: This is GIRL POWER!
Bianca: Women who rule the world.

2. What it takes to secure 10,000 APEC delegates

2.15The safety and security of around 10,000 delegates from the 21 member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is no joke, that is why the Philippines is going all out to ensure the summit conference proceeds in a peaceful and orderly manner.

At least 30,000 personnel from various government agencies, spearheaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), will be mobilized during the week of the November 16. The two-day summit proper is happening on November 18 and 19.

The table top exercises and ocular inspections are ongoing, particularly for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM), Joint APEC Security Committee head P/C Supt. Manuel Gaerlan told GMA News Online.
In a separate briefing on Monday, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the APEC 2015 National Organizing Council, took note of the P10-billion budget for the year-long hosting in the run up to the summit conference next week.

Sisa: Yung late na late ka sa meeting kahapon kasi may practice para sa APEC?! Yun yun eh.
Bianca: Okay, since it’s for us naman daw, push.

3. Make hunger and nutrition an election issue

3.15Nutrition and hunger should be an election issue come 2016, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) said on Tuesday, November 3.

“It’s quite slow. Hunger is a big problem, but the government’s efforts are there,” Malou Enteria of the NNC commented on the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of fighting hunger.

“All sectors must help each other,” Enteria told Rappler on the sidelines of NNC’s conference for district and city nutrition program coordinators. Local governments; education, health, and budget sectors; among other government agencies should act together, Enteria said.

Countries all over the world are expected to halve the number of its citizens experiencing hunger as the MDGs expire this year. The Philippines, however, is behind its targets, the National Statistical Coordination Board reported.

Sisa: Madaming issues na kailangan i-address tuwing election. Pero maraming tao ang makasarili lang talaga ang intensyon!
Bianca: If these are not the issues, what are? I really want to know!

4. Gov’t-mandated ‘coastal greenbelts’ eyed to protect typhoon-prone areas

4.15A lawmaker from Bicol—one of the provinces hardest and most often hit by typhoons—is recommending the creation of mangrove buffer zones along vulnerable coastlines.

With several typhoons affecting the country each year, a greenbelt of mangroves and beach forests along coastlines may help mitigate the damaging impact of waves and storm surges.

House Bill 5948 filed by Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe seeks to establish a National Coastal Greenbelt Program (NCGP) that will oversee the creation of 100-meter protection zones along coastal areas. The initial scope of the program will be the Eastern Pacific seaboard, where typhoons make landfall.

Under the measure, a coastal greenbelt stretching at least at least 100 meters in width from the sea towards land will be established in priority areas in each coastal municipality and city identified in the NCGP. Local officials shall prepare a Local Coastal Greenbelt Action plan (LCGGAP) to facilitate the implementation of mandated actions in the program.

The bill defines coastal greenbelt as a strip of natural or planted coastal vegetation, stretching at least 100 meters in width from the sea towards land and primarily of mangrove and beach forest species. The plants are seen to coastal erosion and mitigate the adverse impacts of natural coastal hazards on human lives and property.

Sisa: Eh bakit ba kasi naubos ang mga bakawan? Kinakahoy niyo eh.
Bianca: Okay, may ginagawa naman pala ang government.

5. Obama launches Facebook page

5.15US President Barack Obama belatedly joined more than a billion other Facebook users Monday, signing up to the social networking site and using his first post to encourage action against climate change.
Extending efforts to use modern communications to reach younger and more diverse audiences, the White House posted a video of Obama walking around the South Lawn of the White House.

“I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country,” read a teaser for the video.

The footage shows Obama talking about his “backyard” for the last seven years, which has been known to host a fox, a hawk and many of Washington’s omnipresent squirrels.

“There are a lot of critters out here,” said Obama.

The political motive of the post was to urge support for tackling climate change.

Obama will travel to Paris at the end of this month, hoping to get global support for a deal to limit carbon emissions.

But facing a Republican-controlled Congress, which largely does not recognize the threat of climate change, he needs domestic support for a deal to stick.

The White House said it hopes Facebook would serve as a two-way street for discussion.

“This page will offer Americans a new venue to share their thoughts with the President on the issues that they care about the most,” said Kori Schulman, the White House deputy director of digital strategy. — Agence France-Presse

Sisa: Welcome to facebook sir! Looking forward to your selfies and pabebe waves.
Bianca: Let’s be friends please.

6. ‘Festival of Lights’ show at Ayala Triangle Gardens back for 2015 holidays

6.15Just a few more weeks to go before Christmas – and it’s time to start decorating your space with beautiful twinkling lights.

The Ayala Triangle Gardens did just that on November 9, when they premiered their annual “Festival of Lights” show. Now on its 5th year, the theme of this year’s festival is “Beats and Hues.”

This year, over 800,000 LED lights dance at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati – each one a glimmer of hope for Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.
From November 20 until January 5, visitors of the annual “Enchanting Lights and Sound” show at the Ayala Triangle may reach out to those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda through donation boxes positioned around the area.

All proceeds will go to “Bulig Bisaya” (help for Visayas), the response of the Ayala group of companies in the typhoon aftermath through relief operations.

An online campaign on the Make it Makati Facebook page also serves the same purpose through Christmas E-Cards. Each share is equivalent to a P2 donation.
Year after year, the Enchanting Lights and Sound show provides a unique experience for visitors. This year, 4 unique shows alternating every 30 minutes will run from 6 pm to 9 pm daily until January 5.
But more than anything, it is the purpose which makes this year’s show special. “Binibigyan namin ng pagkakataon ang buong mamamayan na makatulong,” said Ayala Land Inc CEO Antonio Aquino. (We are giving everyone the chance to help.)

On November 8, Super Typhoon Yolanda brought devastation to provinces in the Visayas, leaving more than 5,000 dead and affecting 10 million people.
What has been traditionally the beginning of holiday cheer had turned into a period of mourning and sorrow for the nation.

Sisa: Hindi ito dahil kay Binay. Paalala lang. Bwisit.
Bianca: Yay one thing i don’t have ot move on from

7. PHL to import onions as Lando dents supply

7.15The Philippines intends to import onions this season, as supply of the commodity has shrunk following the onslaught of Typhoon Lando.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), private dealers will be importing red onions to remedy the low supply situation in the country.

“Marami talaga tinamaan na pananim and this is really the season na nauubos na rin ‘yung nasa storage,” Agriculture Assistant Secretary Leandro H. Gazmin said.

Market prices of the onion have surged by as much as P100 a kilo from P70 in the aftermath of the slow moving typhoon which made landfall on October 18 and raked through northern Luzon for about a week.

One of the areas severely hit by Lando was Nueva Ecija, the onion capital of the Philippines.
Nueva Ecija farmers, however, are opposing the plan to ship onions form abroad. – Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VS, GMA News

Sisa: Shortage ng onions? Paano pa tayo magluluto??!
Bianca: Lesser tears?

8. Cops, soldiers to don stilettos for fun run

8.15AROUND 100 soldiers, policemen and firemen will be trading their combat footwear for stiletto shoes as they take part in Marikina City’s annual “Tour de Takong” this Saturday.

Harvey Curry, head of the city’s community relations office which is in charge of the event, told the Inquirer Monday that this was the first time lawmen will be joining the fun run which aims to promote Marikina’s shoe industry and increase awareness of gender equality.

First conceptualized in 2011, male and female runners in the event are required to don heels at least 3 inches high. This year’s event, however, is seen as the toughest as some 500 participants will have to run 1.8 kilometers, the longest race so far.

The first 10 uniformed personnel who finish the race with the heels of their shoes intact will be given a special award. The local government will also hand out other special prizes, including the “Nakaka-takong” award for the male and female runner with the tallest and most unique stiletto shoes.

Those who finish the fun run without damaging their footwear will win P15,000 (first place), P10,000 (second place) and P8,000 (third place).

Other prizes include “Shoe-bebe” for the participant who comes in a cute attire; “Shoe-bae” and “Shoe-babe” for the hunk and sexy runner, respectively; and “Shoe-nior” for the oldest male and female participants.

While the competition does not strictly require participants to use Marikina-made shoes, Curry hopes that they will use locally-made footwear to showcase their durability and encourage others to patronize the city’s products.

Interested participants can register for free at the Marikina City Hall. The race will start at 4:30 p.m. on W. Paz Street, in front of Sta. Elena High School.

Sisa: These shoes were made for walking. And one day, they’re gonna walk all over you.
Bianca: OKay?

9. 2015 world temperatures to hit 1C above pre-industrial levels: UK Met Office

9.15Global mean surface temperatures this year are set to reach one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the first time, Britain’s Met Office said Monday, November 9.

Data from January to September showed global mean temperature at 1.02C (33.83 degrees Fahrenheit) above 1850-1900 levels,” the national weather service said.

The data has a 0.11C margin of error.

“This represents an important marker as the world continues to warm due to human influence,” the Met Office said.

Stephen Belcher, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, said: “We have seen a strong El Nino develop in the tropical Pacific this year and that will have had some impact on this year’s global temperature.
“We’ve had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we’re set to reach the 1C marker and it’s clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory.” – Rappler.com

Sisa: Pano pa dito sa Pinas?!!
Bianca: Brr

10. US donates 3 robots, equipment to detect chemical, nuke devices

10.15THREE US robots and vans equipped to detect chemical and nuclear explosive devices are reinforcing security measures for delegates in next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

On Monday, the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance donated to the Philippine National Police six pickup trucks and various equipment for explosives and ordnance disposal (EOD), including the three portable remote-controlled clawed and wheeled robots, outfitted with cameras.

The donations will help secure the Apec summit to be attended by 21 heads of state, PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez said during turnover ceremonies at Camp Crame.

“In every hotel, route and venue, there will be an EOD-K9 unit, and these equipment will be very helpful in making sure that our people will be able to perform their jobs properly,” Marquez said.
Thomas McDonough, US Embassy regional security officer, said: “I was joking with the [PNP] chief that you have three new recruits now in the PNP—the three robots that just joined you. I know you will make them welcome.”

“This equipment that we are able to donate to our friends in the PNP comes at a very timely moment. We all know that we are getting ready for a very large undertaking—this job of Apec. The PNP will be shouldering most of the burden … the PNP will have the day-in and day-out work of the Apec, so we are very glad that the equipment are going to the Apec efforts,” McDonough said.

He expressed hopes the equipment could help make the police officers’ job “easier, safer and more modern.”

Aside from the robots and the trucks, the donations also included nine post-blast investigation kits and 20 explosives incident countermeasure kits.

Marquez said that over the week, the US Department of Energy also donated four mobile vans for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives detection.

Marquez said that while “there has been no threat” as yet to the summit, the alert level for police in Metro Manila would be raised by Monday next week.

“Of course, the preparation is much different. We have put together the best people. We have gathered the best practices all over the country, and I think the President recognizes the peculiarity of the preparation for this Apec,” Marquez said.

The Apec security task force is made up of 20 agencies, he said. “The sole instruction is there should be zero incident,” he added.

“We only host Apec every 20 years, and hosting Apec is an honor for our country. So I call again our people to be all hosts for next week,” Marquez said.

After the summit, Marquez said the equipment would be distributed to various police units.

Sisa: Wala yan sa “laglag bala!”
Bianca: Sana magamit ng maayos

11. Pinay-Aussie MMA fighter hopes to build fanbase in the Philippines

11.15Pinay-Australian mixed martial arts fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills is hoping to amass Filipino following when she debuts for the ONE Championship on November 13 in Singapore.

Hills, 27, is slated to compete against rising female MMA prospect Angela Lee on the undercard of the Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos rematch. Though the fight would mark her first bout with the organization, she’s already looking forward to possibly competing in the Philippines in the near future.

“I’m really excited to be fighting for ONE Championship and to have a chance at connecting with Filipino fight fans,” said Hills.

“I was born in Cavite City less than an hour away from Manila so it has always been a dream of mine to fight there. I would be honored to gain a following in the Philippines because although I was raised in England, I have always been very proud of my Filipino heritage.”

A striker who decided to take up martial arts after suffering a racial attack in the United Kingdom, Hills says her fighting style has ‘Filipino’ written all over it.

“My mother always told me I was stubborn, ‘matigas ang ulo’ (hard-headed) or in chavacano ‘duro cabeza’ and its true. I take that attitude into my fighting. I’m very aggressive and keep pushing forward,” says Hills.

“I also have the Filipino flag tattooed on my elbow and on my wrists, I have the words “Kilalanin mo ang iyong sarili (know yourself), Igalang mo ang iyong sarili (respect yourself)’ to remind me of my roots and to keep me grounded.” – RAF, GMA News

Sisa: Another Pinay is set to dominate the world! Lezzgo!
Bianca: Our own Ronda!

12. Filipino-British singer Seann Miley Moore eliminated from ‘X-Factor UK

12.15Filipino-British singer Seann Miley Moore was eliminated on the Sunday, November 8 episode (Monday November 9, Manila) of X-Factor UK.

Seann failed to impress the judges with his performance of “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway. He was eliminated with another contestant, Kiera Weathers.

Seann also performed “California Dreaming” on the November 7 show.

In a press release, Seann said he’s thankful for the experience.

“It’s been an incredible journey. But the show must go on,” he said.

“It’s a crazy machine but it’s amazing professionals that will help you to become better. And that’s the thing, you want to grow and experience this world and have tha
t amazing production and you live up there and you guys make the fantasy reality.”
He admitted he was surprised by the results but he’s looking forward to what will happen next.
“I know I have a lot to give and yeah but I’m excited. I will take this is a positive thing and the show must go on,” Seann said, promising to one day fulfill his dream of performing in Madison Square Garden.
With Seann’s elimination, that leaves the girl group 4th Impact as the last Filipino representatives in the show. The 4 sisters were the first group announced to be safe and moving on to the third live show next week.– Rappler.com

He admitted he was surprised by the results but he’s looking forward to what will happen next.
“I know I have a lot to give and yeah but I’m excited. I will take this is a positive thing and the show must go on,” Seann said, promising to one day fulfill his dream of performing in Madison Square Garden.
With Seann’s elimination, that leaves the girl group 4th Impact as the last Filipino representatives in the show. The 4 sisters were the first group announced to be safe and moving on to the third live show next week.– Rappler.com

Sisa: Some good things never last. But still…

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