05 Nov JUAN ROUND TABLE: November 4, 2015

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1. Bullied gay couple gets married

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Remember the gay couple who was bullied online? They just recently tied the knot.
Naparuj Mond Kaendi, a Thai creative director and booking agent at Bacca Model Management, and Thorsten Mid, got married in Germany on Friday, October 31.
Based on Kaendi’s social media posts, they have been together for around 3 years.
The couple got into the online spotlight after one of their photos where they were spotted holding hands on a train went viral in April 2015.

Sisa: Lahat nagpapakasal. Nung isang araw si Mahal. Eto naman ngayon. Bukas pwedeng ako na?
Moe: Now that’s how it’s done! *finger snaps
Nikko: #LoveWins
Jap: Eat rainbows, haters!

2. P385M in donations for disaster victims unused since 2008

2Since 2008, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has spent only P81.068 million for victims of various calamities as of yearend 2014, despite receiving more than P466 million in donations, state auditors said.

In its October 29 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the OCD has a total of P384.95 million unused donations deposited in the Development Bank of the Philippines, where the money has earned P1.709 million in interest.

The amount also includes unused funds amounting to P5.83 million, out of the P26.26 million donations intended for victims of Typhoon Frank in June 2008.

“Utilization of the donations from foreign and local donors in the total amount of P81,068,471.49 was low, depriving the calamity victims of the much needed assistance to alleviate their difficulties,” COA said in its report.

Sisa: Wow! Fantastic Baby!
Moe: Why am I not surprised?
Nikko: This is why we need FOI!
Jap: If this doesn’t ruin your day, I don’t know what will.

3. Over 1M jobs in Metro Cebu by 2050 under roadmap – JICA study

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More than a million jobs are expected to be created in Metro Cebu by 2050, or upon the full implementation of a roadmap for the area, a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed.
JICA said on Tuesday, November 3, that the full implementation of the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu or the Metro Cebu Roadmap, is expected to grow Metro Cebu’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita to more than $20,000 by 2050, almost the same level as South Korea in 2010.

The Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, in collaboration with JICA and Yokohama City, Japan, initiated the study in 2013 for a roadmap and action plan to attain the Mega Cebu Vision 2050, the city’s blueprint for sustainable economic development.
JICA said that based on its study, the Metro Cebu’s GDP is projected to rise by 8.3% annually between 2010 and 2020; 7.8% per year from 2020 to 2030; and 5.8% per year from 2030 to 2050.

Sisa: Daghang trabaho para sa atong mga igsuon na Binisaya!
Moe: Decentralization is the key. It won’t just be Metro Manila or Fort.
Nikko: Hopefully other key cities will follow too!
Jap: Finally some good news!

4. PINOY POWER! CALIFORNIA TECH LESSONS FOR PH ENTREPRENEURS

4The key for the Philippines and all of ASEAN is not just a rash of investment in initial public offerings and hot tech stocks, but for country policymakers to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem to create consistent levels of innovation Philippines techpreneurs, take note.

During our recent Milken Institute Asia Summit held a few weeks back in Singapore, we shared several lessons from the US state of California that not just the Philippines but all ASEAN member states can build on if the region is to become a center of global invention and innovation.
As many Filipinos who have traveled east to visit or to stay in America know, California has been associated with the rewards of risk taking for decades, transforming backyard entrepreneurs into boardroom successes. Those California dreams of tech success have since gone global, capturing the imagination of would-be tech entrepreneurs everywhere, whether in Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, or Silicon Valley.

Sisa: California Girls are undeniable. Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top!
Moe: Wish I could attend!
Nikko: #Proud of our accomplishment in the Digital Arena!
Jap: Wish there was something like that here.

5. Advocacy starts at home: A house designed to help reduce carbon emission

5Architect and painter Sacha Cotture is a living example that environmental advocacy should start at home.

To build a house that promotes the reduction of carbon emission, and is sustainable, Cotture used the bamboos, alongside Romblon marble stones and mahogany wood, as materials.

Making Cotture’s house more environment-friendly are the solar panels installed and the geniusly designed glass roofs, making possible for natural light to illuminate the inside of the house.

Join Cotture on ANC’s Green Living as he tours the public to his green and happy house.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/lifestyle/v1/10/31/15/advocacy-starts-at-home-a-house-designed-to-help-reduce-carbon-emission

Sisa: Bawal magyosi sa bahay na ito. Malamang
Moe: Back to basics.
Nikko: We need more projects like this that tackles Climate Change!
Jap: Definitely redesigning my dream house to include this!

6. Skin problems you must know about before traveling

6We all feel the need to take a break from the city’s busy life when long weekends and holidays permit, and the beach is a usual favorite destination. But what if that vacation turned into something irritating?

This was the case for friends and relatives Baldo, Raisa, and Tatit, who were all excited over their vacation in the beach. They played in the water, and even rubbed the sand on their skin.

Shortly after enjoying the beach came the rashes on their skin.

“Pagbalik namin du’n sa tinutuluyan namin, medyo nangati na kami nang konti, tapos nakita namin, marami na kaming pantal,” Raisa recalled.

Tatit admitted that they were not able to wash after taking a dip in the water as they explored the beach before going home.

Their skin rashes worsened when they arrived in Manila.

This kind of irritation possibly came from bacteria or fungus.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Rey Salinel added, “Hindi natin alam, ano ba ‘yun, staphylococcus aureus, kasi siyempre, kung naligo sila sa ilog, sapa, resort, dagat. Fungal infection ba ‘yun? Pwede rin kasi mangyari ‘yun e.”

Skin problems are not deadly but they are bothersome. Salinel said it is important to take proper care of our body to avoid getting it. Hand washing is very important since dirty hands can be source of different kinds of diseases.

As for Baldo, Raisa, and Tatit, who are planning another vacation, they will make sure to take note of the expert’s advice on proper hand washing.

“After nang maligo sa beach o kaya pumunta kung saan-saan, gagamit ng sabon, ‘yung nakakatanggal ng mga bacteria,” Tatit said.

Sisa: Natural waterways are not what they used to be. Use Safeguard.
Moe: Safeguard BE. I did this before. hahaha
Nikko: This ruins the beach for me.
Jap: A little scary but okay?

7. Uber launches cash payment in PH

7Commuters using ride-hailing app Uber in Manila can now pay using cash.
In a statement, Uber Technologies Inc. said it will now accept cash payments from a “small percentage of Uber riders.”

“Over the coming weeks, this will roll out to all Uber riders,” it added.

Uber was successfully launched in the Philippines last year, but only credit or debit cards could avail of the service.

The Philippines becomes the fifth country in the world and the second in Southeast Asia where the cash payment option is made available.
Uber is also accepting cash payments in its transport services in India, Jeddah, and Vietnam.

“Having the option of paying with cash is really important for people in Metro Manila so this is an exciting experiment for us,” Uber Philippines general manager Laurence Cua said.
“We want everyone to enjoy the hassle-free convenience of ordering a safe ride at the push of a button,” he added.

Uber also encouraged passengers to test the option during the experimental stage and give feedback.

Sisa: Ayan na! Uber na tayo!
Moe: Coping with the times…
Nikko: This is apt, as many Filipinos don’t have access to credit cards.
Jap: *GrabTaxi sweats nervously*

8. Is US presence in disputed sea necessary?

8The United States’ intervention in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is not ideal, but is inevitable and necessary, according to one expert.

For Professor Richard Heydarian, author of “Asia’s New Battlefield: US, China and the struggle for Western Pacific,” the presence of an external power such as the US can pose a control over China’s aggressive reclamation activities in the disputed sea.

“Ideally, there should not be any intervention by external powers. The United States is not a claimant state so ideally, it shouldn’t be part of the picture,” Heydarian said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

“But the reality is that there’s tremendous amount of power asymmetry between China and neighboring countries. And that has given China an impunity, a carte blanche to do whatever it wants,” he added.

Heydarian also said that the US has interests in ensuring that the “artery for global trade” is free of restrictions by asserting the freedom of navigation and freedom of overflight in the South China Sea.

Heydarian added that the Chinese have been imposing restrictions on the movement of aircraft and naval forces in the area, particularly on the Americans, since 2000.

“So in that sense, yes. I believe that the United States’ presence is almost inevitable and necessary,” the professor said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/world/v1/11/03/15/is-us-presence-in-disputed-sea-necessary

9. US fines on Takata could be $200 million for faulty air bags

9The top U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday imposed a fine that could be as high as $200 million on air-bag supplier Takata Corp and ordered it to stop making inflators that use ammonium nitrate as a propellant.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited the chemical as a factor in explosive air-bag ruptures that have caused seven deaths and nearly 100 injuries in the United States.

In an unusual move, Honda Motor Co on Tuesday said it was “deeply troubled” by evidence suggesting Takata “misrepresented and manipulated test data for certain air bag inflators.” Honda was Takata’s largest air-bag customer.

In a Tuesday afternoon briefing, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “We are ordering Takata to phase out production of new inflators using ammonium nitrate. And unless new evidence emerges, the company will have to recall all of its ammonium nitrate inflators.”

NHTSA, which is part of the Department of Transportation, accused Takata of providing “selective, incomplete or inaccurate data” from 2009 to the present.

Foxx said NHTSA had “taken Takata from being in a kicking-and-screaming mode to being part of the solution.”

NHTSA said $70 million of the Takata fine was payable in cash, with another $130 million due if company does not comply or if the agency uncovers additional violations of safety regulations.

The regulator said 12 automakers had recalled 19 million vehicles with more than 23 million potentially defective inflators. Foxx said millions of unrecalled vehicles could still be on the road with inflators that use ammonium nitrate, a compound that can become unstable when exposed to moisture.

“We’re putting the burden on Takata to show that ammonium nitrate is safe,” Foxx said. “We have enough suspicion about this substance to believe there is risk to the consumer. And until (Takata) can prove that it’s safe, we will not see ammonium nitrate in these air bags in the future.”

NHTSA also said it might take four more years for manufacturers to come up with enough replacement inflators for the vehicles that already have been recalled.

The agency ordered carmakers to accelerate repairs on “high-risk” inflators, including those in areas of high relative humidity, and to have enough replacement parts on hand by June 2016.

NHTSA said vehicles that have received “interim remedies” because of supply and design issues must be repaired by the end of 2019.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/543061/money/companies/us-fines-on-takata-could-be-200-million-for-faulty-air-bags#sthash.SeBv48ta.dpuf

10. Twitter replaces stars with hearts

10Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) has replaced its star-shaped “favorite” icon with a heart-shaped icon called “like” as part of efforts to make the microblogging website more user-friendly as user growth slows.
“You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“We know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers.”

The heart, on the other hand, is a universal symbol and more expressive, the company said.
Twitter, which has been trying to rekindle growth and user engagement, appointed Jack Dorsey as its permanent chief executive last month.

Since Dorsey took over as interim CEO in July, Twitter has rolled out several products including a “buy now” button that allows users to make purchases directly through Twitter.

The “like” icon is available on Twitter and the company’s Vine video streaming service, the company said. — Reuters

Sisa: Heart talaga?
Moe: The start of Twitter’s decay??
Nikko: #BringBackTheStars
Jap: Hey yo Twitter! Imma let you finish but Instagram had the best hearts of all time!

11. Hollywood star Margot Robbie on El Nido: ‘I died and went to heaven’

11For the second straight year, Palawan was named by readers of Condé Nast Traveler as the best island in the world in its reader’s choice awards.

Hollywood actress Margot Robbie seems to agree.

The “Suicide Squad” star posted a photo of herself swimming in the waters of El Nido with the caption: “I think I died and went to heaven.”

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/542896/lifestyle/travel/hollywood-star-margot-robbie-on-el-nido-i-died-and-went-to-heaven#sthash.6BIQIoxX.dpuf

Sisa: Let’s die together.
Moe: I wanna experience heaven too!!
Nikko: Welcome to paradise, Gurl! Did you try eating balut? Chos!
Jap: Girl crush forever! Glad you enjoyed our humble abode!

12. Celebrating Fil-am History Month without Fil-Am history

12San Franciscans who celebrated Filipino American History Month at the stately City Hall rotunda on Wednesday, October 28, at the invitation of the City’s first Asian American mayor, Edwin Lee, were regaled by performances of Philippine traditional dance and music, treated to sumptuous Filipino food and “lambanog” liquor and warmly welcomed by the local Philippine Consul-General, Henry Bensurto Jr. The event offered everything one would expect from a Filipino American History Month celebration except “Filipino American History.”

Apparently, when Mayor Lee created his committee of local Filipino American officials to organize what has become an annual event, no one on his committee bothered to learn the purpose of celebrating Filipino American History Month. The members could have been informed that on September 25, 2009, the state of California officially declared October as “Filipino American History Month” to honor the first Filipinos to set foot in California on October 18, 1587.

They could also have learned that the U.S. House of Representatives on September 29, 2010 and the U.S. Senate on October 5, 2011 passed concurrent bipartisan resolutions to officially celebrate October as Filipino American History Month in the United States to promote the study of Filipino American history “as a time to renew efforts toward the research and examination of history and culture in order to provide an opportunity for all people in the United States to learn and appreciate more about Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation.”

Sisa: Huh?
Moe: But what’s the point?
Nikko: Someone call Grace Poe for comments!
Jap: Proper briefing is key, people.

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