Posted by: Chuck | September 25, 2013


Hello folks, straight from Danao here is today’s news for you. Believe or not it’s raining hard here in our fair city from the effects from the recent Typhoon Usagi. Let us all be thankful to  God for His continuous loving care, for friends who make life joyful, for His graces and blessings given though we often don’t deserved them. I hope each of you my friends have a good day. In some parts of the Philippines bridges have collapsed and traffic has been rerouted because of flooding. Some places in the northern part of the country are under one meter of water.  A laugh 4 you:

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Nur Misuari, blamed for the deadly Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) attack in Zamboanga City, is holed up in Sulu together with some 60 to 100 of his followers, according to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Mujiv Hataman.

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Torrential monsoon rains hit the northwestern Philippines on Monday, triggering landslides and killing 20 people in areas already weakened by a powerful typhoon, and raising the death toll to 47 from storms across Asia. Philippine officials said soldiers and villagers were also searching for at least seven people missing in mountainside villages hit by the landslides Monday in the province of Zambales. In China, where Typhoon Usagi struck after passing by the Philippines, officials said the storm killed 25 people in the southern province of Guangdong, 13 of them in the city of Shanwei where it struck the coast late Sunday. The other deaths came when two people drowned when a passenger boat capsized in northeastern Aurora province in the Philippines. watch

Four Chinese ships entered waters around islands at the center of a bitter dispute with Japan on Saturday with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia’s two largest powers. The four Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands — which Beijing calls the Diaoyus — Saturday morning, the Japanese coastguard said. They had all left the waters more than four hours later and were in contiguous waters just outside of the 12-nautical-mile band Saturday afternoon, the Japanese guards said. The moves came after the first anniversary Wednesday of Tokyo’s nationalization of part of the chain. On the eve of the anniversary, a flotilla of eight Chinese ships entered the territorial band of waters. 

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Beijing blames climate change for wreaking havoc on scarce water resources, but critics say the country’s headlong drive to build its industrial prowess and huge hydro projects are just as responsible. Hundreds of rivers have already vanished in northwestern Gansu, one of the country’s driest regions. In the town of Minqin, residents said the problem was not new, with the nearby Shiyang River disappearing not because of temperature rises, but because a vast upstream reservoir built two decades ago to irrigate a large farm cut off their supply.

President Obama could improve relations with Congress by taking a page from Woodrow Wilson’s playbook, so says Pulitzer- Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg. Berg, who has recently published a new book on Woodrow Wilson, told “Politics Confidential” that the 28th president, in contrast to Obama, had a “sustained dialogue with lawmakers.” Wilson also called 25 joint sessions of Congress over the course of his two terms as president and brought back the in-person State of the Union address — important interactions with the Congress that Berg says “worked” – helping the president to accomplish his legislative agenda. Please watch

A former U.S. nuclear regulatory chief said Tuesday that leaks of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima plant had been known since early in the crisis and have worsened because Japan acted too slowly. Gregory Jaczko said that U.S. and Japanese officials knew leaks would occur when massive amounts of water were used to cool molten reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant after a major tsunami hit in March 2011. Jaczko said he was surprised how long it took Japan to start tackling the problem. “It’s been known for a long time that this would be an issue,” he told a news conference in Tokyo. “My biggest surprise is to some extent how it’s been allowed to deteriorate, a little bit, and how it’s almost become a surprise again that there are contamination problems, that there is leakage out into the sea.” When the plant was in critical condition with three reactor cores melted and in dire need of cooling water, Jaczko said Japanese and U.S. officials disputed how much water should be put in because of the imminent leaks of radiation contaminated water and measures needed to contain that problem. He said the Japanese government was concerned that the flooding those reactor vessels and reactor buildings with cooling water “would lead to greater leakage of ground water,” whereas the NRC emphasized the need to keep reactors cool and under control to minimize the airborne contamination.Please Read:

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The new U.S. envoy to Hong Kong insisted on Tuesday that Washington would not be silenced by China in calling for democracy in the global financial hub, vowing to continue speaking out for core rights and freedoms. U.S. Consul-General Clifford Hart’s first public speech in the former British colony came amid rising political and diplomatic tensions that have included formal warnings from China that Western nations must not meddle in the city’s politics. Hart has already been targeted, with Beijing’s top Hong Kong-based Foreign Ministry representative, Song Zhe, warning him against interference while Communist Party-backed newspapers rail against his “subversive” activities.

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New satellite images suggest North Korea tested a long-range rocket engine last month, a US research institute said Monday. While the exact engine type could not be identified, possibilities included the second stage of the Unha-3 Space Launch Vehicle or the second or third stage engine of a much larger rocket under development, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University posted on its 38 North website. Analysis of before and after satellite photos indicated the test had taken place sometime between August 25 and 30 at the North’s Sohae satellite launching station, the post said.

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Former President George W. Bush has come to the defense of his successor, President Barack Obama, where golf is concerned – saying it’s good for any commander in chief to hit the links while running the country. Bush, in an interview with Golf Channel host Jimmy Roberts set to air on Tuesday, said that he disagrees with critics who say that Obama plays too much golf. “I see our president criticized for playing golf; I don’t (criticize him),” Bush said in an excerpt of the interview released by the Golf Channel on Monday evening. “I think he ought to play golf.” Asked by Roberts why he believed that Obama should hit the golf course, Bush responded: “Because I know what it’s like to be in the bubble and I know the pressures of the job and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It gives you an outlet.”–golf.html

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist militant group said on Tuesday its militants were still holding out in a Kenyan shopping center they attacked over the weekend, and said hostages they held in the Westgate mall in Nairobi were still alive. “There are countless number of dead bodies still scattered inside the mall, and the Mujahideen (fighters) are still holding their ground #Westgate,” the group said on its new Twitter feed @HSM_PR. “The hostages who were being held by the Mujahideen inside #Westgate are still alive, looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive.” The group regularly changes its Twitter handle as its accounts are frequently suspended, but it informs journalists and others of the change by email or other means.

Quarterback Matt Schaub led the Houston Texans to a 12-4 record and a playoff victory in 2012 while throwing 22 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. What he did best, however, was protect the ball. In three games this season, Schaub has led the Texans to a 2-1 record. He has six touchdown passes and four interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He has been sacked seven times. “We’ve got to protect him better, and he’s got to protect the ball better,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’ve got to become more consistent. We’ve got to find ways to get the ball down the field more.” In the 30-9 loss Sunday at Baltimore, where the Texans are 0-4, Schaub played his worst game since last season. He was 25-for-35 passing for 194 yards. He was under constant pressure from the Ravens pass rush. He was sacked three times and hurried four more.–nfl.html

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