Posted by: Chuck | October 28, 2013

Good news to tell you all!

Good day friends no thunder storms hit here last night and no wolves could be heard howling at the moon, just a very peaceful night. Last night I had the best sleep I’ve had in ages. Perhaps the best way to motivate others is to cast a beam ahead to where they already want to go but did not know where it was or how to get there. God gives eternal choices and these choices have eternal consequences. One of God’s greatest gifts is the gift of choice. May God grant you the strength and the wisdom to make the right choices everyday. National Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, trader Janet Lim-Napoles, and 20 others in connection with the alleged misuse of P900 million in royalties from the Malampaya gas fund. ‘The dictionary defines “bribe” thus: dishonestly persuade someone to act in one’s favor by a gift of money or other inducement; while “incentive” is defined as a thing that motivates or encourages someone to do something.’

For a change, there’s good news coming from the United Nations. There appears to be a breakthrough in the two most contentious issues facing the world body. The first is the Iranian nuclear issue. US President Barack Hussain Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had a telephone conversation, the first between the leaders of the two countries in 34 years. The last time was when Jimmy Carter talked on the telephone with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi just before the latter was overthrown by the ayatollahs in 1979. The breakthrough came about principally due to the election of moderate Rouhani as Iranian president. He declared that his government wants a quick resolution to the nuclear issue. The US and other Western countries believe that Iran’s nuclear program is designed to produce weapons. Iran, on the other hand, insists it is for purely peaceful purposes. The Rouhani, Obama chat was preceded by a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Both sides emerged from that meeting cautiously optimistic that the long, festering issue of Iran’s nuclear program now has a chance of being resolved.

The United States and Japan has moved to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new challenges, including a nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory. In the first update to the defense partnership in 16 years, the allies agreed to position second early-warning radar in Japan within the next year to help protect against North Korea. And by next spring, they will deploy new long-range surveillance drones to help monitor disputed islands in the East China Sea, a move that may well raise tensions with Beijing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and their Japanese counterparts also put a price, for the first time, on what Japan will contribute to the relocation of Marines out of Okinawa to Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan will pay up to $3.1 billion of the estimated $8.6 billion cost of the move, which includes development of new facilities in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

A setback in life gives you an opportunity to cherish the glory inherent in a comeback to life. May the peace of the Lord be with you always, Uncle Chuck

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