Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
EH is one way of reminding us that we really need to play our part in relation to the global issue on climate change. That is an awareness that is going to be part of our system. In our small way, we really tried to reduce our power consumption by seeing to it that we only use electricity when necessary. Say, we would switch our refrigerator off regularly for hours. That significantly reduced our monthly energy consumption.
Local tv reports claimed that the EH event last Saturday in Davao alone was able to save around 12.3 MW of power consumption. Nice one.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
And who said it would not affect the economy? Five-year historical data showed that 15 percent of the total remittances came from the middle east region. That's a lot of money not only for the Philippine government but also to the families at home who rely on these remittances.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
This is the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years this Friday, reports claimed. Following the earthquake, a ten-meter high Tsunami also hit the coastal areas of the northeastern Pacific region of Japan. Here in Mindanao as in some parts of the Philippines, coastal areas fronting the direction of the Tsunami are also warned of the possible rise in seawater to one meter.
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake was caused by the movement of the fault line in the northern part of Japan, according to experts. Japan is situated in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire making it prone to tremors.
Wikipedia has this to say about the Pacific Ring of Fire:
The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt.
Wikipedia also noted that there are about 500,000 earthquakes each year but only 100,000 of these tremors are felt. As far as major earthquakes are concerned, it is recorded in Wikipedia that the worst disaster ocurred in Hua Shan (Shaanxi Province of China) in 1556. It killed a total of 830,000 person. The second worst quake occurred in 1976, still, in China (Tangshan) which claimed about 240,000 to 655,000 people.
Despite advanced technologies we have in this 21st century, earthquake is a disaster that we cannot predict with accuracy to at least minimize impact on humanity.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Bet the nostrils of Pnoy and DFA Sec. Alberto Romulo (who is 71 years old by the way) were like pumping up the air. LOL. But that's a good exercise if you ask the fitness buffs - blessing in this guise.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
But the political developments that started in Egypt are issues that should move the government to undertake a comprehensive preparation more especially that the region where there are OFWs is facing unrest due to political movements. There are over half million Filipino workers in the middle east who stand to be affected if political situation should worsen there.
BTW, the cartoon was another repartee on Edsa celebration.