Tuesday, May 31, 2011
"The genie laughed and said, "That's impossible!!! Think of the LOGISTICS of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete -- how much steel!! No, think of another wish; "The man said "OK, I will try to think of a really good wish".
Finally, he said, "I've been married and divorced four times, my wives always said that I don't care and that I'm insensitive; So, I wish that I could understand women, know how they feel inside and what they're thinking when they give me the silent treatment, know why they're crying, know what they really want when they say "nothing," know how to make them truly happy. "The genie said, "Do you want that bridge to be two lanes or four? "
Monday, May 30, 2011
A 22-year-old Australian university student named Amelia Fraser-McKelvie has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break locating the mystery material within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies".
Monash astrophysicist Dr Kevin Pimbblet explained that scientists had previously detected matter that was present in the early history of the universe but that could not now be located.
According to Pimblet that there is a missing mass, ordinary mass not dark mass and it is missing to the present day however, now they do know where it went because that's what Amelia found.
Fraser-McKelvie, an aerospace engineering and science student, was able to confirm after a targeted X-ray search for the mystery mass that it had moved to the "filaments of galaxies", which stretch across enormous expanses of space.
Pimbblet's earlier work had suggested the filaments as a possible location for the "missing" matter, thought to be low in density but high in temperature and Pimbblet further explained that astrophysicists had known about the "missing" mass for the past two decades, but the technology needed to pinpoint its location had only become available in recent years.
He said the discovery could drive the construction of new telescopes designed to specifically study the mass and though the discovery was primarily academic, he stressed that previous physics research had led to the development of diverse other technologies.
"Whenever I speak to people who have influence, politicians and so on, they sometimes ask me 'Why should I invest in physics pure research?'. And I sometimes say to them: 'Do you use a mobile phone? Some of that technology came about by black hole research'.
"The pure research has knock-on effects to the whole society which are sometimes difficult to anticipate." - Yahoo
Friday, May 27, 2011
A UNIT of diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has acquired parcels of land at the biggest shipyard in the Visayas area.
Keppel Philippines Holdings Inc. said it had sold its 72-percent stake in Keppel Cebu Shipyard Land Inc. (KCSLI) to SMC Shipping and Lighterage Corp.
The shares in KCSLI, held by Keppel Holdings’ unit Goodsoil Marine Realty Inc., will be sold for a total of P596.2 million.
SMC Shipping is the cargo handling, warehousing and shipping service provider to the San Miguel group. The company said the acquisition was meant to “expand its business interests,” but did not elaborate.
The SMC group, led by chair Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. and run by president Ramon S. Ang, has been diversifying into heavy industries such as power generation and infrastructure to add to its growth drivers as revenues from traditional sources plateau.
The Coast Guard said the Malaysian towing company contracted to remove the vessel has decided to unload some 8,000 tons of the coal cargo before re-floating it. But the process according to the Coast Guard has been slow as only 1,600 tons have so far been transferred to a barge.
The MV Double Prosperity was carrying 66,000 tons of coal from Australia to India when it ran aground on the reef.
Angel Zapatos, provincial legal officer, said late last week that four coral and fish experts from the University of the Philippines’ marine science department conducted an investigation to determine the extent of damage to the reef and marine life.
Zapatos said a special board will conduct a marine inquiry to determine why the international cargo ship deviated from its route and ploughed through the coral reef.
Sanrangani Governor Miguel Dominguez had said earlier he believed the ship’s crew – mostly Filipinos – had left the vessel on autopilot while they watched the Pacquiao-Mosley fight.
Officers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), together with the 17 local government units (LGU) of Metro Manila, will prohibit lighting up in bus terminals, waiting sheds, schools, hospitals, recreational places and inside public utility vehicles starting May 30 as part of a joint campaign to protect Filipinos from secondhand smoke.MMDA's "environmental enforcers" will issue warnings to those who will be caught violating the provisions of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 for the month of June.
The biggest ports of Europe are not big enough to house the growing container vessel imports from Asia. So to cope up with the ‘space crunch’, many ports are raising their terminal capacity.
Serious congestion issues are troubling the biggest European ports due to their failure to expand fast enough to accommodate burgeoning imports of container vessels from Asia.
Industry officials are of the view that the only solution for growing chaos at ports is to upgrade the terminal capacity to handle the growing imports of manufactured goods from China. However, the expansion work is not going fast enough to match pace with the trade flow.
The data from CLECAT (a European association for transport, logistic, and customs services) reveals that container shipping is projected to rise 7.8% annually during the period spanning from 2005 to 2011, while the port capacity of Europe is anticipated to hike by just 4.2%.
Due to high congestion, port of Rotterdam (largest in Europe), Hamburg in Germany (second largest port in Europe) and Southampton and Felixstowe, Britain, had to return container vessels in 2007, said industry officials, according to news reported by Cargonewsasia on June 15, 2007.
1.Set clear boundaries. Don't skimp on up-front agreements because you trust each other. Remember this is a financial transaction, not a friend charity fund.
2.Establish rules of engagement. As the venture moves from idea to execution, make sure there is a sound business plan in place and you discuss plans for action.
3.Accurately assess your partners. Going in on a venture together is a lot like dating. Don't be fooled by love at first sight. Do a SWOT analysis on your partners so you understand what you are getting into before it's too late.
Source: "My First, Failed Foray into Venture Investing" by Whitney Johnson.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Source: from "Your Boss is Your Client (& Your Colleagues Are Too)" by Jodi Glickman
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt and which more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings. Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings including of two suspected pyramids through the analyzation of the images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth's surface. In the BBC documentary Egypt's Lost Cities, they visit an area of Saqqara (Sakkara) where the authorities were not initially interested in her findings, however,after being told by Dr Parcak that she had seen two potential pyramids, they made test excavations and they now believe it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt. Recently, they'd excavated a 3,000 year old house that the satellite imagery had shown and the outline of the structure matched the satellite imagery almost perfectly which really validation the technology. The Egyptian authorities plan to use the technology to help protect the country's antiquities in the future and also hopes that the new technology will help engage young people in science and will be a major help for archaeologists around the world. -BBC News
2. Your monthly statements are handwritten, in crayon.
3. When you want to make a withdrawal, clerks suddenly don't speak English.
4. Your safety deposit box is a Dunkin' Donuts carton wrapped in tin foil.
5. All cash deposits go directly into teller's pants.
6. Toll-free customer service line is: 1-800-GET-HOSED.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Edu del Agua
Monday, May 23, 2011
If you're one of those people who tends to bottle things up, only to explode ... don't hold it in so long. Studies show that bursts of anger here and there are good for the health, and can be an even more effective coping mechanism than becoming afraid, irritated or disgusted. Anger, however, is best in moderation. stay angry for long periods of time and you'll be plagued with a host of health issues, like blood pressure, sleep disorders and lung damage.
Source: "The Right Way to Respond to Failure" by Peter Bregman
- Earned Income: Income generally derived from a job of some form of labour. In most common form a paycheck. It is also the highest taxed income.
- Portfolio Income: income generally derived from paper asset such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. Portfolio income is by far the most popular form of investment income, simply because paper asset are so much easier to manage and maintain than any other others.
- Passive income: income generally derived from patents of license agreements. Yet approximately 80% of the time, passive income is from real estate.
- to be secure
- to be comfortable
- to be rich
Saturday, May 21, 2011
"There's a culture of impunity where if one is rich, influential and powerful, one can get away from detention, such as what has happened to ex-Batangas Gov. Antonio Leviste and former Zamboangadel Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos". When you go to prison there is no equal treatment; there's VIP treatment as Bishop Pedro Arigo said over the Church-owned radio veritas.
Source: Philippine daily inquirer, may 21, saturday issue..
Friday, May 20, 2011
availability. Logistics can increase this value. Suppliers or distributors, for
instance, can offer the customer increased added value by taking over logistics
activities like free delivery. Such performance-oriented concepts improve
customer satisfaction and create competitive edges.
While there is general agreement about its provisions on maternal and child health, there is great debate on its key proposal that the Filipino taxpayer and the private sector will fund and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as birth control pills (BCPs) and IUDs, as the government continues to disseminate information on their use through all health care centers. Private companies and the public and private elementary and secondary school system will be required to participate in this information and product dissemination as a way of controlling the population of the Philippines.
The bill is highly controversial, with experts, academics, religious institutions, and major political figures both supporting and opposing it, often criticizing the government and each other in the process. The issue is so divisive that at one point, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines threatened to excommunicate the President, Benigno Aquino III if he supported the bill.
Create and maintain a safe working environment and promote safe behaviour through a programme of proactive accident prevention by identifying hazards, assessing risks and implementing necessary preventive measures, before accidents and ill-health arise.
Provide advice to seafarers and their families on the benifits that are available to them particularly with regards to medical care, sickness benefits, unemployment benefits, old-age benefits, employment injury benefits, family benefits, maternity benefits, invalidity benefits and survivor's benefits.
Develop a company culture by building trust through a policy of openness, good communication and empowerment such that the employee and his/her family feel valued and involved as part of the Company.
2. Take more breaks: Working through lunch makes you less effective in the afternoons, meaning you will achieve less overall
3. Listen more: The answers are always there in front of you, you just need to listen for them instead of arguing your point
4. Get more sleep: A well rested body makes it easier to put proper perspective on your problems
5. Laugh more: Laughter is nature’s stress reliever. A bit of office banter can actually create a better workplace
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Philippine Government recently purchased from the United States a Weather High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) vessel which was turned over to the Philippine Navy last May 13, 2011 in Alameda, California. The maiden crew of the WHEC are in the Alameda US Coast Guard facility undergoing familiarization training onboard the vessel. They will sail her across the Pacific for the Philippines on August this year. The vessel will be the largest in the inventory of the Philippine Navy and will be deployed to patrol Philippine territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone. The Cutter is armed with a 76mm gun mount controlled by an MK92 Fire Control System and was designed to undertake long range search and rescue operations, oceanographic research and law enforcement - defense operations. This form part of the series of acquisitions to modernize the current capabilities and assets of the Philippine Navy.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Source: "Turn Down the Volume on Yelling!" by Ron Ashkenas
Source: "The Perils of the All-Employee Meeting" by Amy Jen Su and
Muriel Maignan Wilkins.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
NYK and OOCL are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement for the charter of four 13,000 TEU ships.
OOCL has exercised its option to order an additional four 13,000 TEU ships on top of the original order of six.
Out of the ten ships, four will be chartered to NYK for a period of three years. The first charter ship will be delivered to NYK in 2013.
Both parties intend to deploy these ten ships within the Grand Alliance service network to allow for a service upgrade.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies; NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo, at the end of March 2010, the NYK Group was operating 803 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks.
The company's shipping fleet includes 142 containerships, 321 bulk carriers, 57 woodchip carriers, 115 car carriers, 85 tankers, 30 LNG carriers, three cruise ships, and 50 other ships.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed Orient Overseas (International) Ltd., Headquartered in Hong Kong, OOCL is one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation and logistics companies, with more than 270 offices in 60 countries.
OOCL is one of the leading international carriers serving China, providing a full range of logistics and transportation services throughout the country; It is also an industry leader in the use of information technology and e-commerce to manage the entire cargo process.
The Philippine foreign affairs department said it's not clear how Christopher Cortez Ceprado died and if the pirates were responsible.
He was found dead Friday, four days after armed pirates robbed the chemical tanker MT Sea King and its 17 Filipino crewmen in the port of Benin's main city, Cotonou. The other crewmen were not harmed.
The department said Tuesday the Philippine embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, was coordinating with Benin authorities in investigating his death and repatriating his remains.
Filipino sailors make up a third of the world's 1.2 million merchant seafarers.