Daily Archives: 01/17/2011

10,000 Cattle Dead in Vietnam

In the latest of a string of mass animal deaths, 10,000 cows and buffalo have died in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed the news this week that more than 10,000 cows and buffaloes died nationwide due to a particularly intense winter.

Mass animal deaths have been in the news quite a bit lately. Hundreds of birds were found dead in South Dakota early this week, and before that birds were found dead in Italy and birds fell from the sky in Arkansas, among other incidents.

Some of the mass die-offs have been explained – for instance, indigestion is thought to be the cause in Italy and the U.S. government has admitted involvement in the South Dakota case. But others remain up for debate.

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Filipina Sentenced to Life in Bali

MANILA, Philippines – The lower court of Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia has sentenced a Filipina traveler to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Citing a report of the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, the DFA said the court handed down its decision on January 6.

The DFA did not identify the Filipina, but said she was found carrying 2.4 kilos of heroin on July 12 by the authorities at the Ngurap Rai International Airport in Bali. The suspected drug mule was one of the passengers of an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Citing the Filipina’s case, the DFA on Wednesday reminded Filipino travelers, including migrant workers, about “stiff penalties imposed by other countries on anyone caught carrying illegal drugs.” When traveling overseas, Filipinos are also advised not to accept packages from strangers because they may contain illegal drugs. – Philippine Daily Inquirer


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Vizconde to Take Streets Protest

MANILA, Philippines – Lauro Vizconde will take to the streets to protest the Supreme Court’s (SC) dismissal of his motion to reverse the acquittal of Hubert Webb and six others convicted of the 1991 rape-murder of his 19-year-old daughter and the killing of his wife and seven-year-old daughter. Speaking to reporters, Vizconde said he would not stop in his quest for justice.

“The SC decision is not the end,” he said in Filipino. “I thirst for justice. The Filipino people have been frustrated.”

He would link up with various cause-oriented groups led by the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Vizconde said.

Meanwhile, Vizconde said he is willing to substantiate his allegation that Senior Justice Antonio Carpio had persuaded other SC justices to acquit Webb and the others. He will substantiate his allegations once he receives a formal order from the SC, he added.

On the other hand, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said yesterday he will follow the SC order for him to provide proof about his allegations that Carpio was involved in influencing the outcome of the Vizconde massacre. Topacio said he and Vizconde will faithfully comply with the SC order. – Philippine Star

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Pacquiao wants 6 more fights

MANILA – Looks like Manny Pacquiao has a long way to go before retirement. This was declared by Top Rank promotions chief Bob Arum who had chatted with the Fighter of the Decade last December.

The boxing promoter Arum specified that the 8-division world champ Pacquiao still wants to extend his boxing career with at least 2 fights a year.

“Between 2011, 2012 and 2013, he plans to have 6 fights,” he said in a report.

Pacquiao is now set to trade punches against the former World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight “Sugar” Shane Mosley May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the fight with Mosley, the Pacman is expected to return in September or October for a second boxing match.

Where is Mayweather?

Arum was also asked regarding the much-wanted fight between Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

He said he, too, is eager for a fight but considering Mayweather’s recentcontroversies, the supposed “Fight of the Century” is again put to question. He added that he recently attempted to contact the boxer. He said he got ignored. – Philippine News

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Floods Affect OFWs Under Jeddah Bridge

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Undocumented Filipinos temporarily living under a bridge in Jeddah were affected by flood water due to non-stop rain for several days.

The flood reportedly affected the small tents of more than 60 Filipinos living under the Kandara Bridge.

There are also 15 Pinoy children, including a 3-month-old baby, seeking refuge under the bridge.

Several Filipinos who learned about the situation of OFWs under the bridge immediately extended help.

Bailyn Sumail is just one the distressed workers living under the bridge. Sumail said she went to Saudi Arabia to give a better future to her family in Cotabato. Now, Sumail wants to just go home to the Philippines Kailfoe being unemployed, homeless and no food to eat. Like her, other distressed Pinoys hope that the government will soon find a solution to bring them all back home. ABS-CBN

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NY Atty. General to help abused Filipina

NEW YORK CITY, USA – A Filipina babysitter who was allegedly turned into a modern-day slave by her Filipino employers in the United States has found an ally in the New York state’s attorney general.

After 10 years of suffering in the hands of alleged human traffickers, Leticia Moratal is now smiling after meeting with the New York attorney general’s labor office.

Civil rights lawyer Felix Vinluan said the attorney general’s office has vowed to assess if the government can file a criminal case against Moratal’s former employers, the Nolasco family, who allegedly enslaved and abused her for 10 years.

Moratal claimed that employers Elsa and Augusto Nolasco and their daughters confiscated her passport, isolated her, and subjected her to years of “backbreaking labor and psychological abuse,” without being paid since 2001.Moratal also claimed that she was threatened with deportation if she did not follow their demands.

As a victim of human trafficking, Moratal can secure a visa to stay and work in the US.

Filipino-American nonprofit groups National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines are standing behind the pursuit of justice for labor trafficking victims like Moratal. ABS-CBN

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Target to Open Stores in Canada, Eh?

Target is acquiring leases on over 200 Zellers stores in Canada in the amount of US$1.84 billion marking Target’s first venture to the international market. The Minneapolis-based company is planning to spend another C$1 billion in store renovations.

It’s about time that Walmart gets some tough competition.  The Arkansas-based company has been dominating the Canadian retail market for years and had been slamming Zellers on sales.

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