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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Potassium iodide pills




Potassium iodide pills prevent against radiation poisoning of the thyroid gland.


Anti-radiation pills are flying off store shelves as people in the U.S. grow concerned about possible exposure from Japanese nuclear reactors. 


It is good to have them on standby but be informed that you would also be prone to side effects. So don't take them unless your doctor tell you otherwise.

Potassium iodide, in the event of fallout after nuclear attack. When taken within hours of a radiation release, potassium iodide can protect against thyroid cancer.

Children in particular are the most susceptible to the least amount of radiation. In the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, children who were exposed to radioactive fallout had a 30- to 60-fold increased rate of thyroid cancer.

The FDA's action just heightens the controversy over whether or not to stockpile the potassium iodine pills. Some experts advocate keeping sufficient sufficient enough quantities to distribute the pills to everyone at risk in the areas around and downwind of nuclear facilities, even encouraging homes and schools to keep the drug on hand. Other officials are reluctant, claiming that in the event of a nuclear accident or release, their main effort would be to move people away from the fallout path. Currently, only Alabama, Arizona, Maine and Tennessee have substantial stockpiles of potassium iodide. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently looking at whether potassium iodide should be widely stockpiled.

David Lochbaum, a nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a watchdog group, told the Washington Post: "All the studies I've seen have shown that it does provide protection, particularly for young children. Considering its price, it just seems like a no-brainer. We should have been doing this a long time ago."

The way potassium iodide works is that when taken before heavy exposure to radioactive fallout -- much of which contains a radioactive form of iodine --thepotassium iodide binds to the thyroid's iodine receptors with a safe form of iodine, thereby preventing uptake of the cancer and disease-causing radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland.

The dosing instructions for potassium iodide have been updated by the FDA, with the biggest changes being made to the doses recommended for children and infants, and recommendations that the drug be taken by children and pregnant or nursing mothers at far lower levels of radiation exposure than previously thought

The new FDA guidelines recommend daily doses of potassium iodide at the following levels during the period deemed as dangerous after a
  radio active accident:

Infants: birth to 1 month less than 1 month old: 16 milligrams.
Children aged 1 month to 3 years: 32 milligrams.
Children 3 to 18 years old: 65 milligrams.
Adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, and adolescents over 150 pounds: 130 milligrams.
 


It should be given within a few hours of radiation exposure — but isn't considered that useful for people over age 40.


Potassium iodide is not a prescription drug, and anybody who wants to can buy it inexpensively, though most pharmacies don't stock the drug.

The FDA has said that in the event of a radiation disaster, the benefits of potassiumiodide far outweigh the minimal risks.

Please don't drink Potassium IODINE pills unless proper authorities give you a go signal because it has side effects.


TOP 20 MOST INFUENTIAL FILIPINAS BY GOOGLE MARCH 2011



Here is the complete list of 20 Most Influential Filipino Women of 2010 according to Google Philippines:




1. Shalani Soledad (politician / TV host)

2. Kris Aquino (TV host / actress)


3. Ruffa Gutierrez (TV host / actress)


4. Maria Venus Raj (beauty queen / TV host)


5. Charice (international singer)


6. Angel Locsin (actress)


7. Sarah Geronimo (singer / actress)


8. Regine Velasquez (singer / actress)


9. Heart Evangelista (actress)

 

10. Miriam Defensor Santiago (senator)


11. Lea Salonga (international singer)


12. Doris Dumlao (business writer)


13. Kristine Hermosa (actress)


14. Toni Gonzaga (TV host / actress)


15. Sharon Cuneta (actress / singer)


16. Mariel Rodriguez (TV host)


17. Monique Lhuillier (international fashion designer)


18. Bea Alonzo (actress)


19. Korina Sanchez (broadcaster)


20. Nora Aunor (actress)


Monday, March 14, 2011

US EMBASSY JOB FAIR ON MARCH 18-20, 2011 @ SM CITY NORTH EDSA MALL










MANILA, Philippines - The US Embassy and 32 other companies are offering employment opportunities through a 3-day event in a mall in Quezon City this weekend.


America in 3D, an event organized by the US Embassy, is providing a total of 6,600 job openings in the following companies:
  • Accenture Inc.
  • ADP (Philippines) Inc.
  • Allegro Microsystems Philippines Inc.
  • Analog Devices Philippines
  • California Clothing Co. (Guess? USA)
  • Chartis Technology & Operations Management
  • ChevronJOB FAIRCitibank
  • Emerson
  • Emerson-Fisher Rosemount Systems
  • Fujitsu Philippines Inc. / We Serve Systems International Inc.
  • GXS Philippines
  • Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific Ltd.
  • Hi-Flyer Foods Inc. (KFC)
  • IBM
  • Inter-Continental Hotels Group
  • KForce Global Solutions Inc.
  • Lawson PSSC Inc.
  • LexisNexis Philippines
  • Lexmark Research & Development Corp.
  • Maxim Philippines Operating Corp.
  • Monark Equipment Corp.
  • NCR Corp.
  • Pfizer Philippines Inc./Wyeth Philippines Inc.
  • Proctor & Gamble Distributing (Philippines) Inc.
  • Remec Broadband Wireless International Inc.
  • Sitel Philippines
  • Stream Global Services
  • Sykes Asia
  • Synnex-Concentrix Corp.
  • Teletech Customer Care Management Philippines Inc.
  • Towers Watson
The event, to be held from March 18 to 20 at The Block, SM North Edsa Mall, is open to the public for free.


Other activities lined up for America in 3D are information sessions on applying for visas and studying in the United States, food tastings, basketball and baseball clinics, and performances by the US Navy band as well as Filipino singers and hip-hop dancers.


"It's free, nobody has to pay," US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas said in an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda on Monday.


He added, "I hope all of you will come...we're going to show you everything that our embassy does."


According to Thomas, the US Embassy is already planning to hold a similar event in several parts of the country.


Asked about his 1-year stay in the Philippines, he said, "It's been great. People here are amazingly kind and interesting...I've met kind people around the world but the Filipinos go out of their way to show hospitality."


For more information about the event, visit http://manila.usembassy.gov or http://www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy.


Do not believe text messages on radioactive rain coming to the Philippines from Japan.


Do not believe text messages on radioactive rain coming to the Philippines from Japan. This is a hoax.


A plume trajectory study from the Fukushima site by the World Meteorological Organization based in Melbourne, Australia showed that the plume from the site of the incident will not pass the Philippine territory as of March 14, 2011.


For Nuclear information you can go to www.pnri.dost.gov.ph


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Friday, March 11, 2011

DFA: HOTLINE NUMBERS FOR THOSE WITH RELATIVE IN JAPAN


DFA: HOTLINE NUMBERS FOR THOSE WITH RELATIVE IN JAPANThe Department of Foreign Affairs provided a 24-hour hotline numbers and e-mail available for those with families in Japan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has set up hotline numbers and an e-mail address for those who would like to inquire about the conditions of Filipinos in Japan in light of the 8.9 magnitude quake that hit northeast Japan Friday causing damages and tsunamis along the country’s coastlines, including the capital city of Tokyo.

The hotline numbers at the DFA-OUMWA’s Crisis Management Center are:
  • 834-4646 
  • 834-4580.
E-mail address dfaoumwa.cmc@gmail.com.

The Philippine Consulate General in Osaka reported to the DFA that Consulate personnel felt the impact of the earthquake at their 24th floor office, but they are safe and there is no damage to the consulate office.

Consulate officials stated that there is not much damage to the western and southern regions of Japan, and that the focus of attention of Japanese and Filipinos in their area is Sendai, Honshu in northeast Japan which bore the brunt of the quake. 
According to the Consulate in Osaka, there are yet no reported injuries within their area.There are some 84,414 Filipino nationals in western and southern regions of the country.

In a written report to the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo stated that they are exerting efforts to get in touch with 
members of the Filipino community for initial reports of any injury or casualty and the Philippine Honorary Consulates in 
  • Sapporo
  • Morioka 
  • Nagoya
There are some 224,558 Filipino nationals in central and northern regions of Japan.

Altogether, there are a total of 305,972 Filipinos in Japan.

DFA's hotline number for Japan-related concerns: (+63 2) 834-4646 / 834-4580. (Email: dfaoumwa.cmc@gmail.com)

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN TOKYO : +813 5562-1570 / +813 5562-1577 / +813 5562-1590/ (Email: emergency@philembassy.net)

OWWA Hotlines: (+63 2) 833-6992 / 551-6641 / 551-1560

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD Hotlines: (+ 63 2) 5273877 or (+63 917) 724-3682 (PCG-DOTC)

NDRRMC Operation Center: (+63 2) 911-1406 / 912-2665 / 912-5668

PHIVOLCS Hotline: 426-1455 to 79

PAGASA Hotline: (+63 2) 927-2877

ABS-CBN Foundation Tsunami hotline: (+63 2) 411-0011 / 411-0012 / (+63 929) 444-7372 / (+63 927) 676-0652


WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE




• WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE •

The three main safety measures to be taken during an Earthquake are:

DUCK

COVER

HOLD

And don’t forget, STAY CALM.

Use a whistle so rescuers could easily rescue you!


 BEFORE an earthquake

Always have a belt bag in your body that contains water, candies, chocolates and some crackers. 


Practice “DUCK, COVER and HOLD drills with your family and at your school or office.


Also practice drills for quick evacuation of a building whenever there is an announcement of an earthquake.

Develop an earthquake plan at home, in your neighborhood, at school, and at work.

Choose the safest place at your home, school or office to take shelter in, during the earthquake.


Plan the safest place to meet in if you are away from each other during the earthquake.


Always charge your cellphone batteries and always have load.

Everyone should know how to turn off the gas supply at the meter in case they smell gas after a large earthquake.



DURING an earthquake

If you are indoors and an Earthquake occurs-


1. Turn away from windows. (Stay clear of windows, fireplaces, woodstoves, heavy furniture or appliances that may fall over.)

2. Crouch under a desk or table. ( Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other
furniture to protect yourself from the falling debris but if you do want to move, move with the sturdy furniture above you.)

3. Put both hands on the back of your neck and tuck your head down.

4. If the desk or table moves, hold the legs and move with it.


5. Remain there until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

Stay inside to avoid being injured by falling glass or building parts. 


If in a crowded area, take cover where you are.

If you are outside-

 Run to the open, away from power lines and buildings. Try to help elderly people and toddlers.

If you are driving-

Stop at a place away from skyscrapers, bridges and even objects like trees and lamp posts, that may fall on your vehicle.

It is advisable to remain in your vehicle and keep ducked.

Beware, looters start functioning in such chaos. So, keep your vehicles locked.

It is advisable for motorists to get off their bikes and follow measures given in the ‘If you are outside’ scenario.

If you are near mountains or other unstable areas-

1.Be alert for falling rock and other debris that could be loosened by the earthquake.
2. If possible, burrow in the earth to prevent damage caused by falling trees, landslides and rocks.

3. The best option is not to camp when there is an earthquake warning by the media.

If you are at the beach-

Move quickly to higher ground or several hundred yards inland.

AFTER AN earthquake-

Check for injuries. Do not move a seriously injured person unless he is in an immediate danger of further injuries.

Safety checks:


  1. Fire or fire hazards.
  2. Gas leaks: Shut off the main gas valve only if a leak is suspected or identified by the odor of natural gas
  3. Wire Shocks: Shut off power at the control box.
  4. Fallen objects in closets and cupboards: Displaced objects may fall when you open the door.
  5. Downed or damaged chimneys: Approach chimneys with caution. They may be weakened and could topple during an aftershock.
  6. Check your telephone: Make sure each phone is on its receiver.
  7. Clean up: Clean up harmful materials or medicines which may have spilled.

Tsunami hazard:

If you live along the coast, be alert for news of tsunami warnings issued by the Tsunami Warning Center. If you experience a strong earthquake, there may not be time to issue a warning. Move to higher ground as soon as you are able, and stay there until the authorities issue an "all clear."

Expect aftershocks.

Use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns. Do not use lighters, matches, candles, or lanterns until you are sure there are no gas leaks.

Use your telephone only in the event of life-threatening emergencies.

Turn on a battery-powered radio for information, damage reports, and for information on volunteering your assistance.

Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles. Cooperate with public safety officials.


Above all pray!


WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS TSUNAMI ALERT NUMBER 2



When their is TSUNAMI ADVISORY NO. 2
If the PHIVOLCS had raised the Tsunami Alert Status to Tsunami Lavel 2.  This means that the threat of tsunami occurrence has escalated.
The following are hereby ordered for disaster avoidance:
1. People are advised to stay away from the shoreline and beaches.
2. Families whose houses are near the coastal areas are now ordered to evacuate to safer ground – ground elevation of four (4) meters above sea level.
3. Evacuation in the target barangays in the nine coastal areas (two cities and seven towns) that are within the barangay are also encouraged to commence even before Alert 3.
4. No sailing out to sea – all sea crafts shall not venture into the sea.  They should rather proceed to deeper sea for their safety.
5. Evacuation should be by FOOT.  Do not bring your vehicles during evacuation as these may cause traffic jams and may complicate the evacuation movement.  Bring food stuff during evacuation.
6. The AFP/PNP shall establish check points in road network leading to the coastal area of the eastern seaboard to prevent the people from going back to the coastal area.
7. Maintain close monitoring the situation from your favorite radio station for PHIVOLCS and PDRRMC updates and advisories.
by Joey Salceda


How to get unlimited roaming while abroad for Globe postpaid subscribers




Globetrotters are in for a New Year’s treat from Globe and Bridge Alliance with Bridge DataRoamUnlimited. Now, you can enjoy non-stop data roaming at a fixed rate that won’t compromise your travel budget!
Exclusive to Globe postpaid subscribers, Bridge DataRoam Unlimited offers a one-flat rate on unlimited data roaming use when you fly to these 10 participating countries and log on to Globe's partner networks: Hong Kong (CSL), Singapore (SingTel), Thailand (AIS), Malaysia (Maxis), Macau (CTM), Australia (Optus), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Indonesia (Telkomsel), India (Airtel), and South Korea (SK Telecom). So, you won’t have to obsessively track your data roaming use or agonize over sudden expenses as you stay connected with everyone over the internet.
Depending on the length of stay in your country of choice, you can pick the best one that suits your needs from these Bridge DataRoam Unlimited subscription plans:
  •  • US$10 for 1-Day
  •  • US$27 for 3-Days
  •  • US$40 for 5-Days
And whether you’re here or abroad, sign up for Bridge DataRoam Unlimited by simply sending here or abroad* a text to 2884:
BDU___
Example: BDU Singapore 40 01/01/11**
*Roaming rates apply for registrations abroad.
**No need to indicate the date for same day activation.


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