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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The top 10 most biodiverse countries; Philippines no longer ranked


Ocean Biodiversity. Photo: OceanbiodiversityTumblr

Twenty years ago, the Philippines captured the imagination of the science community and the Filipinos when it was described in the book "Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest" described it as "The Galapagos Islands times ten". Galapagos Islands have a special meaning for biologists, because of the unique plant and animal species and high biodiversity of the place.

The Philippines was regarded as one of the 17 mega-diversity countries in the world because it is blessed with an exceptionally rich diversity of species and an amazing abundance of endemic species. Endemic species refers to those organisms that are found nowhere else in the world except the particular place specified. Source

Two decades later it has lost its ranking. Other countries did their best to be biodiversity champions. The Philippines? It simply appears to have forgotten to preserve and protect the environment.

Why?

In the Philippines, habitats where animals live are threatened by poverty, migrations, logging and industry. Many of these problems are manifestations of unchecked population growth, poverty and corruption.

Many regard the Philippines as the hottest biodiversity spot of all because its vast numbers of species and the predicament they are in. Of the 1,196 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles in the country, nearly 46 percent are endemic. Among plants, the number is around 40 percent. Habitat loss threatens more than 70 percent of the 500 species unique to the Philippines. 

No doubt the extinction of some them is unavoidable. Only about 5 percent of the Philippines land area is under some form of protection. Source
Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the world's tallest waterfall.
 Photo by Rhett A. Butler

From Mongabay

The top 10 most biodiverse countries

by Rhett Butler

Just missing the top 10:

Several countries — Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Tanzania — narrowly missed the top 10. For some plant and animal groups, some of these countries do make their respective top 10s, including South Africa for vascular plants and Papua New Guinea for animals.

#10 (tie): United States and Venezuela

While they may be polar opposites in terms of current political ideology, Venezuela and the United States have at least one thing in common: incredibly high levels of biodiversity. Due to its diversity of freshwater and marine ecosystems, the United States ranks particularly high in terms of fish species, while Venezuela is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries when it comes to birds.

#9: Ecuador

Despite having a smaller land area than the state of Arizona, Ecuador outpaces the entire United States when it comes to biodiversity. The country — which spans the Andes-Amazon region and includes the Galapagos archipelago — outranks the U.S. in bird (1588 bird species in Ecuador versus the USA’s 844 species) and amphibian species (539 species versus 300 species).

#8: India

With a large landmass covering a range of ecosystems, India scores well across the board in terms of species richness. It ranks especially high when it comes to reptiles and birds. Some of India’s best known species are charismatic megafauna: elephants, rhinos, lions, and tigers.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coal reef.
Photo: Rhett A. Butler

#7: Australia

Australia really outperforms when it comes to reptiles and fish, leading the world in both categories according to The Reptile Database and FishBase. The Great Barrier Reef and terrestrial ecosystems ranging from dry deserts to tropical rainforests give the continent-nation a boost in the rankings.

#6: Peru

Unsurprisingly, three of the top six countries on this list are in South America, which is home of the world’s largest rainforest: the Amazon. Peru is second only to Colombia in terms of birds and ranks in the top five globally for amphibians, mammals, and plants.

#5: Mexico

Spanning Meso-American rainforests, dry forests, mountain habitats, and deserts, Mexico scores well across most plant and animal groups. Its strongest ranks come among birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.

#4: China

While most Americans probably think of massive cities when someone mentions “China” or perhaps the panda bear, the giant East Asian country is actually home to a staggering array of habitats, from tropical rainforests in Yunnan to the Gobi desert. China ranks particularly well for birdlife, plants, and fish.

Rainforest in Indonesia. Photo: Rhett A. Butler

#3: Indonesia

An archipelago of more than 10,000 islands, Indonesia has a wide array of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, including parts of the world’s third largest rainforest and the famed Coral Triangle. Indonesia has the most mammal species of any country and is narrowly edged out by Australia when it comes to fish species, according to FishBase. It ranks fourth with 1615 bird species, according to BirdLife International. Indonesia is the only place on Earth where rhinos, orangutans, elephants, bears, and tigers can be found living in the same forest.

Jaguar in Colombia. Photo: Rhett A. Butler

#2: Colombia

Colombia’s incredible bird, amphibian, and plant richness allow it to beat out Indonesia on our index. With 1826 species, Colombia has more species of birds than any country on Earth. Colombia’s biological richness is a product of its variety of ecosystems, including tropical forests in the Amazon and Choco, mountain habitats like the Sierra Nevada and Andes, the grasslands of the llanos and páramos, and islands like Gorgona in the Pacific and San Martin in the Caribbean.


The giant monkey frog lives across the Amazon rainforest.
Photo by Rhett A. Butler

#1: Brazil

Brazil is the Earth’s biodiversity champion. Between the Amazon rainforest and Mata Atlantica forest, the woody savana-like cerrado, the massive inland swamp known as the Pantanal, and a range of other terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Brazil leads the world in plant and amphibian species counts. It ranks second in mammals and amphibians, third in birds, reptiles and fish.

DATA SOURCES: AmphibiaWeb, FishBase, IUCN Red List, Reptile Database, Birdlife International, Mongabay.com, and UNEP-WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Putin's message: Fake news makers "worse than prostitutes"

"Prostitution is an ugly social phenomenon," he told reporters, adding that people who stand behind "fabrications" that are now used against Trump "are worse than prostitutes."

Fake news makers 'worse than prostitutes': Putin slams those behind Trump 'leak'

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R) © www.globallookpress.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has no grounds to attack or protect US President-elect Donald Trump, since he does not know him personally. He added though that those behind the recent allegations on Trump have "no moral scruples."

"I don't know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don't know what he will do on the international arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever," Putin said.

Despite the fact that elections in the US are over and ended with a "solid win" for the Republican candidate, an intense political struggle continues in the US, the Russian president observed, adding that there are certain forces that aim "to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect."

"I have an impression they practiced in Kiev and are ready to organize a Maidan in Washington, just to not let Trump take office," Putin said, apparently referring to anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital in 2014, which resulted in the leadership being ousted.

Those anti-Trump forces in the US also want to "bind hand and foot" of the newly elected leader, Putin added, saying that this way they want to interfere with Trump's both domestic and international policies outlined in his presidential campaign.

By doing so, these forces "severely harm US' interests," Putin said.

The campaign to discredit the president-elect shows that certain "political elites in the West, including in the US," have "significantly" worsened, according to the Russian president.

"Prostitution is an ugly social phenomenon," he told reporters, adding that people who stand behind "fabrications" that are now used against Trump "are worse than prostitutes."

"They have no moral scruples," he said.

The Russian leader has also called the allegations that Moscow might have blackmail material against the billionaire turned president-elect an "evident fake."

"When Trump visited Moscow several years ago, he wasn't a political figure. We didn't even know about his political ambitions, he was just a businessman, one of America's richest people. So does someone think that our intelligence services go after each American billionaire? Of course not, it's complete rubbish," Putin said.

Commenting on reports spread in Western media accusing Trump of having fun with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel, the Russian president said he doubted that the man who had been organizing beauty pageants for years and met "some of the most beautiful women of the world" would hire call girls in the Russian capital.

- RT

Makati extends P15-million aid to 27 LGUs affected by Typhoon Nina

The following LGUs will receive P500,000 each: Balatan, Bato, Caramoan, and Goa in Camarines Sur; Sta. Cruz and Torrijos in Marinduque; and Daraga and Tabaco in Albay.

The rest of the recipients, to receive P250,000 each from the city, consist of Canaman, San Fernando, and San Jose, Camarines Sur; Gasan and Mogpog in Marinduque; Mulanay and San Andres in Quezon; and Libon, Albay
 
 
A view in Torrijos after Typhoon Nina. Photo: Ariel R. Reginio
The Makati City Council on Wednesday approved the release of P15-million as financial assistance to 27 local government units (LGUs) directly affected by Typhoon Nina in the provinces of Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Marinduque.

Mayor Abby Binay had initiated the move as an expression of sympathy and support for the typhoon victims of the said LGUs, all of which are sister-localities of the city.

“I am saddened that our sister-localities had endured such a calamity at a time that was supposed to be a season of joy and hope. As their sister city, Makati is ready to help their affected constituents in the best way possible,” Binay said.

Through Resolution No. 2017-01 of the Makati DRRM Council, which is chaired by Mayor Binay, the appropriation of P15 million for the said purpose was recommended to the City Council for approval.

The funds will be taken from the Quick Response Fund comprising 30 percent of the city’s total budget for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). The stand-by fund is used in relief and recovery programs intended to normalize living conditions of residents in communities stricken by calamities, disasters and other forms of complex emergencies.

Makati DRRM Officer Richard Raymund Rodriguez said the 27 recipients of the newly-approved financial aid consist of 12 localities in Camarines Sur, six in Albay, four in Marinduque, three in Catanduanes, and two in Quezon province.

“Each LGU will receive a certain amount of financial assistance depending on the number of families affected in their area, ranging from 2,000 to 14,000 households. We have based the number on the official report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) concerning Typhoon Nina,” Rodriguez said.

To receive P1 million each are the localities of Malinao and Legazpi in Albay, and four localities in Camarines Sur, namely, Bula, Libmanan, Minalabac, Nabua and Pili.

On the other hand, P750,000 each has been allocated for Virac, Catanduanes and Sto. Domingo, Albay.
 
Damaged house in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque. Photo: Doc Ninia Rodil
P 500,000 each to Sta. Cruz and Torrijos
The following LGUs will receive P500,000 each: Balatan, Bato, Caramoan, and Goa in Camarines Sur; Sta. Cruz and Torrijos in Marinduque; and Daraga and Tabaco in Albay.

P 250,000 each to Gasan and Mogpog
The rest of the recipients, to receive P250,000 each from the city, consist of Canaman, San Fernando, and San Jose, Camarines Sur; Gasan and Mogpog in Marinduque; Mulanay and San Andres in Quezon; and Libon, Albay.

Typhoon Nina, with international code name Nock-ten, made its first two landfalls in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur on December 25 last year. It continued to batter cities and municipalities in the regions of MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Bicol and Central Visayas in the succeeding days.

Last November, Makati also provided P3.6-million as relief assistance to victims of Super Typhoon Lawin in 18 local government units in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. The City Council on Wednesday also approved the appropriation of P200,000 for the municipality of Sallapadan in Abra, another locality devastated by Lawin.

Among the recipients in Isabela were Ilagan City, Sto. Tomas, San Pablo, Tumauini, Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Palanan, Dinapigue, Maconacon, Mallig, Quezon, Quirino and Gamu. In Cagayan, financial aid was given to Tuguegarao City, Peñablanca, Enrile, Solana and Iguig.

Under the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010, the local DRRM Council may transfer funds to support disaster risk reduction work of other LDRRMCs which are declared under a state of calamity, upon the approval of the Sanggunian concerned. 
- Makati Portal

70 nation Paris conference a 'spectacular failure'

“We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. That’s why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communique.” - UK's Statement

Paris Peace Conference Spectacular Failure With No Visible Results

“For thus saith Hashem of hosts who sent me after glory unto the nations which spoiled you: ‘Surely he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” Zechariah 2:12 (The Israel Bible™)

Pro-Israel demonstrators hold Israeli and French flags during a gathering in front of Israel embassy in Paris on Jan. 15, 2017. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)


In what should have been an all-out Israel hate-fest with possibly disastrous consequences for the Jewish state, 70 nations gathered in Paris for a “peace” conference on Sunday – but at the end of the day, the results were lackluster and failed to accomplish anything significant against Israel.

The conference in Paris, set forward one year ago by former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, was expected to have dire repercussions for Israel. Fabius envisioned it as a way of forcing Israel to accept the two-state solution. His original proposal called for France and the other nations at the conference to recognize a Palestinian state inside Israel’s borders if an agreement was not signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The present incarnation of the conference was markedly toned down by the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault. At a conference in Paris last June setting the parameters for Sunday’s conference, the threat of recognizing a Palestinian state was removed.

Many feared Sunday’s conference would be an echo of the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, passed three weeks ago, declaring Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria, and the Temple Mount to be illegal. But the conference in Paris stopped short of placing the blame entirely on Israel, concluding instead with a plea for direct negotiations. Though the final declaration made reference to the UN resolution 2334, it amended the language of the resolution which declared Israeli settlements to be “illegal”. The Paris conference merely referred to the UN resolution  “which clearly condemned settlement activity”. No mention was made of their legal status.

Yuval Rotem, Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, considered the conference to be a victory for behind-the-scenes Israeli diplomacy.

“The fact that the Paris conference has no follow-up is, from our perspective the most meaningful accomplishment,” Rotem told Israel Radio Monday morning. “Even though we did not attend the conference, we succeeded in getting across our position.”

Perhaps the most significant reason for Israel to breathe a sigh of relief was the specific point concerning Jerusalem. The UN resolution referred to East Jerusalem as “Palestinian territory” with Israel’s claim to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall having “no legal validity”. The Paris conference dialled that back considerably, warning against any acts that would “prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem”. This ambiguous statement was also intended as a subtle warning to US President elect Donald Trump, who promised American voters and the Israeli government that he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

The Paris Peace Summit, January 15, 2016, did not have the effect organizers had hoped.

Britain's change of heart

The Paris conference also saw at least one major player having a change of heart. Britain, which played a major role in advancing the UN resolution, attended the Paris conference as an observer, choosing not to sign the final statement.

The British government released an official statement to the press, which read:

“We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. That’s why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communique.”

Indeed, Trump’s impending inauguration loomed over the conference, dulling the anti-Israel edge. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his cabinet meeting on Sunday, ““This conference is among the last twitches of yesterday’s world. Tomorrow’s world will be different — and it is very near.”

With four days left to Obama’s presidency, Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the Paris conference, promised Netanyahu that there would not be any follow-up action to the Paris conference and that Washington would oppose any further political action at the Security Council.

Perhaps the most telling sign that the conference was not as anti-Israel as intended was PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ last-minute decision to cancel his meeting with French President Francois Hollande, scheduled for Sunday. French Authorities announced on Monday that no new date for the meeting has been scheduled.

Source: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz / BreakingIsraelNews

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Biblical return of 70 nations as countries gather in Paris to condemn Israel

Bible prophesies happening before our very eyes!


Psalms 83:1 
"1(A Song or Psalm of Asaph.) Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. 2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance."





Biblical Return of 70 Nations as Countries Gather in Paris to Condemn Israel


“They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Yisrael may be no more in remembrance.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant.” Psalms 83:5-6 (The Israel Bible™)
High ranking officials from 70 nations of the world gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.
When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be used as another opportunity to try to impose a settlement on Israel and avoid direct negotiations between Israel and it’s neighbors,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.
“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.
Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9
"We are fundamentally different," stated Rabbi Apisdorf. Ans as a light unto the nations, we are supposed to be separate and different."
Rabbi Trugman understood a different message in the gathering of the 70 countries.
“There is no doubt this is a fulfillment of the prophecies that in the end of days, all the nations will come out against Israel,” noted the rabbi. He quoted the commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, an 11th century French commentator known by the acronym ‘Rashi’, on the first verse in the book of Genesis.
“1,000 years ago, Rashi said that in the future, the nations of the world will come and say we stole the Land of Israel. This is precisely what we are seeing now,” Rabbi Trugman said. “The majority of the nations say we have no claim to Israel, and the rest say we only have a claim to a small section of Israel.”
“Rashi told us how to answer this claim,” said Rabbi Trugman. “We need to remind them that the same God who created the heaven and earth gave it to them, and then he took it from them and gave it to us.”
The concept of 70 nations has its source in the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible.
These three were the sons of Noach, and of these was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19
Read full article on BreakingIsraelNews


Friday, January 13, 2017

Tillerson on PH relations and Duterte, Trump slams CNN on Fake News


At the very same time that US President-elect Donald Trump was holding his first press conference in six months, a confirmation hearing for US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson was going on,

At the hearing, US Sen. Marco Rubio asked Tillerson a wide-range of questions, among them, on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's Philippine drug war and alleged human rights violations as reported in The Los Angeles Times. 



Tillerson's response

Tillerson: The USA and the people of the Philippines have a long standing friendship, and I think it's important that we keep that in perspective in engaging with the government of the Philippines. That long-standing friendship, and they have been an ally, and we need to ensure that they stay an ally.

Sen. Rubio: That's correct, Mr. Tillerson, but my question is about the 6,200 people killed in these alleged drug raids. Do you believe that as an appropriate way to conduct an operation or do you believe that it's something that... we should be concerned about and condemning?

Tillerson: Senator, again, it's an area that I have more to understand in greater detail in terms of the facts on the ground. I'm not disputing what you're saying because you have access to information that I do not have...

Sen. Rubio: It's on The Los Angeles Times

Tillerson: Well, again am not going to rely on solely what I read in the newspapers. I will go to the facts on the ground, am sure there's good and credible information available through our various government agencies.


FAKE NEWS

At Trump's press conference, two news organizations where discredited for what Trump's press secretary called "highly salacious and flat-out false information". 
"BuzzFeed is failing pile of garbage", Trump proclaimed and offered a warning. "I think they're going to suffer the consequences... they already are".

Then Trump refused to give a question to CNN reporter Jim Acosta who was repeatedly shouting a question. To him Trump said "Not you, not you. Your organization is terrible, Quiet, quiet. She's asking a question. Don't be rude. Don't be rude".
“Since you’re attacking our news organization, can you give us a question?” Acosta asked multiple times.
"No I'm not giving you a question. You are fake news", Trump responded to cheers from the audience.

CNN reported on Tuesday on what was widely known in alternative media as an unsubstantiated, unverified document purportedly compiled by a British Intelligence Officer. The news org reported that Trump and President Obama were briefed by intel chiefs on memos that claim Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.
BuzzFeed then released the dossier that contained unverified details of purported sexual proclivities of Trump and claims that his campaign was in contract with the Kremlin. 
Trump acknowledged news organizations who did not report on the unverified dossier knowing it was "fake news".
Other news orgs have described what CNN has done as "promoting an outrageous smear".

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Deepest quake in recorded history has struck the Philippines

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves" - Luke 21:25



By Eli J. Obligacion, Marinduque Rising

During the past few days I've been monitoring a warning, as my Facebook timeline will show, that an M7.9 earthquake will strike the Philippines.

Now it can be told. The largest deep earthquake ever recorded in world history is not the one that happened off the coast of Russia in May 2013. It is now the M7.2  (Phivolcs) - M7.3 (USGS) earthquake that struck off the coast of Sulu on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. It was felt at Intensity II in General Santos City.

Phivolcs measured the quake's depth at 625 kms, while USGS recorded it at depth of  612.7 kms, beating the 2013 Russian quake with magnitude 8.3 that occurred in the Sea of Okhost at a depth of 609 kms.

These temblors are a mystery to scientists, according to Live Science, because "seismologists don't understand how massive earthquakes can happen at such depths." That's deep within the Earth's mantle, the layer of hot plastic rock that sits below the crust.


It was the 2013 Russian quake that was considered the deepest
but the Philippine quake of 2017 beat that.

Of the 2013 Russian quake, Thorne Lay, a seismologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz said, "It's the biggest event we've ever seen. It looks so similar to shallow events, even though it's got 600 kilometers of rock on top of it. It's hard to understand how such an earthquake occurs at all under such huge pressure".

Such rupture apparently occurs at lightning speeds of roughly 9,000 mph (14,400 km.h).


From SpaceWeather.

Dutchinse's warning of the PH quake

More than a week ago, Michael Janitch a.k.a. Dutchsinse who has gained a a huge following on YouTube because of his daily earthquake studies and spot-on forecasts warned that an M7.9 would hit somewhere in the Philippines. His cursor, however, was pointing at northern Philippines.

On January 6 as Dutchsinse reviewed his earlier forecasts, he said he'd cancel the said warning "if nothing that large strikes within 24 hours". Then he opted not to cancel his warning, replacing it with a "watch", not wanting to repeat a recent mistake when a large quake occurred in the west coast of the US two days after he cancelled the warning.


The PH earthquake of Jan 11, 2017: Magnitude 7.3 at Depth of 612.7 kms. Screenshot from Dutchsinse

He was making a live feed on Jan. 10 (Jan 11 in PH), when the Philippine quake struck, immediately admitted he did not expect the quake to be that deep. "haven't seen anything like it for a long time" and apparently did not realize that it was a record quake. 

Dutchsinse at once announced that this kind of quake meant it will be followed by a shallow large earthquake, 1 to 2 magnitude larger. "This is big deal", he added, pointing to an area near Tokyo as possible location.

"Things are about to go bad", he said, and "volcanoes will be rumbling, too".


Where the Earth's mantle sits.

BPEarthwatch: It's the solar wind at incredible wind speeds

BPEarthwatch, another popular YouTube channel also expressed apprehension about the Philippine quake. "That (quake) tells us that the pressure is moving north... At 612 kms that energy is pushing upward. It's pushing at the bottom of the mantle, why? Because we've been getting the solar wind speeds at incredible speeds of 1.5-million miles an hour".


SOLAR WINDS: Artist's depiction of solar wind particles interacting with Earth's magnetosphere. Wikipedia

Indeed, experts are warning that solar winds could cause huge magnetic storms on Earth, drastically increasing the chances of gigantic tremors across the continent.

Numerous images of large Earth-facing coronal holes where solar winds emanate have been recently featured in Space Weather. Some scientists have linked these coronal holes with some of the most devastating earthquakes in recent times.


Phivolcs recorded the earthquake near Sulu at M7.2 with Depth of 625 kms.

BPEarthwatch video on the Philippine quake
SPACE WEATHER: Diagram showing how solar winds interact with the planet. Wikipedia

And how do auroras look like these days?


Photo of aurora appearing today Jan 12 in SpaceWeather. Auroras are sparked by a stream of solar wind flowing from a large hole in the sun's atmosphere.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Power restored in five Marinduque towns



STATUS OF POWER RESTORATION IN MARINDUQUE
As of January 11, 2017
May power na sa mga bayan ng Mogpog, Boac, Gasan, Buenavista at Sta Cruz at mga kalapit na barangay na katumbas ng 48% restoration ng buong distribution system. Nasa 34.05% naman ang napapailawan na sa bahagi ng mga kabahayan o 14,071 mula sa kabuuang 41,328 na hinahangad na mapailawan hanggang January 31, 2017.
Sa kasalukuyan po ay sinisikap na ma-energize ang backbone line papunta sa bayan ng Torrijos.


Nakatalaga naman ang Task Force Kapatid sa mga sumusunod na lugar:
BATELEC 1 & 2 - Boac Riverside and Ilaya
TARELCO 1 & 2 - Sta Cruz Poblacion, Lapu-lapu, Lusok, Ipil, Kamandugan, Dating Bayan, Landy hanggang Balogo, Hupi,
San Antonio at Bangcuangan.
PELCO 1 & 2 - Mga Barangay sa Sta Cruz mula Malabon,
Taytay, Masaguisi, Pantayin, Matalaba, Buyabod, Tamayo, Tagum, Alobo, Morales, Angas, Payte at Biga.
ROMELCO at TIELCO - Bayan ng Torrijos papuntang Buangan hanggang Malibago, Dampulan at Makawayan. Sila rin ang gagawa ng Sihi at Timbo sa bayan ng Buenavista . Kasama ang Matuyatuya, Bolo, Pakaskasan, Kay Duke, Suha, Maranlig, Nangka, Bangwayin, Bayakbakin at Payanas.
Ang mga tauhan naman ng Marelco ay nakatalaga sa mga barangay ng Gasan, Mogpog at Buenavista.
Itinalaga ang Task Force mula sa ibang coop sa mga lugar na nabanggit sa itaas dahil sa lawak at laki ng pinsala sa area, at gayundin dahil may dala silang mga kagamitan o equipment na angkop sa ganoong sitwasyon.
Sinisikap po ng Marelco na matupad ang target nito na mapailawan ang buong lalawigan hanggang sa katapusan ng buwan ng Enero, 2017.
                            - PAMUNUAN NG MARELCO

National Electrification Administration (NEA) Administrator Edgardo R. Masongsong (second from right) was in Marinduque to assure that NEA, DOE and Marelco are on top of the situation in restoring power in the whole province. Seven electric cooperatives from different provinces arrived to help. Cong Lord Allan Velasco (third from right), also congratulated Marelco GM Gaudencio Sol, Jr. for the quick response in fixing the power problem caused by NinaPH.  Photo taken at Casa Emilio in Boac.

Davao adds P3m to 'Nina' aid; 4 Marinduque towns to receive P250,000 each

Before Davao can extend financial aid to calamity-stricken provinces, the areas must declare first that they are under a state of calamity, the councilor said.

Davao adds P3m to ‘Nina’ aid to Luzon




Marinduque after NinaPH. Photo: DSWD

DAVAO CITY—The city government of Davao extended more financial assistance to victims of Typhoon “Nina” in Luzon.

On Tuesday, the 18th City Council approved through suspended rules P3 million in assistance to three provinces devastated by “Nina” last month, to be distributed to towns in Marinduque, Quezon and Batangas provinces.


In Marinduque, the municipalities of Gasan, Mogpog, Boac and Torrijos were declared under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Nina.  Source: NDRRMC

The municipalities of Gasan, Boac, Mogpog and Torrijos in Marinduque will receive P250,000 each, while Quezon and Batangas will each receive P1 million.

In December, the City Council also approved P11 million in assistance to the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Marinduque and Catanduanes. Davao also sent 20,000 food packs to these provinces last year, which were distributed before New Year’s Eve.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, the committee on finance, ways and means chairperson, said the office of Mayor Sara Duterte asked to use a portion of Davao’s Quick Response Fund to help the three provinces.

“We receive a letter of urgency from the Mayor’s office for the approval of the additional P3 million financial assistance, for the victims of Typhoon “Nina.” The fund will be coming from the calamity fund of the city for this year,” Dayanghirang said.

Before Davao can extend financial aid to calamity-stricken provinces, the areas must declare first that they are under a state of calamity, the councilor said.

“There were 43,620 families affected by the typhoon or 192,146 individuals. Central 911 Chief Emmanuel Jaldon will deliver the financial aid to the victims,” Dayanghirang said.

“We also authorized Mr. Jaldon to check the condition of the provinces and to monitor that the money will be used for the benefit of the people,” he added. - by F. Pearl A. Gajunera/Manila Standard

Aerial view of Marinduque. Photo: DSWD


Updated Jan 13, 2017 with the following photo courtesy of Jojo Leva:


The Assistant City Administrator of Davao City personally presented to Boac Mayor Roberto Madla the P250,000,00 financial aid of the City of Davao to the victims of Typhoon Nina in Boac.

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