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Lover never fails and conquers all

Published in Health and Wealth
A new study suggests that the system of grid cells, known as the brain's global positioning system (GPS), is more complicated than anyone had guessed. While the brain needs some basic navigational instruments to get around, just like a driver in a car, researchers have found brain cells that are similar to speedometers, compasses, GPS and even collision warning systems.
According to a report, researchers with Stanford University reported that Neuron that human brains map out the world in a more complex way, with some of the neurons in the internal navigation systems look a lot like speedometers or compasses, many others operate flexibly, each one encoding a dynamic mix of navigational variables, like a compass that somehow transforms into a GPS when driving downtown.
 Lisa Giocomo, an assistant professor of neurobiology in the School of Medicine and member of Stanford Bio-X, and Surya Ganguli, an assistant professor of applied physics, got a Bio-X seed grant to do the study on a closer look at how the brain finds its way around.
During this Lenten Season, it is wise to learn the life and follow the example of Saul of Tarsus, who became the Apostle Paul. He lived two thousand years ago and spoke about a special kind of love that in Greek is called Agape.
Agape is unconditional love that was exemplified by God in sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, was buried, resurrected to save us; and is coming back to bring all Christians to the heavenly mansions (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, John 14:1-3, NKJV) Agape is a kind of love that if practiced by humans, sets us apart from all of God's creatures and truly be created in God's own image and likeness.
Saul didn't start as a defender of the Christian faith. In fact, he was persecutor feared by the early disciples and Christians. As a Jew and a Pharisee who was highly educated and a class above because he was a Roman citizen, he used everything in his power and position to stop the growth of the early church and persecuting the members of the then budding Church of Christ. (Acts Chapter 2, Romans 16:16 NKJV)
Saul stood watching the cloaks of the stone throwers, approving the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was a young, rising star of his generation eager to make his mark in the Judaic tradition. At first, Saul was focused and bothered by the intensity of the love and fervency of the apostles and early believers.
The budding Church of Christ was a threat to his career track and his Judaic belief system. Saul thought he was going to make it his life's work, purpose and passion to eliminate Christ's early followers and eradicate what Christ himself has started. If murder and mayhem were the tools to get it done, he was going to use them.
But God had other plans for Saul. On his way to Damascus on a mission to arrest and persecute the early Christians, a blinding light shone on him. He fell off his horse while Jesus' voice is heard asking him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me.” This dramatic and miraculous event when he temporarily became blind was the turning point of his life and was a critical juncture for the growth of the budding Church of Christ. (Acts Chapter 9) Directed and inspired by the Holy Spirit, Saul met Ananias who layed his hands on him and received his sight at once. Ananias baptized Saul (who became Apostle Paul) to wash away his sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts Chapter 22).
During this Lenten Season amid troubled times, in the quiet of your soul, read the entire Book of Acts. And through the years, discover the beauty and depth of human emotions made known to God in the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes. And then, read Paul's writings (letters to the early Christians) in the New Testament. You'll be surprised at the clarity and relevance of his letters and admonitions during this 21st century. He has a wealth of wisdom to share with anyone seeking meaning and direction in a confusing world seemingly bent on self-imolation.
Paul's letters and admonitions has the power to preserve FAMILIES, the last best hope of humanity on steroids. Marriage as a bedrock institution between man and a woman is in serious danger, as man-made laws masquerading as civil liberties, are enacted to challenge it, all in the name of political correctness. Strong family units built on LOVE are so essential in creating strong societies from the grounds up.
Paul's letter to the early Christians at Corinth is a favorite among couples and wedding planners. These words are more than the pretty, superficial veneer of rituals in weddings. These are words to live by telling us what really matters as he did then to the early Christians who were probably just as lost , confused and disconcerted as most of us probably are.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely; does not seek its own; is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. . . .Love never fails . . And now abide FAITH, HOPE. LOVE, but the greatest of these is LOVE. ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, NKJV)
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PHL peso now below 50 to a US dollar

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MANILA  — Lower-than-expected rise of March 2017 non-farm payrolls (NFP) in the US boosted the Philippine peso and the local equities market on April 10.


The local unit surged to its two-month high of 49.71 from 50.08 Friday last week. It finished at 49.69 on Feb. 6.


After opening the day better, the peso traded between 49.700 and its opening level, bringing the average for the day at 49.77.


Some US$1.1 billion changed hands, more than twice the US$504.5 million last Friday.


The currency pair is seen to trade between 49.65 and 49.85 Tuesday.


A trader attributed the peso’s appreciation to the below-expected NFP figure for the third month this year at 98,000 from the downwardly revised 219,000 last February.


”Lots of investors were upset because of the latest report but some are hopeful that next month’s figure will improve and will not have any weather-related factor,” the trader said.


”Investors also closed their long dollar position ahead of the long weekend,” the trader said, referring to the Holy Week work week, which normally is until Wednesday only.


The trader said the peso’s opening level for the day, at 49.88 from the previous session’s 50.17, was driven by domestic fundamentals.


“It helped drive the peso-dollar even lower as investors secured liquidity ahead of the long weekend,” the trader said.


Asked whether this situation is an annual thing, the trader said Monday’s currency trading was only due to the NFP report but forecast the peso’s strength to be sustained until Wednesday.


The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 0.45 percent, or 34.16 points, to 7,617.91 points.


All Shares followed with a 0.39 percent, or 17.45 points, jump to 4,541.61 points.


The sectors were led by Property, which rose 1.13 percent, followed by Services with 1.07 percent increase.


Industrial, Mining and Oil, Financials, and Holding Firms, increased by 0.64 percent, 0.34 percent, 0.02 percent, and 0.01 percent, respectively.


Volume for the day reached 1.5 billion shares amounting to P 6.1 billion.


Gainers led losers at 101 to 88 while 50 shares did not move.

Vehicle sales in PHL soars in March

Published in Business

MAKATI CITY — Vehicle sales accelerated 32.9 percent in March to 36,561 units from a year ago, keeping the country on the path to motorization.


The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. and Truck Manufacturers Association said in a joint report that sales across models and nameplates continued to deliver exemplary performance over the past three years.


“The Philippine automotive industry has, thus far, continues the path of motorization. While the first-quarter performance gives us reason to be optimistic, we are still cautious about our own target for the year,” said Campi president Rommel Gutierrez.


Except for the decline in sales of trucks and buses category 5 by 21.3 percent in March to 137 units from 174 units March 2016, all categories showed healthy performance.


Automotive sales were also up 35.2 percent month-on-month from 27,040 units in February.


Data showed that total sales in the first quarter went up 23 percent to 94,026 units from 76,473 units in the same period last year.


Both passenger car and commercial vehicle segments posted robust sales following the introduction of new models, aggressive marketing promotions and attractive financing offers. 


First-quarter passenger car sales grew 7 percent to 31,951 units from 29,796 units sold in the first three months of 2016. Passenger car sales in March also increased 30 percent to 11,853 units from 9,114 units in February.


The passenger car segment, including sedans and hatchbacks, accounted for 33.98 percent of the first-quarter sales.


Sales of commercial vehicles jumped 33 percent year-on-year to 62,075 units in the first quarter from 46,677 units sold in 2016. March sales grew 38 percent to 24,708 from 17,926 units sold in February. 


Top sales performers in the first quarter were Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. with a 43-percent market share followed by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. with 17 percent, Ford Motor Company Philippines Inc. with 8 percent, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. with 7 percent and Isuzu Philippines Corp. with 6 percent.

Readying for the Big One

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A series of quakes that rattled Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Mindoro, Metro Manila and other areas the past few days has heightened speculations that the Big One, a projected 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the West Valley Fault that could be destructive for Metro Manila, maybe in the offing. While the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has been warning that this could happen in the lifetime of many people, nothing has been invented so far to predict exactly when an earthquake could happen. As such, Phivolcs and other government authorities could only issue warning and call for caution and make the necessary preparation possible to cushion the effect of a big temblor.


Leaders of the Philippine Congress thus are calling for people, especially the students, to be prepared and trained for such disasters through the Disaster Risk Reduction, Management and Education programs in schools, colleges and universities. “In the wake of strong typhoons that hit the country, as well as the threat of other exposures such as the impending Big One that will lay waste in Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces, it is imperative that we educate our students with the proper decorum on the preparation and response to these kinds of disasters,” according to Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe as he filed House Bill 805 or the “Act Mandating All Schools and Universities to Establish an Area-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Education Program in their Respective Jurisdictions.” Sens. Loren Legarda and Juan Miguel Zubiri are supporting the measure in the Senate.


If the bill is enacted into law, schools and universities would be required to educate the students, parents, staff, and teachers on all possible vulnerabilities and disasters their areas are prone to. Schools will also be required to craft a comprehensive disaster preparedness and emergency plan. The current law already mandates the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to incorporate a disaster risk reduction and management education in the curricula of secondary and tertiary education. But under the bill, the same agencies would also be directed to conduct risk assessment tools for the identification of capacities, vulnerabilities, and hazards present in the schools.


Preparing for the Big One, natural calamities and disasters should be the main concern not just of pupils and students and their teachers but of everyone as these phenomenon hit people unexpectedly just like the thief in the night. And preparations and vigilance should be everybody’s concern all the time, any time.

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