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Four Japs Kayaks Bikol Coastlines to Study "Kuyog"

Four Japs Paddle Their Way to Bikol Coastlines

A four-man team of Japanese Nationals will explore the Bikol coastlines using only their kayaks this May-June 2010. Dr. Kosako Yamaoka, 61 year old professor of Kochi University of Japan is the Team Leader of the group. "We will paddle our way from San Lorenzo beach in Tabaco City to San Miguel Island this May 13. Then we will stay in the island to have some interaction with the local fisherman. We want to learn from them something about their "kuyog," Prof. Yamaoka said in an interview.


The navigator of the team is Satoro Yahata, 35 years old and with a 10-year open sea kayaking experience. He has attempted to paddle solo from Cape York Australia to Japan in 2002. He has kayaked the wild seas of Indonesia, Malaysia and other parts of the world solo. A TV producer from Japan, Yo Ohnuki, 39 years old is the official documentation specialist of the group. He has with him highly sensitive video and still cameras all encased in…

View from Space of Panian Mine on Semirara Island, Philippines

A year ago, Semirara island was mentioned many times by pro-mining advocates to rationalize coal mining as well as the economic benefits it would bring to our island. At that time, there was no way to visualize the environmental impact and damage it could have done. Now, Panian Mine on Semirara Island, Philippines is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member of the International Space Station. This detailed astronaut photograph provides a rare cloud-free view of the northern end of Semirara Island, which is located approximately 280 kilometers to the south of Manila in the Philippines. The northern part of the island is dominated by the Panian Coalfield, the largest of three coalfields on the island. Most of the coal is used for energy generation in the Philippines, with some exported to India and China. The Panian coalfield is being mined using open-pit methods. The rock and soil above the coal layers (or seams) is known as overburden. Overburden is remo…

Editorial: Enjoy it while it lasts

They came by the hundreds, on the roofs of passenger buses and jeepneys, festooned on tricycles like Christmas decorations, and hanging on to their drivers on overloaded motorcycles.


Voters who felt like one-day millionaires descended into the capital town in the days after the May 10 elections as they splurge the money they earned from selling votes on groceries, food at the restaurants, appliances, bamboo furniture, bicycles and even brand-new motorcycles acquired on downpayment basis.

Many workers, especially those who were either on-the-job trainees or worked for low-paying jobs, took time off for the week, throwing their companies’ schedules into disarray. One hotel was so short of personnel that the night guard took over the receptionist’s table.

Understandably, the local economy in Virac got a huge boost, with many business establishments enjoying sales at least twice than normal. One supermarket had the advantage of stocking up on goods a week before while another boasted sale…

Editorial: Now, back to business please…

The elections are over.

For those who won, and have yet to assume office, take a break somewhere where the cool breeze and the sights on a sandy beach will recharge your weary body and calm your spirits.

Those who lost and whose ambition is undaunted by defeat, just the same take comfort from your loved ones for whom you still remain number one.

For those who fell by the wayside and may never get up politically, now is the time to think about life outside politics. God may have plans for you elsewhere.

But for those who remain in public office, including those whose terms have been extended by another three years, kindly take a breather for a few days and then go back to work. Even those who have lost, and will have to endure a month-and-a-half of mental and emotional torture just preparing to bow out of public service, must gather their remaining strength to at least spend their remaining days giving the public what it deserves.

And the first order of the day should be to make sure …

Virac's Representative to the Ms. Philippines Earth 2010

Virac's representative to the Ms. Philippines Earth 2010 beauty pageant last Saturday (April 24), Aiza Angelica Tabinas Tabios, failed to make it as semifinalist but she gave the crowd something to feast, showing her form with her evening gown. The only daughter among four siblings of Pastor delos Santos of Las Piñas and Ma. Liza Tabinas of Cavinitan, the 24-year old ramp model graduated as magna cum laude in interior design from UST.
A talent coordinator convinced her to join the contest while Gov. Joseph Cua sponsored her cultural gown crafted by Tinabas. - CT

First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) Maintained It’s A+ Rating

The First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) maintained it’s A+ rating in the latest report of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the performance of 106 electric cooperatives all over the country. The only other A+ cooperative in the Bicol region is CANORECO. The report issued by NEA Administrator Edita Bueno showed FICELCO with an average Systems Loss of 13.74 percent, meaning such a percentage of the electricity flowing through its power lines is lost to pilferage, technical defects and other reasons, including power use by the cooperative itself and its key officers. This percentage is just below the limit of 14%, which has been set by NEA. If the Systems Loss of a cooperative goes beyond this limit, the excess would have to be shouldered by the cooperative, not by member-consumers. As it stands, the Systems Loss Charge appearing on your electric bill for the month of March is P0.8785 per kilowatt-hour. Add to this EVAT (why do they tax a loss?) a…