MANILA, Philippines–Marvin Valladolid, 35, had to travel 14 hours from Sorsogon to have himself admitted to the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City, after he vomited blood last week. Since childhood, Valladolid has experienced almost all kinds of bleeding. Cyl Robert Arcilla, 14, endured a 24-hour trip with his mother Amor all the way from Catanduanes to have a checkup at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center also in Quezon City. Arcilla’s joints have been damaged after years of bleeding. Valladolid and Arcilla are among thousands of Filipinos with hemophilia who have been suffering due to a lack of access to treatment. Hemophilia is a group of rare and lifelong genetic disorders where a person’s blood lacks the ability to clot naturally. It usually affects joints and internal organs. Simple cuts, however, in persons with hemophilia could be fatal. According to the World Hemophilia Federation, there could be some 10,000 Filipinos affected with hemophilia and around one ... » Learn More about Many Filipinos with hemophilia can’t get treatment
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Cannabis can be taken in a variety of ways, each one giving the user unique benefits. Some people stick to one method their whole lives, while others enjoy mixing it up every once in a while, depending on how they are feeling. If you are an active cannabis user, or you are thinking about trying it out, here are the different methods of taking cannabis and why they might be right (or wrong) for you. Joints Smoking a joint is a popular method among cannabis users. It involves combining marijuana with tobacco inside a roll-up and smoking it. One of the benefits of smoking a joint is you can control how much weed you are inhaling – if you don’t feel like having too much weed, you can increase the tobacco, and vice versa. The cannabis travels straight to the lungs, and from there quickly enters the bloodstream, meaning the high is felt quickly. So, if you want to control the amount of cannabis you are inhaling and receive a fast high, a joint might be for you. There are some ... » Learn More about What is the Best Way to Take Cannabis for its Unique Benefits?
For many of us, cancelling vacations has become all too familiar. But as people begin to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the prospect of taking a trip seems a little less like a pipe dream. Certainly, it will be a while before vaccines are widely available (and even then we will need to continue certain practices to stop the spread of the virus). However, just thinking about a future getaway can yield surprising benefits. “Anticipation is such a valuable source of pleasure,” said Elizabeth Dunn, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, who has studied anticipation and happiness. I first spoke with Dunn more than a decade ago when I wrote about spending and happiness on the heels of the Great Recession. Recently, I called her again to talk about travel and the art of anticipation in light of the pandemic. The result? Practical tips from social science on how to cultivate anticipation, what type of trips to take if you want to maximise ... » Learn More about Why simply imagining your future travel plans can have some surprising benefits
SAN Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) food donation program will put food on the tables of 184,000 poor families in and around Metro Manila that are facing difficulties amid heightened quarantine restrictions. According to SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang, the donations, made together with different local government units, consist of over 19,500 packs of ready-to-eat meals and about 86,400 pieces of canned goods, all produced by its food business, San Miguel Foods. Initial donations were sent to Metro Manila’s cities and municipalities — Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela and Pateros, as well as cities in the neighboring provinces of Cavite and Laguna. The rest will be distributed next week. Apart from the ready-to-eat meals and canned goods, SMC has donated over 148,000 packs of nutribun bread, with six buns per pack, to Pasig City, to be distributed ... » Learn More about SMC food aid during ECQ to benefit 184,000 Metro Manila families
SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students ... » Learn More about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
About 96 per cent of all students took part in the month of full home-based learning, said Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah in Parliament yesterday. "The few who did not participate were largely on medical leave, and those who did not participate persistently were encouraged to return to school," she said, in response to Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC), who asked how schools assessed whether students have the necessary support at home. During this period of full home-based learning, about 3,300 primary school pupils and 700 secondary school students returned to school daily for several reasons, said Ms Indranee. Ms Rahayu had also asked if there were requests from parents for students to attend school, which could not be acceded to. Said Ms Indranee: "Requests from parents for their children to return to school were met, as long as there were genuine needs. "The challenge has in fact been the opposite, where schools invite the student to come back to school, but the ... » Learn More about About 96% of students took part in home-based learning
KOTA KINABALU: Some 3,750 primary students from 132 schools in Sabah, and 200 from 17 schools in Labuan, have benefited from Yayasan Petronas’ Back To School (BTS) 2021 programme this year. The programme, under which recipients get new sets of school supplies and personal hygiene kits, kicked off last month. The last leg of the programme was at Nabawan district on Friday (April 16) where 120 pupils, including those from Sabah’s most remote primary schools, received the supplies. They are from SK Kampung Bahagia Nabawan, SK Salarom, SK Pekan Nabawan, SK Tetagas, SK Sibangali as well as SK Salilaran from Pensiangan district, said Petronas in a statement on Friday (April 16). Each student received two three-layer reusable face masks, a hand towel, box of soap, schoolbag, tumbler, student activity notebook, pencil case and stationery items as well as two sets of school uniforms and a pair of socks and shoes. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk ... » Learn More about Almost 4,000 primary pupils in Sabah given supplies and hygiene kits under Yayasan Petronas programme
Seeing children play traditional games is uncommon these days as more often than not, the young ones are glued to electronic devices. Some have probably never even heard of games such as lompat getah, galah panjang or batu seremban. However, some parents believe such games are an important part of childhood and a way to encourage children to stay active. For instance, housewife N. Devika, 44, has decided that she is not going to allow her two daughters to play with just electronic gadgets, but also teach them the fun outdoor games she used to play as a child. “When I was a little girl growing up in Penang, I used to play hopscotch, batu tujuh and lompat getah. “Board games such as snakes and ladders, ludo and chess as well as congkak used to be my favourite, ” she said, as daughters Rhea and Dheana played on their house porch. Seven-year-old Rhea was balancing on one leg while trying to pick up a pebble on the ground, doing her best not to step out of a hopscotch box ... » Learn More about Keeping children active with traditional games
PETALING JAYA: The high-impact Kedah Rubber City (KRC) project in Padang Terap has so far attracted potential investments of more than RM2.1bil with more than 5,000 jobs generated by local rubber industry players. Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said buoyed by the attractive and comprehensive fiscal incentive package, the industry players had given their commitment to be part of the project which is expected to start operating in the second quarter of next year. “KRC has great potential in line with the increasing global demand for rubber products. The first phase of the project started last year and the progress of its implementation is currently more than 30%. “Works on the manufacturing and logistics ecosystem is underway and KRC will be ready to accept investors starting this year, ” he said in a statement here yesterday. Muhammad Sanusi said once fully completed, KRC is ready to drive Malaysia back as a world leader in the rubber industry which will benefit the ... » Learn More about KRC attracts RM2.1bil investments from industry players
FILE PHOTO: This May 1, 2018, photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) San Francisco, United States — Advocates for children from around the world urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday to ditch plans for a version of Instagram geared toward pre-teens. Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among nearly 100 groups and individuals from North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia to make the plea in a letter to Zuckerberg. Instagram “exploits young people’s fear of missing out and desire for peer approval,” the letter contended. “The platform’s relentless focus on appearance, self-presentation, and branding presents challenges to adolescents’ privacy and well-being,” it argued, building on concerns about predators, bullies, and inappropriate content. Instagram is exploring the launch of a version of the image-centric social network for children under 13, with parental ... » Learn More about Zuckerberg urged to nix kids’ version of Instagram