A radio program that makes listeners speak their mind DIRECT LINE - Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) - June 5, 2019 - 12:00am Gone are the days when radio personalities on AM stations used to do all the talking in their programs about pressing issues affecting multitudes of Filipinos here and abroad. Listeners can now join in the on-air discussion and get the freedom to voice out their concerns, air grievances or give comments and suggestions by phoning in or sending text messages to radio programs. Magpayo Nga Kayo is a DZMM Saturday morning show that encourages listeners to speak their mind on matters involving the country’s welfare. Hosts May Valle-Ceniza and lawyer Joey Lina emphasize the importance of making the people think and propose solutions to issues that may directly affect them or their families. “It’s different when you hear the voice of the people than (by just) listening … [Read more...] about A radio program that makes listeners speak their mind
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The bizarre reality is that fast food in the form of ‘burgers and fries’ have never ever figured in, or ever been utilized as an extralegal tactical artifice to evade and avoid a criminal indictment. Stranger than fiction, might you not say? Perhaps, in the histories of political notorieties, this “Big Mac” Marcosian feat, in its guile and gall, may never be emulated. In hindsight, the protagonist in our series was indeed able to establish a “do-it-yourself” condition of “incapacity to be arraigned” indefinitely, up to this point in our narrative. Reasonably, permanent disablement may not have been in his calculations. Marcos did intone, at one time ”I do not intend to die!” BIG MAC MARCOSIAN FEAT Notably, as gleaned from medical information publicly available, none of the previously reported and diagnosed ailments (heart and kidneys in the earlier two December 1988 hospitalizations) were the same cause for the January 15 … [Read more...] about News OPINION: ‘Big Mac’ vs Marcos
CTALK - Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am My view is that in an “Election” you get to elect or place the morally and professionally competent people in public office. It presumes that you live in a well enough educated society not just through schools and universities but educated by society, churches, as well as established institutions both civil and government alike. “Election” for me is motivated by the desire to have the best and brightest in government to promote, enhance and protect the interest of all, not just some and not based on class, and certainly not to perpetuate one’s self through dynasties and economic interests. So as far as today’s event or voting is concerned that does not exist, so there is no such thing as an election but simply a “Selection.” What makes the whole process tragic is the fact that after much prayers, soul searching and viewing all the available … [Read more...] about Election or selection?
LONDON The University of Cambridge said on Tuesday (Apr 30) it would conduct a two-year academic study of how it benefited from or validated the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era.The study will explore the financial gain Cambridge might have accrued from the slave trade and also investigate the extent to which scholarship might have reinforced race-based thinking between the 18th and early 20th Century.Estimates vary widely, but somewhere between 10 million and 28 million Africans are believed to have been shipped across the Atlantic between the 15th and 19th centuries. Many died on the way.Those who survived endured a life of subjugation on sugar, tobacco and cotton plantations. Britain abolished the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1807 although the full abolition of slavery did not follow for another generation.Martin Millett, the chairman of the eight-member advisory group overseeing the Cambridge study, said it was unclear what the … [Read more...] about Cambridge to study how it profited from Atlantic slavery
RABAT: Two dozen suspects are set to go on trial in Morocco on Thursday (May 2) for offences linked to the gruesome murder of two young Scandinavian hikers late last year that shocked the North African country.Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland had their throats slit before they were beheaded in December at an isolated site in the High Atlas mountains.Three main defendants accused of direct involvement in the murders and who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group could theoretically face the death penalty.A total of 24 defendants are due to appear before a criminal court in Sale to answer charges including promoting terrorism, forming a terrorist cell and premeditated murder.A Spanish-Swiss convert to Islam is among the suspects who are due to face justice in the city near Rabat.But families of the slain hikers and their lawyers will not attend the trial, according to information obtained by AFP.Nature … [Read more...] about Trial for murder of Scandinavian hikers to open in Morocco