MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
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By Amy Dempsey Feature Writer Fri., May 11, 2018 Seven minutes. It’s the time it takes to grab a coffee and find a park bench, or pause to catch up with a neighbour, or pay a lunch tab and head out into a sunny day. In seven minutes on April 23, a man driving a rented cargo van struck more than two dozen pedestrians on a north Toronto sidewalk, and left everyone asking why. That one broken human could destroy so many lives is a difficult thing to accept. As Toronto struggles to make sense of what happened, the killer’s motive has been the subject of much speculation. In the weeks since the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man now facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder, has been cast as a symbol of toxic masculinity, a “disturbed individual attempting to exorcize private demons” and a “random loon.” Was Minassian a true believer in the misogynist incel movement referenced in a screed … [Read more...] about ‘I was like, how did he get a van?’ Inside the life of Alek Minassian, the Toronto van rampage suspect no one thought capable of murder
By Jennifer Yang Identity and Inequality Reporter Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Wed., April 25, 2018 The cryptic numbers in the Facebook post attributed to Alek Minassian — C23249161 — are the same as his service number with the Canadian military, a defence department source confirmed to the Star Wednesday. Minassian was in the Canadian Armed Forces between Aug. 23 and Oct. 25, 2017 and did just 16 days of recruit training before he voluntarily withdrew. But on Monday afternoon, the identification number assigned to him by the military appeared in an enigmatic Facebook post that referenced an “incel rebellion” and invoked U.S. mass murderer Elliot Rodger. The post began circulating on social media shortly after a rented van drove into pedestrians on Yonge St. south of Finch Ave., killing 10 people and leaving 14 injured. Minassian, a 25-year-old student with Seneca College, now faces 10 charges of first-degree murder. … [Read more...] about Number cited in cryptic Facebook post matches Alek Minassian’s military ID: Source
TOKYO - Two former employees of Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) filed separate suits against the bank in New York and Tokyo for unlawful dismissal, which came after they each tried to seek recourse within the company for discrimination and harassment. According to court filings for both cases seen by The Sunday Times, the megabank is alleged to have subjected the two employees to "discriminatory and retaliatory treatment" for ostensibly failing to conform to traditional Japanese workplace etiquette. Mr Shunsuke Fujii, who grew up in the United States, said in papers filed through his lawyers Bantle & Levy in New York on Friday (30/3) that he was berated by his ethnic Japanese superiors and colleagues for his inability to speak and write Japanese fluently, and was subjected to workplace "double standards". He raised the matter internally, but was accused of causing "problems" and dismissed on June 5 last year. And in Tokyo, Mr Glen Wood, a Canadian with two decades of … [Read more...] about Japanese bank MUFG sued in Tokyo, New York for ‘wrongful sacking’ of employees
caption Jordan Michelle vapes a CBD oil made from hemp at the Cannabis World Congress Conference. source Spencer Platt/Getty States around the country – 29 of them, plus Washington DC – have legalized medical marijuana. The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support. Even though some medical benefits of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization, recent research has demonstrated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and strong reasons to continue studying the drug’s medicinal uses. Even the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse lists medical uses for cannabis. There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol … [Read more...] about 23 health benefits of marijuana