Today, August 5, 2015.

‘Strongest’ Typhoon to enter PAR today

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has advised its regional offices to go on standby for Typhoon Soudelor, which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early today, August 5. According to Mina Marasigan, NDRRMC spokesperson, regional disaster management councils and local government units in Palawan, Mindanao, and western and central Visayas are already informed to reposition their assets. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and local responders are also prepared for relief packs, landslide-prone areas advisories and medical needs, respectively. With maximum sustained winds in excess of 280 kph as of Tuesday morning, Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest Pacific typhoon to date this year.


Possible LRT Fare hike to take effect on September

Light Rail Manila consortium led by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation is now in talks with the government regarding a possible fare hike on LRT 1 this September. The company won the bidding to operate LRT 1. According to Metro Pacific President Jose Maria Lim, mentioned that they need to talk about the fare hike as written in the requirements of the signed contract. This means the Department of Transportation and Communication would have to mandate a fare hike on the LRT 1 operations again.


NBI seizes shops selling Photocopied textbooks in Baguio

The agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) confiscated photocopying machines that were used illegally for reproducing textbook copies, in two shops at Bonifacio Street in Baguio City. The illegally reproduced copies of textbooks are to be sold, according to the report. NBI conducted a raid in AG’s Copy Center and Waymes Computers and Prints under the issued search warrant of Judge Maria Victoria Soriano-Villadolid of Regional Trial Court in Manila. According to REX Bookstore Respresentative Lawyer Jefferson Ferrer, they sued the said photocopying shops for it violated the intellectual property code through illegally reproducing copies of textbooks – mostly of law and accounting – which were originally published by REX bookstore.


Filipina invents lamp that runs without electricity

A Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt) lamp was invented by Aisa Mijeno, a Filipina scientist. The lamp doesn’t need electricity, battery and kerosene in order to light. Instead it runs on saltwater. The salt lamp works with the two metals that react and conduct electricity when submerged into the saltwater. According to Mijeno, the light of the salt lamp is as bright as the light of eight candles or a light-emitting diode (LED) bulb which could last up to eight hours per glass of saltwater. It can also be used in charging mobile phones. Aisa Mijeno is already coordinating with the local governments to distribute the salt lamps to remote communities.


Frisbee is now an Olympic Sports

International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially recognized the sport of flying disc, commonly known as “Frisbee,” as an Olympic sport by including it in the Games’ program in the future. After meeting all the criteria, World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) was acknowledged during the 128th IOC Session in the Malaysian capital. WFDF now holds major championships in several events including Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate and field events.


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