Does superstition have scientific basis? Some feel it is bad luck for 13 people to have a group picture or to dine together. For example, there are many people who feel that meeting a cross-eyed person or a black cat spells bad luck. Does superstition have scientific basis? Despite the fact that superstition is unscientific and unbiblical, superstition has influenced the lives of many people, including responsible professional people.
June 15, 2019 16:18 UTC
Snaking back 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetIF SYMPTOMS PERSISTBy DR. JOSE PUJALTE JR.“The crooked be made straight and the curse be ended.”— T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-born English poet, The Family Reunion (1939)“Scoliosis” is a genuine scare word even for more millennials. A positive test is the presence of trunk asymmetry – a “rib hump” appears because in scoliosis, not only does the spine curve, the individual trunk spine bones also rotate twisting the ribs with them. Growing patients with curves greater than 40 degrees, adults with curves larger than 50 degrees.
June 15, 2019 16:18 UTC
China denies hit-and-runhome/News/Headlines/China denies hit-and-runCHINA on Saturday admitted that a Chinese vessel “bumped” a Filipino vessel, but denied that the incident was a hit-and-run. The embassy said in a statement the vessel, “Yuemaobinyu 42212,” was “besieged” by seven or eight Filipino fishing boats. “During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat, and its steel cable on the lighting grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered,” it added. She added that if there were “seven to eight Filipino fishing boats” in the area, the Filipino fishers would not have been rescued by the Vietnamese.
June 15, 2019 16:18 UTC
Three in one: A dummy’s guide to the TrinityBy RICARDO SALUDOONE big problem about understanding the Blessed Trinity, along with other spiritual truths, is precisely that: it’s spiritual. But what “God is love” means is not for the senses or the imagination to figure out, but for the intellect. Father, Son and SpiritGod’s personhood and transcendence underpin the Blessed Trinity. Before creation, God was by Himself, knowing only Himself. Father and Son are in one divine being, and this total communion is the eternal, infinite love between them.
June 15, 2019 16:17 UTC
HK leader suspends extradition measurehome/News/Top Stories/HK leader suspends extradition measureHONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Saturday suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown after a week of unprecedented protests and political unrest. The decision is a rare concession from the city’s pro-Beijing leaders, who have successfully faced down demands from pro-democracy demonstrators in recent years. “Carrie Lam has lost all credibility amongst the Hong Kong people, she must step down,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo told reporters. Under a deal signed with Britain, China allowed Hong Kong to keep key liberties denied to people on the mainland, like freedom of speech and independent courts, for 50 years. Hong Kong-based political analyst Willy Lam said there had been a growing unease among Beijing’s leaders as the unrest spiraled.
June 15, 2019 16:17 UTC
Oil prices to go up this weekMANILA, Philippines — After three consecutive weeks of price rollback, local pump prices are expected to increase this week after the attack on two oil tankers in the Middle East. Unioil Petroleum Philippines said in its forecast that fuel prices are projected to increase next week. Global oil prices tumbled in the first half of the trading week due to the negative outlook for global oil demand caused by the ongoing trade wars involving the US, China and Mexico and the growing US oil inventory. However, oil prices surged towards the end of the week after two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked, which stoked concerns about potential supply disruptions, Reuters reported. Last week, oil companies slashed gasoline prices by P1.70 per liter, diesel by P1.05 per liter and kerosene by P1.00 per liter.
June 15, 2019 16:16 UTC
AS ONLINE THREATS RISEParents urged to be vigilant of children’s internet useBy The Manila TimesCybersecurity provider Kaspersky strongly advised Filipino parents to keep a closer eye on their children’s online activities on the heels of soaring web threats the company has been monitoring in the country. From its latest data, they confirmed that 82.46 percent of web threats from January to December 2018 have attempted to attack home users in the Philippines. These web threats were scanned and blocked by Kaspersky Lab products when their users accessed websites or downloaded online files. “When it comes to kids’ online safety though, we recommend that parents should step in so that the balance is tipped for good. “As a cyber security professional and soon-to-be-dad myself, the online security of my child is surely going to be one of my foremost concerns.
Court orders release of WellMed ownerhome/News/Top Stories/Court orders release of WellMed ownerA manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has granted the petition for bail for the release from detention of Dr. Bryan Christopher Sy, one of the owners of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center. “You are hereby directed to release from custody the person of Bryan Christopher Sy Wang, accused in NPS (National Prosecution Service) Docket No. 6343449, dated 15 June 2019, unless he is being held for some other lawful cause,” the release order stated. A jail officer refused to honor the court’s order on the ground that nobody from the NBI would sign the release order. “It is our client’s constitutional right to post bail and the NBI should comply with the release order of the court,” Ilagan pointed out.
Buy and sell at the Facebook Marketplacehome/Business/Business Columns/Buy and sell at the Facebook MarketplaceMy least favorite social networking site is Facebook, but I discovered something good about it. Facebook Marketplace is now my go-to social advertising platform, but there is more. Marketplace, as defined by Facebook in October 2016, is “a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. I tried my luck on my timeline, but Facebook alerted me it is better to post at the Facebook Marketplace. Though I think Facebook compromises the “marketplace of ideas,” the Marketplace is the only good thing going for Facebook.
Landmine blast kills 8 Kenyan police near Somali border 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseEight Kenyan police officers were killed Saturday when their vehicle ran over a landmine during a patrol near the border with Somalia, police said. They had been on patrol between Khorof-Harar and Konton in Wajir county on the border between Kenya and Somalia, Mutyambai added. Kenyan media had reported an attack on Konton Friday by Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents who kidnapped three Kenyan police reservists. Wajir county and its neighbors Mandera and Garissa are frequently targeted in Shabaab attacks, notably security personnel deployed there to monitor the frontier.
June 15, 2019 16:07 UTC
FOCUSFrom homework to helmets, Hong Kong’s protesters evolve and hardenhome/Opinion/Analysis/From homework to helmets, Hong Kong’s protesters evolve and hardenHONG KONG: The optimism that once defined Hong Kong’s pro-democracy rallies has been replaced by desperation and foreboding as young protesters flood the streets again, this time ready to fight in what feels like a last-ditch battle for the city. “What can I do?”Hardening of sentimentThis week has seen a profound shift in the attitudes and tactics of both police and protesters. Protesters were famously courteous, recycling their waste, doing their homework at night and apologizing for the inconvenienced caused. On Wednesday, armed with bottles, bricks and metal bars, a hard core of masked protesters battled police outside the city’s parliament. After seeing off the hardcore protesters outside parliament, officers turned their crowd control weapons on the masses of largely peaceful protesters elsewhere, ensuring any occupation would end.
11 journalism students graduate from The Manila Times CollegeBy NEIL JAYSON SERVALLOShome/News/Top Stories/11 journalism students graduate from The Manila Times CollegeELEVEN journalism students graduated from The Manila Times College (TMTC) on Saturday. The best expository essay was written by Andrea Uriarte, while the first runner-up was Angel Poricallan. In the college level, Mike Tandugon won best narrative essay, with Naomi Padrelanan as first runner-up. In the persuasive category, Jamaica Marciano won first prize, Anthony Cirilo was first runner-up, Louise del Rosario was second runner-up and Datumama Santi Tutin was third runner-up. Judges of the contest were Ramon Avancena High School Principal Danilo Estavillo, journalist Stanley Gajete and The Manila Times columnist Tita Valderrama.
There will be the usual greetings from children to their dads. Some of us dads may even receive cards, phone calls, kisses and hugs, and gifts from our partners and offspring. There are also those who are deadbeat dads — those who have abandoned all responsibilities and obligations and have practically cut ties with their children. Some needed to say things they never got to tell their own fathers, especially those whose dads had passed away. At a certain point, children stop being children and parents cease being parents except perhaps in name.
June 15, 2019 16:01 UTC
“She did not tell us stories that much, that’s why I don’t know much about her love story with Bonifacio,” Sevilla said. Sevilla recalled visiting Lola Oryang when she was six years old at her house in Malate. But for girls then like Sevilla, Oryang was their quiet lola or grandmother who had allowed them to play in the yard among bountiful fruit trees. Benedicto Sanchez, 86, a longtime resident of Zamora street, recalled playing outside and seeing Lola Oryang in the house wearing traditional attire. “The young ones – they may not know any more that the wife of Bonifacio onced lived here.
June 15, 2019 16:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The dismissal of a Caloocan policeman from service over the death of a six-year-old boy may be the family’s only birthday gift to their son for his upcoming birthday. The Caloocan Regional Trial Court Branch 128 also ordered Delos Reyes’ trial for murder for the boy’s death, and attempted murder for shooting the foot of Gian’s grandmother in an attempt to escape. Gian, who was killed with a stray bullet traced to Delos Reyes’ service firearm, would have been seven years old on June 23. “We consider it a blessing that the police officer will face trial just in time for his birthday,” said Gian’s grandmother Elsa. Besides murder and attempted murder, Delos Reyes was charged with violations of the elections gun ban for carrying a .45 caliber pistol without a permit to carry during the campaign period.
June 15, 2019 16:00 UTC