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Binay: Nancy alerts Congress to act on Zika before it’s too late

Binay





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Nancy Binay urges immediate and coordinated action necessary from Congress on Zika outbreak. The Department of Health, the national government, and local government units should unite to combat the spread of the disease. The reported 6 more cases of Zika finding alarms the senator.



Binay is first when it comes to Public Service

It has been noted that Senator Binay does not only talk – but he also walks the talk. Always when it comes to public service, she’s leading the senatorial team.




Congress urged

Binay

She noted that the World Health Organization declared the global Zika virus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

“We have already recorded six new cases so far this year, must we wait for the virus to spread before we take action?” Binay asked, citing the need for coordination to inform the public that the Zika virus threat in our country is serious.

“We need to give them enough information to protect them from this ailment,” said Binay.



Kerry told the Council the only hope of reviving the ceasefire would be for Russia to order Assad to ground his air force and stop hitting civilian targets.

Food aid promised for Aleppo under the US-Russia deal has been stalled at the border since last week and will go bad in just a few days.

“Forty trucks are sitting at the Turkish-Syrian border. The food will be expiring on Monday,” the head of the UN humanitarian task force for Syria, Jan Egeland, said.

“The drivers are sleeping at the border and they have done so now for now a week, so please, President Assad, do your bit to enable us to get to eastern Aleppo.”

The UN resumed aid deliveries on Thursday after a pause in the wake of a strike on the convoy in Syria’s north that killed 20 civilians and destroyed 18 aid trucks.




Senate Resolution No. 136

In her Senate Resolution No. 136, Binay stressed that it is “the duty of the State to protect and promote the right to health of the people.”

“There is an imminent threat of local and cross-border transmission of Zika virus infection in the country that calls for urgent and coordinated action from Congress, the DoH, national government and local government units to adopt an action plan to prevent the spread of Zika virus, enhance early detection and monitoring of Zika virus, and increase awareness of Zika virus through education, information and communication campaigns,” Binay said.



Six more cases found

The DoH announced on Tuesday that six more persons have contracted Zika virus, bringing the number of recorded cases of the virus in the country to nine. Of the nine cases, six were females; six out of nine came from Iloilo, one came from Cebu and one from Laguna. All new cases also had no history of travel to other countries.

Aedes mosquitoes

Zika virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In tropical countries, it is commonly spread by the Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. However, Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually and through blood transfusion.

Those infected with the virus may experience mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or headaches, and according to WHO, these may last for 2-7 days.

Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome Anticipated

The virus is also being blamed for the increase in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in countries where Zika has spread.

The latest WHO situation report on Zika virus lists the Philippines as a Category 2-country. Category 2 countries have possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.
Reference: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/middle-east/147080-syria-launches-aleppo-push-truce-plan-flounders

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US election hacks: Are we going to war with Russia on this?

Are we going to war with Russia





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The top Democrats on Congress’ intelligence committees boldly blamed Russian intelligence agencies for a series of hacks. It is allegedly designed to influence the US presidential election. Here are the details see if this is justifiable as we ask; Are we going to war with Russia?

US election

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, respectively, released a joint statement on Thursday calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government.

“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the US election,” the Democrats said. “At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election — we can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”




Unlike past hedged comments from US lawmakers and officials, the statement was definitive and more forceful than any previous assertions about Russian hacking from top-level government sources. And in tying the hacking directly to Putin and/or senior levels of the Russian government, the Democrats were more forceful than the administration or Congress has been in the past.

Calling on President Putin

“We believe that orders for the Russian intelligence agencies to conduct such actions could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government,” Schiff and Feinstein said. “We call on President Putin to immediately order a halt to this activity. Americans will not stand for any foreign government trying to influence our election. We hope all Americans will stand together and reject the Russian effort.”




Kerry delivers blistering attack on Russia at UN

Experts have pinpointed Russian government-affiliated hackers as the source of cyber attacks on a number of Democratic political groups, including the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Communications and documents stolen in those hacks have been selectively leaked online since, by a hacker claiming to be unaffiliated with the Russians going by “Guccifer 2.0.” But analysis by private-sector cybersecurity firms had concluded that the character is most likely a front for the Russians to cast doubt on their culpability.




Both of state election boards

Two other hacks — both of state election boards — have also been loosely tied to potential Russian hackers. In Illinois, thousands of voter role records were accessed, and Arizona was also targeted. Though nothing was done to influence elections in those states, experts believe Russian hacking is designed to cast doubt in the security and validity of the election.
Schiff and Feinstein did not explain what in their briefings led to their conclusion. Intelligence Committee members receive classified briefings they can’t speak about in public.

Condemning Russia

They also broke with the administration in their condemnation of Russia. The White House has referred to the beliefs of experts on the hacks, but have not discussed any conclusions drawn by US government investigators. The administration has also been navigating a tense relationship with Russia over the conflict in Syria, with both sides pointing fingers over a fraught ceasefire agreement.”




No Republicans joined their statement. The hacks have been perceived as a benefit to GOP nominee Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump has spoken favorably of Putin in the past, and Democrats have tried to paint him as friendly to the authoritarian leader.

Damaging the Democratic Party

The hacks have been damaging to the Democratic Party, leading to the resignation of then-Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the eve of the Democratic convention in July. In return, Democrats have asked Republicans to not use material from the hacks due to the suspect Russian involvement.




Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/22/politics/election-2016-russian-hacking-intelligence-democrats/

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South China Sea News: China, Russia hold naval maneuvers war games as practice

South China Sea News





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
China attempts to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states. This is the result of its maritime claims. They use show of force together with the Russian military. Perhaps to intimidate neighbors. Read this interesting South China Sea news:

South China Sea

Chinese and Russian naval forces

Large-scale war games in the South China Sea by Chinese and Russian naval forces included practice for taking over islands in the disputed waters and appear part of efforts by both states to counter the U.S. pivot to Asia.

The exercises began Sept. 13 and concluded Monday. Dubbed Joint Sea-2016, the Chinese and Russian naval maneuvers involved the use of both warships, aircraft and marines in practice combat operations – a clear sign Beijing continues gearing up for a future military conflict with the United States over China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.

Largest Naval War Games

It was the largest joint exercises since the two navies began holding the war games and the first in the contested South China Sea. Chinese military officials described the war games as “a strategic measure” aimed at increasing military and especially naval cooperation.

State-run Chinese and Russian news reports provided a glimpse into some of the operations that took place in three phases, the largest of which involved naval live- fire drills, and anti-submarine warfare and air defense maneuvers. Details of the island-seizure practice were omitted in state-controlled media reports from both countries.

Overwhelming Warfares

A total of 13 warships took part, including guided-missile destroyers, frigates, landing ships, supply ships and significantly – two submarines. The two Chinese submarines were not identified by type but were used in anti-submarine exercises.

Aircraft included 11 Chinese fixed-wing warplanes and eight helicopters. A total of 160 Chinese marines also participated.

Russia dispatched three warships, two supply vessels, two helicopters and 96 marines, along with armored amphibious tanks.

The war games took place not far from the disputed Paracels claimed by China, Vietnam and others.




South China Sea Patrol

The operations were carried out near the city of Zhanjiang, located in southern Guangzhou province and north of the South China Sea’s Hainan Island, where China’s main regional military base is located.

A Pentagon official said U.S. reconnaissance assets, both sea-based and aerial, closely monitored the maneuvers.

In Washington, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said last week that Japan supports the Pentagon’s limited freedom-of-navigation operations in the sea to counter what she called attempted coercion by China. And Inada announced Japanese naval forces would soon join American naval forces in joint patrols in the South China Sea.

Japan to increase Engagement

“Japan, on its part, will increase its engagement in the South China Sea,” she said during think tank speech. “So for example, maritime defense forces joint training cruises with the U.S. Navy, bilateral maritime exercises with regional navies as well as providing capacity-building assistance to coastal nations.”

The announcement drew a harsh response from China denouncing any international patrols as “gunboat diplomacy” that would be met with unspecified countermeasures.

Careful not to upset China

Sticking to its policy of seeking to avoid upsetting China, the Obama administration remained relatively silent on the joint South China Sea exercise.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made no mention of the war games during a speech Sept. 15 in Los Angeles.

China’s “Great Wall of Sand”

Harris, who only months ago had been very outspoken in denouncing what he termed China’s “Great Wall of Sand” in the sea, appears to have been muzzled. In his Los Angeles remarks, Harris said only that Moscow and Beijing need to follow an international rules-based order.

The only public American comment came from State Department spokesman John Kirby who played down the large-scale exercises as “not unusual.”

“The only thing that, you know, we’re mindful of is that as exercises like this take place, they take place in accordance with international law and don’t do anything to raise tensions,” he said.

Exercises Raise Tensions

The exercises have raised tensions and followed years of Chinese provocations in the sea. Those have included the large-scale building of islands, deployment of warplanes and missiles on them, and heightening tensions with Vietnam by moving an oil platform to the Paracels. In the Spratlys, China has built several long runways that could be used for military transports and it is eyeing the strategically-located Scarborough Shoal for militarization in the future. The shoal is close to the Philippines where U.S. aircraft and naval vessels will be based as part of an enhanced defense agreement.

So far, the U.S. pivot to Asia has been limited to bolstering ties with India, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Most military activities have been limited to periodic deployments of warships and increased surveillance activities.

Provocative Warplane Flights

Russia also is seeking to counteract the U.S. pivot by stepping up joint military activities with China and by conducting provocative warplane flights. Last year, two Russian bombers made a low pass near the aircraft carrier USS Reagan. Nuclear-capable Russian bombers also have flown around Guam several times. The island is the center of the military element of the Asia pivot.




Misleading South China Sea war game

Russian state-controlled news reports noted that the “massive” South China Sea war games followed recent U.S. naval operations in the area.

During the recent war games, Chinese propagandists used English-language media to mislead western publics about the exercises. For example, Zhang Junshe, a researcher at the Chinese Navy’s Military and Academic Institute, told the official Xinhua news agency the joint exercise was “essentially defensive and totally different from the island landing and retaking drills that a few countries engage in year after year in the west pacific region against an imaginary enemy,” an apparent reference to U.S. military exercises in the nearby East China Sea.

Other Chinese language reports on the war games provided a different description. The two militaries would be involved in “seizing reefs,” “amphibious landing” of troops and weapons on islands, and “other island defense and offense joint training.”




China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills

And the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times newspaper headlined its Sept. 19 report on the exercises with this: “China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills.”

Xinhua added that the war games were not targeted against “third parties.” But the exercises clearly were designed to send a targeted strategic message to the United States that China is increasing its military presence in the sea.

Another Chinese report said the joint operations included practice for “basic beachhead attack tactics.”

Chen Xi, captain of the guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou that was part of the exercise, described the military operations as drills for sudden, surprise attacks using asymmetric weapons – arms that provide a weaker opponent with capabilities to defeat stronger foes.

“As the commanding post of the blue team, we can use early warning helicopters to search and engage JH-7A aircraft and submarines in combat,” Chen said. “The blue team enjoys the priority of initiating the combat which means we have the priority over when to engage, giving the other team a secret and sudden attack.”

Military intelligence sharing

Xinhua also disclosed what had long been suspected: China and Russia are engaged in military intelligence sharing, including data on the use of both radar and sonar – key electronic warfare capabilities.

During the drills, Chinese warships escorted a ship that played the role of a merchant vessel. Those ships were then joined by a Russian destroyer that provided air defense and anti-submarine warfare protection for the merchant ship.




Anti-submarine warfare helicopters dropped sonar buoys that transmitted data to the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs, a vessel the Chinese say has more technical capabilities than those of Chinese, according to Xinhua.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

The high profile war games followed a setback for Chinese efforts to legitimize control over 90% of South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in July ruled against China and in favor of the Philippines in a legal dispute over who owns the disputed Spratlys islands. The United Nations court ruled there was “no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’” – a ill-defined border covering most of the strategic waterway.

China has insisted that its militarization of the South China Sea through deploying military forces on some of the 3,200 acres of newly reclaimed islands is not destabilizing. Beijing also has claimed that the joint drills with Russia are not destabilizing.

The recent military exercise shows that China is attempting to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states as a result of its maritime claims by using a regional show of force together with the Russian military. So much for that part of the South China Sea news.




Sources: Freebeacon.

Reference: http://atimes.com/2016/09/counter-pivot-china-russia-hold-large-scale-s-china-sea-war-games/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/asia/china-russia-south-china-sea-exercises/

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Philippine President says No to Martial Law this time

Martial Law





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
PhilippinePresident Rodrigo Duterte is already struggling is solving illegal drugs crime in the country. However, martial law is not yet an option at this time.

How could I solve this?; he asked. I cannot just imprison them nor kill them. But I also don’t like Martial aw; he added.

Martial Law Anniversary Speech

Speaking on the 44th anniversary of the declaration of martial law during his visit at Camp Elias Angeles San Jose in Pili, Camarines Sur, Duterte said the drug problem had corrupted government officials and personnel. Also including members of the National Bureau of Investigation, the police and judges.

“This will destroy your children, your grandchildren. and the next generation,” he said, referring to the drug menace.

Blamed for Extra Judicial Killings

Duterte is being assailed for rampant extrajudicial killings happening in the course of his war against illegal drugs even as he maintains that the government has nothing to do with such incidents.

He has tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines to join the police in the drug war, along with the fight against terrorism as he placed the country under a state of national emergency due to lawless violence after the Sept. 2 Davao City bombing.

Duterte

He is not like Marcos

Duterte had earlier said he was ready to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a former president and war veteran. But he stressed he is no Marcos.

Malacañang stressed no civil liberties were being curtailed and that the government was committed to due process and human rights that were sacrificed during martial law years, where atrocities were committed by uniformed authorities.

In his speech, Duterte noted how the drug problem caused infighting among those involved. He directed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to look into his latest list of 1,000 narco-politicians in a bid to prevent them from continuing their illicit trade.




Narco-politicians’ List

As a former prosecutor, Duterte said he assessed the names in the latest narco-politicians’ list one by one to determine if evidence would warrant the filing of cases against them.

At the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division in Camp Manuel Yan, Mawab, Compostela Valley on Tuesday, Duterte said it was important for him to have a strong military and police force that would not be corrupt so he could effectively lead the country.

“I cannot run a country with a weak Armed Forces, and I cannot run a country with a corrupt police,” the President said.

He said this was the reason he named the police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.




No intention to declare Martial Law

Earlier yesterday, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the President has no intention to declare martial law even if the option was presented to him during past discussions with close allies.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo admitted toying with the idea of “constitutional dictatorship” so Duterte could have powers over both the executive and legislative branches to speed up reforms.

“Believe me, from what I have seen, he will not go for martial law. There are other (ways)… that would support his (campaign)… including the declaration of a simple state of lawless violence in Mindanao right now,” Esperon said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay at Café Adriatico in Manila.




Martial Law is not Duterte’s Solution

“In fact, many have recommended the declaration of more stringent setups, including the declaration perhaps (of) martial law… but he did not go for it,” the former AFP chief said.

Duterte, 71, can be cited for using an iron-hand strategy in addressing crimes and illegal drugs, but he is not a dictator, Esperon insisted.

“So should we call him a constitutional dictator or do we call him a forceful law enforcer? Enforcer of the laws of the land, enforcer against criminality, enforcer for good governance,” Esperon added.

The Punisher Image

On Duterte’s moniker as “The Punisher,” Esperon explained that the President was keen on seeking retribution for the criminals.

“Yes, because he will have to punish. That’s exactly part of it, maybe an iron fist in enforcing the laws. He said, ‘What right do you have to manufacture or cook shabu and feed it to my children, to the next generation?’ I hope by now, we have realized the magnitude of the situation,” Esperon added.

Reacting to the recommendation of Panelo for the President to declare a constitutional dictatorship, Esperon doubted Duterte would consider this since the Chief Executive had been advocating federalism.

Constitutional Authoritarianism Association

“I don’t know why constitutional authoritarianism would be associated with the President. All I know is that he is very strict, and he is bent on enforcing the laws of the land,” Esperon said.

“He is a lawyer, and therefore he knows his rules but this is my take on it. I joined the campaign of (then Davao City) mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the common platform and that is federalism (which)… for me, is the key of the peace process in Mindanao,” Esperon added.

“Let me tell you this, if a candidate for president is going for martial law or for authoritarian rule or for consolidation of powers in unilateral central government… why would he go for federalism which will break up the country into several states?” Esperon asked.



Business as usual

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Sept. 21 was a regular working day so it was “governance as usual” but this “does not mean the significance of the day is lost to the collective memory of the nation.”

He said the government was open to anti-Marcos protests but they must be done peacefully.

Meanwhile, the Official Gazette noted the declaration of martial law should be commemorated on Sept. 23 and not Sept. 21.

In its article, the OG said the announcement made by Marcos on live television occurred on Sept. 23, although the official date on Proclamation No. 1081 was Sept. 21.

“Yet accounts differ… Two things emerge: first, whether they conflict or not, all accounts indicate that Marcos’ obsession with numerology (particularly the number seven) necessitated that Proclamation No. 1081 be officially signed on a date that was divisible by seven. Thus, Sept. 21, 1972 became the official date that martial law was established and the day that the Marcos dictatorship began. This also allowed Marcos to control history on his own terms,” it added.

Marcos Loyalists

Marcos loyalists based in Australia and those in Pangasinan vowed to continue their call for a hero’s burial for Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Pearly Gardiner, public relations officer of Ilocano Associations of Australia, was quoted by the Ilocos Norte provincial government media office as saying they would organize vigil rallies and spearhead a signature campaign urging the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

Some Pangasinenses, for their part, are insisting that thousands continue to benefit from the programs of the Marcos administration and the Bayanihan Bayan Movers Pangasinan Organization of Genuine Inhabitants is also calling for the late strongman’s hero’s burial.



References: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/22/1626235/duterte-i-dont-want-martial-law

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/08/09/Duterte-warns-Sereno-crisis-martial-law.html

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All Cancer Cure Tests for Humans Ongoing with Dogs and Cats’ Help

All cancer





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Cujo caresses his owner Valeria Martinez during her visit in  U.S. National Institutes of Health, Guelph. The nine-year-old Rottweiler is  unaware he is part of a series of studies. The ones that researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College are close to getting help for humans. They start with the same kind of cancer that led to his amputation.

All Cancer Tests Guinea Pig

“Good boy. Good boy, baby,” Martinez coos as Cujo rolls on his back. Then rights himself to continue his three-legged perambulation around the visitors’ room at the OVC’s Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer.

Dogs

It was here that the canine had his right front leg surgically removed in December. It was done after a painful lump in the limb. The illness was diagnosed as osteosarcoma. The same type of bone cancer that affected Terry Fox and ended his Marathon of Hope when the malignancy recurred in his lungs. The 22-year-old died in June 1981.

Identical Disease

Osteosarcoma in dogs is almost identical to the disease that occurs in teens and young adults, with a similar progression. But canines are 10 times more likely to develop  cancer than humans. They hope that upon finding the cure, principles can then be applied to all cancer.

“Just like in people, osteosarcoma in dogs is a highly metastatic disease, meaning it comes back,” says Dr. Paul Woods, a veterinary medical oncologist at the OVC, which is part of the University of Guelph.

Osteosarcoma in Large Dog Breeds

In dogs, osteosarcoma occurs most often in large breeds like mastiffs, greyhounds, and wolfhounds, although smaller dogs can develop the disease. Standard treatment includes amputating the affected limb, then treating the pet with chemotherapy.

“We do chemotherapy similar to chemotherapy they use in people, and the idea is we’re trying to delay or prevent recurrence of this metastatic disease,” Woods explains.




He concedes, however, that the regimen typically only extends the animal’s life, with most eventually succumbing to the cancer.
But as part of a multicentre trial headed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Guelph researchers are testing a drug called rapamycin, which they hope might stop the bone cancer from recurring.

160 Dog Participants

About 160 dogs will be included in the eight- to 12-month study being conducted by the NIH’s Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium at about 20 U.S. sites along with Guelph, with funding from the Morris Animal Foundation, an international non-profit organization that supports veterinary research.
All the animals will get standard care for their cancer, then half will be randomized to receive rapamycin. The drug is used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients but is being re-purposed as a potential anti-cancer medication.




Cujo is Getting the Drug

When Martinez first brought her pet to the centre from her home in Barrie, Ont., she was “looking for a miracle” but worried how Cujo would fare with a missing limb.

Three weeks after the operation, Cujo “started to live normally,” she says. While he can no longer manage the daily three-kilometre walks the pair took before he lost his leg, he can run and play in the backyard, “no problem.”

Following the operation, Cujo underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, which Martinez says didn’t seem to bother him beyond being tired the first day of treatment.
The pet is now being monitored to see if his cancer is being held at bay.

“What we’re wondering is will that delay or at best stop the metastatic disease from coming back,” says Woods. “Hopefully it will help dogs, but it may also translate to helping people as well.”




OVC osteosarcoma Research Project

That’s also the goal of another OVC osteosarcoma research project, this one in the lab of viral immunologist Byram Bridle.
With a $450,000 grant from the Terry Fox Foundation, Bridle is laying the groundwork for a three-year study that will test two novel virus-based therapies in dogs with the bone cancer.
One uses a non-disease-causing “oncolytic” virus that has been engineered to target and destroy osteosarcoma cells without harming surrounding healthy cells. The second is a virus-based vaccine that boosts and harnesses the power of the immune system in a bid to wipe out the cancer cells — delivering a one-two punch against the tumour.

“So the concept here is the oncolytic virus will get in and quickly replicate and destroy a lot of the cancer cells, debulking the tumour, and then this overwhelming immune response will come in as a second wave and hopefully kill the remaining cancer cells,” says Bridle, who as a child was inspired by Fox and chose the study of cancer as a career path.




All Cancer Kill when Spread Out

“What kills these animals is when some of the (cancer) cells migrate to other parts of the body,” he says. But because the experimental viruses distribute throughout the body, “we don’t need to know where these tumour cells are — the viruses can seek them out and find them.”

Researchers are in the process of producing clinical batches of the therapies for the trial, which is expected to enrol at least 45 dogs and last about two years once regulatory approval is granted.

Optimal Therapy to test in Human Patients

“If we can show that the experimental therapy is better … it will allow us to design an optimal therapy to test in human patients,” says Bridle, who is working with collaborators at McMaster University and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
A trial using a similar approach is already underway for cats with the feline version of breast cancer, and researchers hope the results may point to a new way to treat some forms of the disease in humans.

The study is funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the first time the charitable organization has invested in research involving companion animals, says Bridle, who is working on the project with Woods and Brian Lichty of McMaster.

So far, 12 cats have been treated with immunotherapy designed to target feline mammary carcinoma, which typically occurs in older animals that have not been spayed.

Among them is Tabby, a stray adopted 13 years ago by Millie Daley of Hamilton, who also has one of her kittens.
When her local vet discovered Tabby had mammary cancer, Daley turned to the OVC, which agreed to take her pet into the immunotherapy trial.

Over a period of weeks, the cat received one of the vaccines, the tumour was surgically removed and then the second vaccine was administered.

No reaction to either of the Vaccines

“She had no reaction to either of the vaccines, she just sailed through them,” says Daley, who has brought Tabby in for a follow up appointment. “She runs around the house, she has more energy now than she had before all this started.
“It’s a triple win all the way around. She’s getting excellent care and I win because I’m not going bankrupt … and down the road it may even help me or other humans to deal with breast cancer in another way that’s less invasive and may (have) a better result.”




Reference: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/dogs-cats-may-help-in-human-cancer-treatment-research-1.2895521

http://vetmed.illinois.edu/translational-cancer-research-benefits-dogs-and-people/

Clinical Trials With Dogs Helping Find Cures For Cancer In Humans

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US Election Results : Poll shows Canada more popular Presidential Bets

US Election Results





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It’s unbelievable that the exact US Election Results in the poll conducted in Washington shows that America really likes its neighbor, Canada. Much better than their presidential bets. Here’s how it is:

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of the presidential election asked Americans not only for their opinions on the candidates, the political parties, and the news media but their opinion on their neighbors.

The result: we win. Seventy-five percent had a positive view of Canada. Just 3 percent had a negative view.

That was way better than any other person or entity.

U.S. election poll

“There has always been, and always will be, an enormous amount of goodwill for Canada in the United States. And the feeling is mutual,” said Christine Constantin, spokesperson for the Canadian embassy in Washington. “We are your best friend, ally and neighbour. We see it every day and in countless ways.”




Mexico polled

Mexico polled at 38 percent positive, 26 percent negative. The news media was at 19 percent positive, 59 percent negative. President Barack Obama was at 51 percent positive, 39 percent negative. Former President Bill Clinton was at 45 percent positive, 38 percent negative.




None of the major presidential candidates was viewed favourably. Republican candidate Donald Trump was at 28 percent positive, 61 percent negative. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at 37 percent positive, 52 percent negative.

Americans have long been united in their appreciation for Canada. In a Gallup poll last year, 92 percent of Americans said they had a favourable impression, a higher figure than for any other country.




Canadians also like America

Canadians also like America, but not quite as much. Sixty-eight per cent of Canadians had a favourable view of America in a Pew poll last year; 26 percent were unfavourable.

Canada even did better in the latest poll of Americans than some of the most popular figures of the recent past. According to the Journal, Canada did even better than Michael Jordan (69 percent positive) in 1997 and Pope John Paul II (65 per cent positive) in 1998.




Clinton held a six-point overall lead in the poll, 43 percent to Trump’s 37 per cent. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 9 percent, Green Jill Stein 3 per cent.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted by phone from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.




References: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6873585-u-s-election-poll-canada-more-popular-than-candidates/

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/05/12/maple-match-trump-canada-moos-pkg-erin.cnn

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Are we going to war with Russia, China in Space?

Are we going to war with Russia



welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Are we going to war with Russia and China? The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities. The United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat.
Russia

Both Beijing and Moscow are developing anti-satellite missiles and laser guns and maneuvering killer space robots that could cripple strategic U.S. communications, navigation and intelligence satellites, the backbone of American high-technology warfare. The question; Are we going to war with Russia, China at Space will be answerable by yes and no. We do not have to go to space for that. It’s their technology being so advanced, they can manipulate via space channels.



Chinese and Russian

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, picked to be the next Stratcom commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Chinese and Russian space weapons pose “an emerging challenge” and that the Pentagon is accelerating its efforts to counter the threat.


“The Department of Defense has aggressively moved out to develop responses to the threats that we see coming from China and Russia,” the four-star general said Tuesday. “I believe it’s essential that we go faster in our responses.”


U.S. military

A program called Space Enterprise Vision is being carried out by the U.S. military and the National Reconnaissance Office, the spy agency that builds and launches U.S. satellites, to prepare for war in space.


Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that information he received from the general is classified. It’s about the rapid buildup was “deeply disturbing.”


Reference: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/21/china-russia-space-war-weapons-on-fast-track/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/21/politics/us-warns-syria-russia-on-attacks/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/syria-convoy-strike-us-conclusion-russia/

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German Rottweiler as Gentle Big Brother of this Baby

German Rottweiler





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The relationship between a German Rottweiler and this baby is second to none. It cannot be denied that they are heartwarmingly cute together. You would even wonder for a second why dog attacks happen.


Megadesn

This Rottweiler just interacts with this little girl in the sweetest way.  It’s a huge testament to the fact that stereotypes are wrong. Rottweilers are actually extremely sweet and gentle.
Rottweiler




Best of friends

It’s clear this dog and baby pair is the best of friends.  Rightfully so, because they’re both very photogenic it’s actually insane.




Just look at those eyes. And those SMILES.  Are you not melted yet? Would you wish for one German Rottweiler also?

Rottweiler




The background music to their love makes it all that much better. That Rottweiler better watch is health. His tiny human sister is going to break her heart when she gets older – and perhaps find him gone! At least, that’s what life is all about.




For now, they’re just warming hearts together. They might enjoy it but also the people around them. Not to mention all of us witnessing their close bond.




Reference: https://www.thedodo.com/rottweiler-and-baby-1490495174.html

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rottweilerphotos.htm

Rottweiler

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Sereno inquires to honor both Ferdinand Marcos and alleged Martial Law Victims

Ferdinand Marcos





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno weighs the balance to  allow the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani of Ferdinand Marcos. Protests against it are happening by alleged martial law victims.

Sereno Inquires

Would it be right and just if public honors are accorded both to the victims of human rights violations and the one allegedly responsible?

Marcos

These, in effect, were the related questions that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno posed to Solicitor General Jose Calida. He represents the administrators of Libingan. This is evident in her questioning before the end of oral arguments at the Supreme Court last Wednesday.

Second Round of Oral Arguments

It was the second round of oral arguments on the petitions to stop the burial of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan. It is authorized by President Rodrigo Duterte. A week earlier, the petitioners had argued their case. The Court allows four women to narrate their horrible experiences of torture and detention under martial law.




RA 10368 in 2013

The Chief Justice premises her questions on the fact that Congress has enacted a law (RA 10368 in 2013). It declares as State policy “.  The law recognizes the heroism and sufferings of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearance. It also includes other human rights violations committed during the regime of (Marcos). It covers the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restore the victims’ honor and dignity.”

Government’s Moral Obligation

The same law also declares that the State “acknowledges its moral and legal obligation to recognize. Also to provide reparations to said victims and, or their families for the deaths, injuries, sufferings, deprivations. and damages they suffered under the Marcos regime.”




Monetary and non-monetary Reparations

Sereno went as far as to say that the recognition and reparations (both monetary and non-monetary) provided under the law may not suffice to make up for the losses and sufferings of the victims.

Aggravating the victims’ plaint is the fact that the implementation of RA 10368 . It took over a decade to be approved by Congress – has yet to yield benefits to them. No one has yet received any monetary reparation since the compensation board created. It is still going through the 75,000 applications filed to determine who should be paid and the amount to be paid corresponding to the type or degree of violation each one suffered.

Memorial of Victims

The law also provides for the establishment of a memorial/museum/library (initially funded with P500 million) wherein the names of the HRV victims will be inscribed in a roll and their records of sufferings shall be preserved and made accessible to the public via the Internet. This too has yet to be established.




More Injustice after Marcos’s Hero Burial

Thus it would truly heap more injustice on the victims if the body of Marcos were allowed to be buried at the Libingan. May it be before or after the provisions of RA 10368 have been carried out.

Respecting Collective Injuries

Adding further pain to the victims’ collective injuries were the statements by Calida and the private lawyer representing the Marcoses that the former’s emotions and feelings have no relevance to the burial issue because they could seek remedies under other laws.

Under questioning by the magistrates, Calida cited varied reasons for Duterte’s decision, among them being what he called the “wisdom and propriety of the President’s well-meaning desire to put closure to this divisive issue.”




Marcos as a hero

He got himself in a knot by first averring that the President doesn’t intend to bury Marcos as a hero, but as a soldier and former president. Later he asserted that, having been awarded a Medal of Valor for alleged World War II gallantry (given when he was already President in 1966), the dictator has effectively been declared a war hero. Worse, under Justice Marvic Leonen’s rapid-fire questioning, Calida was compelled to admit, impliedly, that it was Marcos himself who issued Presidential Decree No.1687 recognizing a Medal of Valor awardee as a hero, on March 24, 1980.

AFP Rules and Regulations

Sereno upbraided Calida for repeatedly citing mere AFP rules and regulations to justify Marcos’ burial at the Libingan. The solicitor general kept referring to AFP Regulation No. G161-375. (Coincidentally, an online petition and house-to-house campaign launched in Ilocos Norte. It’s the Marcos’ home province, to collect a million signatures to support his burial at the Libingan. It cites as authority AFP Regulation No. G161-137.)

“You’re using AFP regulations to force upon this Court your definition of a hero,” Sereno told Calida. “You are reducing us to a court that will legitimize everything due to a regulation by the AFP; she added. Are our pronouncements so meaningless to you. That all of them will be set aside so you can justify under just an administrative issuance [the burial at Libingan] so the President can fulfill a promise made during his [electoral] campaign?”

Peppering him with questions, to which Calida answered yes to some. He disagreed in two others. The chief justice induced the solicitor general into admitting that AFP regulations don’t carry the same weight or authority as laws enacted by Congress.

No Heroes Burial on September 18

Meantime, Marcos’ body won’t be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, as set by his family.

The Supreme Court has extended until October 18 its 20-day status quo ante order which originally would have lapsed in mid-September. Lawyers of both sides have been given 20 days to submit their respective memoranda (summation of written arguments).



Reference: http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2016/09/10/1622251/sereno-asks-can-we-honor-both-marcos-and-his-victims

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/09/07/No-heros-burial-for-Marcos-just-yet-SC-extends-status-quo-order.html

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Favorable Binay Verdict at Last for Makati Mayoralty

Binay





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Comelec First Division dismisses the election protest filed by Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. against Makati City Mayor Mar-len Abigail “Abby” Binay. She’s the daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In its decision dated Sept. 20, the First Division found that Peña’s protest contained discrepancies. It was “insufficient in form and content.”



Binay

Two Different Versions

The Comelec said the Peña camp submitted two versions of the protest on May 20. It was less than two weeks after the May 2016 polls. One version had 22 pages, the other, 24 pages.

Both versions “failed to indicate a detailed specification of the acts or omissions complained of showing the electoral frauds, anomalies or irregularities in the protested precincts,” the Comelec panel said.




Discrepancies on Pena’s Protest

It also noted that Peña failed to indicate the specific precincts where the errors in the scanning of the ballots allegedly took place.

Peña also failed cite specific details on the ballots allegedly rejected by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.


General Statement

“The allegations that votes cast do not accurately reflect the election receipts, vote-buying, harassment and intimidation allegedly done by the Protestee [Binay], and vote-shaving should be considered as general statements as they are devoid of specific instances where these happened or how these took place. The use by the Protestant [Peña] of phrases like numerous instances, in some instances, in one instance, etc. reflects that these statements of irregularities are broad and general in description. That which the law does not allow,” the First Division said in its order.




Abby Binay is Grateful

In a statement, lawyer Daniel Subido, legal counsel of Binay, said the mayor is grateful for the Comelec ruling and is determined to “restore the highest standard of service to the Makati citizens.”

As of posting time, the camp of Peña has yet to answer phone calls made by GMA Online




References:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/582458/news/metro/comelec-panel-upholds-abby-binay-s-win-as-makati-mayor-dismisses-pena-poll-protest

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/03/28/makati-abby-binay-kid-pena.html

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