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How Should the World Treat the North Korean Crisis?

English: Secretary Clinton met with British Fo...
English: Secretary Clinton met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the Treaty Room at the Department of State, May 14, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

War break outs seem to be rampant these days – but the most serious move against the United States and South Korea is North Korea’s nuclear threat. Despite being directed to the two countries only, the world will be affected because its radiation effects are airborne – so, the damages can reach other neighboring countries and beyond. People will be killed, birth defects can ruin the whole generation and physical damages will be immeasurable. This should not be taken lightly although aggressiveness can only trigger the anger of North Korea. UK’s Foreign Secretary Hague has this to say:

North Korea: UK’s Hague calls for calm amid tensions

By: BBC News

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called for calm over the North Korean crisis. Despite the “paranoid rhetoric” from Pyongyang, it was important to remain “firm and united,” he, said warning of the dangers of a “miscalculation” by North Korea.

Every leaders of relevant countries must be united so as to prevent making the wrong move. Damages can never be undone – so, this is the right time to call on the experts in war as well as the peace makers and see if North Korea can be pacified and get into serious talks as per their intentions or quest for that matter. No country will go for war if they are not taken for granted. What could they be fighting for?


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Human Rights Violation Over Sabah Crisis

English: Coat of arms of the Philippines
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When do you know that your human rights are violated? Where do you turn to when your government that is supposed to protect you will not do anything to give you justice? Perhaps, we should learn from what the concerned citizens of the Philippines are doing based on this article:

PH lawyers, civil society groups seek UN intervention on Sabah crisis


MANILA, Philippines—Philippine lawyers and other members of civil society groups have sought the intervention of the United Nations over alleged human rights violations in Sabah.

At last, the affected Filipinos can now be rest assured that they are not alone in their quest in reclaiming their ancestral domain. Hopefully, there will be more human rights groups that will follow suit.

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Top 5 Mistakes of Married Men


By: Gemma Lagasca


Married MenA typical married man tends to be the feeling like a “boss” in the family. Sometimes men cannot recognize it when they commit a mistake – maybe it is true that “boys will be boys”? However, married men should not ignore such visible bad habits because these can ruin the life of his partner.

According to a Psychologist; Dr. Gloria Vanderhorst PhD: continuous negative feelings between a husband and a wife that aren’t talked about will lead to psychological and physical crisis. Once stresses develop between the couple, depression and anxieties will gradually affect them and their relationship will lost its harmony. Here are the top manly mistakes and some practical solutions:

  1. Power position. Most men are typically performing the role of being dominant to their wife. This is a big mistake but many men don’t realize that it’s a bad mistake. Being a good provider for the family is different from being the powerful boss. Men should remember that being respectful, loving, reciprocal, caring and supportive will build a harmonious relationship with your partner in life – and never power struggle.

  2. Not showing compassion. Being compassionate is one of the most essential ingredients of any relationship according to psychologist Dr. Albert Maslow, PhD. Women are normally emotional when encountering discouragement but most of the time, men are more on “fix-it mode”. Men should learn to just simply by just listening to their wives’ complaints, and be sensitive with their feelings – to be able to understand them. It is important to take enough time to converse with each other to be uplifted spiritually and to ease depression.
  3. Being reckless spenders. Men tend to spend a lot without consulting their partner -because the attitude of being the head of the family is still instilled in their minds.  Making big purchases is such an alarming issue and will affect the financial status of the whole family. Dr. Vanderhorst emphasizes that both husband and wife should have a shared leadership position. Consider each other’s side before you come up with a mutual decision.
  4. Listening without thinking. Most men pretend that they are listening to their wives’ sentiments. They just nod sometimes without analysing the other party’s feelings and then they will jump into fixing the problem at once. This men’s attitude is not passive. Establishing good connection through demonstrating an interest with what the wife is trying to share is an active process to maintain the connection. Women are normally seeking for refuge to their husbands as they are considered as their “knight in shining armor” in times of dilemma.
  5. Being reserve with their feelings. Men are typically not taking the risk to open up their real emotions. Dr. Maslow explained that a woman will feel disregarded when her husband is not expressive to talk about his problems or feelings. The connection of the couple will gradually disappear and they will tend to find other outlet to release their stresses. This is not a good example of a healthy relationship. Men should not be scared in talking about their failures.  Build an open communication with your wife – in good times or bad times to encourage each other.

Know that there’s no problem that can’t be solved when well-communicated! Set aside your pride because it will not deter your manhood.

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Hurricane Sandy Survivors’ Government Assistance


By: Gemma Lagasca


Hurricane SandyPeople around the globe were terrified when the 21 states in America were hit by a super-storm named Sandy few weeks ago. It was an extraordinary “real-life monster” that frightened and killed numerous helpless individuals. This real-life disaster was described as such because the super-storm brought exceptional quantity of rain, floods, snow and destroyed extensive amount of properties, houses and infrastructures estimated to reach billions of dollars.

Due to this dreadful destruction, millions of survivors were left emotionally and physically devastated. Fortunately, affirms its support for over 1,000 assistance programs. It is committed to help citizens find general assistance they urgently need. This E-Government initiative is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through website – for easier application access to the 17 Federal Agencies created for this purpose.

President Obama ensures that FEMA’s program is available to any resident from the affected states within New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. President Obama also assures public assistance to municipalities or Tribal officials in different states such as West Virginia, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Just visit FEMA’s web site for added information.

Aside from FEMA’s various kinds of financial aids, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Small Business Administration (SBA) are also willing to support In association with the program they also offer the following benefits for the survivors:

1. Housing Assistance:
• Rental Units – survivors can be benefited with FEMA’s Housing Portal. It helps individuals and families to relocate and find a home for them to start all over again – after the devastating disaster. The affected and identified families should contact the federal agencies in charge and check the property choice on commercial websites.
• Temporary Housing – affected families and individuals with damaged homes have the privilege to be sheltered in motels or hotels in New Jersey and New York temporarily – while their houses are under repair. This program belongs to Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program. However, it is necessary to get registered first with FEMA to check application illegibility.
2. Business Loans:
• Business Physical Disaster Loans – this type of loan is not only limited to small businesses. It is a non-profit program that offers low-interest and long-term loans to recover the losses from their businesses due to the calamity. The loan can also use to rebuild and repair the establishment, property, machinery or equipment. The actual amount will be based on the actual damages or can be approved up to $2 million.
• Business Recovery Centers – these centers offer one-on-one business guidance and are operated by SBA. This is currently available in Brooklyn NY and Manahawkin New Jersey.
3. Tax Counseling:
• Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program – tax payers who were affected with the disaster are exempted to pay their taxes. Instead, the IRS provides tax counseling and gives assistance to for the victims to claim for tax refunds. All they have to do is to accomplish the forms and complete the needed information for the reconstruction of the destroyed financial records and furnish requirements for the refund.
4. Legal Services:
• Disaster Legal Services (DLS) – they provide legal assistance to affected individuals with low-income. Survivors like them are obviously incapable in securing legal services – on top of their basic necessities.
These are examples how the US government is taking care of its citizens during unfortunate incidents such as Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

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Happiness – the Best Measure of Success


By: Gynn Flores


HappinessAre you happy?

How happy are you now?

How much has your Company earned this quarter?

Which question is more significant to you? If you are more concerned about the latter, then one can guess that the answer to the former is not going to be a very positive one.

With this in mind, I was happy to know that the Bhutanese have introduced a Minister for Happiness – yes indeed, a happiness minister.

This kingdom in the Himalayas has a new measurement of national prosperity – “gross national happiness”. By focusing on people’s welfare rather than economic productivity, there is likely to be a knock-on effect for business. After all, a happy workforce makes for a more successful and productive team. They become more creative, focused and inspired with what they do. It makes them inspired to perform well in their jobs.

Success and money can definitely contribute to happiness, but happiness itself is another thing altogether. Words like ‘family’, ‘friends’, ‘love’ and ‘laughter’ have a lot more to do with happiness than words like ‘gross’, ‘capital’, returns and ‘revenue’.

Money is said to be a by-product of bigger, more meaningful goals such as passion, fun and wisdom. I can say, have fun, do good, and the money will come. It is once said that it is the little things that make us happy, money only creates a scenario conducive to happiness.

Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the Bhutanese and their Minister for Happiness. What other measurements for success are important to you? To the breadwinners, it is the capacity to provide for their family. For the businessman, it is the capacity to earn as projected or better yet, exceed the projections. Regardless of your purpose, happiness comes when you are able to achieve your goals. It gives you a sense of achievement and success. It is like rewards for your best efforts or some like to say the fruits of your own labor.
People have different expectations and in reality it is hard to give a measure to happiness. Regardless of your standards, your total well-being is what is important. Having achieved your goals – be it in business or employment, can make you able to sustain not only your needs but also your wants. Good health should be on top of the list followed by a comfortable home, good nourishment and finally the extras that you desire to have like holidays, gadgets, jewelries, novelty items to name a few.
Having achieved happiness, expect to hear laughter, contentment and a relaxed way of life. This is the life we all should struggle to achieve. It will free us from stress which is the source of most dreaded diseases. This may sound so simple but the reality is, it is s sort of prevention for the negative things to happen like worries, stress, anxiety and unhappiness. If everybody achieves this, we will all live happily wherever we may be. Initiate the effort and be happy.

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