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Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

The Vatican on Tuesday, October 25, published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. The new instructions were released just in time for Halloween and “All Souls Day” on November 2, when the faithful are supposed to pray for and remember the dead. For most of its 2,000-year history, the Catholic Church only permitted burial, arguing that it best expressed the Christian hope in resurrection. But in 1963, the Vatican explicitly allowed cremation as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection. The new document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith repeats that burial remains preferred, with officials calling cremation a “brutal destruction” of the …

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Embracing the future of workspaces

These days, it’s no longer surprising to see employees of different firms sharing a single workspace rather than cloistered in their own office buildings or units. This trend of “coworking,” first set up in San Francisco in 2005, arose with the advent of globalization, technological advances and sharing economy, further enhancing worker mobility and flexible work arrangements. Research data show coworking players worldwide will more than double this year—from 7,800 at the start of 2016 to 16,100 at year-end. Also, an estimated 3.8 million people are expected to work in coworking spaces by 2020, four times the number today at 976,000. Riding the wave Many business startups in South East Asia now embrace this trend. U.S. real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield projects coworking spaces to comprise 15 percent of the region’s total …

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7 things you need to stop doing online

Gone are the days when you have to face hurdles just to enter the World Wide Web. Connecting to the internet is so easy these days that toddlers can tap around the Web on a tablet. Great-grandparents can get online, anywhere, without even realizing it. We can buy, sell, bank, work, and socialize online. As the internet becomes uncomplicated, it has also opened the ecosystem to dangers and malefactors. We often talk about needing to be more careful than ever, but it’s never been easier to be careless. With that in mind, here are seven things, many of which are common behaviors or easy traps people walk into every day, to STOP doing immediately. 1. Trusting open Wi-Fi Everything about an open Wi-Fi connection puts you at risk, starting with the trust you …

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Women Are Drinking as Much as Men

More men than women use and abuse alcohol, but the gender gap is narrowing. Researchers extracted data from 68 studies of alcohol consumption published worldwide from 1948 to 2014. They divided alcohol use into three broad categories: any alcohol use, problematic alcohol use, and alcohol-related harms. Then they arranged the data by age, dividing people into groups depending on when they were born. The study, in BMJ Open, found that in all three categories, the difference between men and women is greater in older cohorts. For example, men born between 1911 and 1915 were 2.4 times as likely to use alcohol as women, 2.7 times as likely to abuse it, and 3.6 times as likely to suffer alcohol-related health problems. By contrast, in the youngest group, born between 1991 and 2000, men were …

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Piñol experiences China’s great ‘firewall’

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol shared his first-hand experience of the infamous “great firewall” of China. Piñol, an active figure on Facebook, cited China’s strictly-regulated access to the internet and social networking sites for his lack of regular daily posts in Facebook in almost a week. He accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte and other cabinet members in the chief executive’s state visit to China on October 18–21. “In China, it’s not easy to open your Facebook page or your Gmail account. Access to these internet sites is regulated by government,” he said in his Facebook post Sunday, October 23. While it barred him from his daily Facebook postings about his official activities for almost a week, Piñol did not mention any significance or insignificance of China’s internet censorship. He said his upcoming posts will cover “updates …

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Discovering the past: Australian Embassy holds exhibit showcasing Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent

MANILA -- "A picture tells a thousand words", and stories, too. Living in the modern times doesn't mean people these days don't have ways to discover the past. Using photographs, for instance, makes one appreciate history, and uncover the things that made an impact on his/her life today. As part of the Indigenous People's Month, the Australian Embassy, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), mounted an exhibit this week. The exhibit showcased photos from the book, "Re-Imagining Autralia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent" by Deborah Wall, a Filipino-Australian journalist and researcher who specialized in Aboriginal studies and oral history. Launched last Oct. 18, the book recounts the story of Manila men, who are Aboriginal Australians from Western Australia who also have Filipino descent. The book costs USD25 …

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Journey to time dinosaurs ruled the earth in Britain’s newest museum

LONDON -- Britain's newest attraction, the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, has opened its doors, taking visitors to a Dorset village on a journey back in time. The attraction has been built in Kimmeridge, in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, England's only natural World Heritage Site. Spanning 153 km, the Jurassic Coast is internationally renowned for the abundance of fossils on its shores. The rocks towering above the English Channel record 185 million years of the earth's history. The new museum houses the largest collection of clay fossils from the Jurassic Coast outside London's Natural History Museum. Its collection of more than 2,000 exhibits is the result of the passion of one man, fossil collector and amateur palaeontologist Steve Etches. He has devoted more than 35 years of his life combing the famous …

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Culasi’s best practice – building of sea wall to save lives

SAN JOSE de BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The town of Culasi in the northern part of this sea-horse shaped province we call Antique has been in the map lately. Visitors and guest, both foreign and local ones, dropped by this lovely municipality comprising of 44 barangays of which three are island barangays. These islands topped them all when it comes to day visitors as well as overnight travelers. Records from the Tourism Office and was shared by Culasi’s tourism officer John-john Sumanting revealed that as of the third quarter of this year, a total of 57,697 visitors were listed in its tourist arrivals. What made Culasi, specifically with its three island barangays, stood among the other towns in Antique ? Culasi is endowed with an 18-kilometer long uninterrupted coastal lines and to most of us, …

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Philippines’ ‘separation’ from US jilts Clinton, too

WASHINGTON — When the Philippines appeared to jilt its old ally the United States in favor of China this week, it repudiated not only President Barack Obama and his “pivot” to Asia, but also Hillary Clinton, who made reaching out to the region her signature project as his secretary of state. The White House on Friday said it was troubled by the statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte during a visit to Beijing, in which he announced a “separation” of the Philippines from the United States, a treaty ally, and said it was “time to say goodbye, my friend.” More than anything, the administration appears baffled by Duterte. He is a flamboyant figure, given to volcanic outbursts. On Friday, his own trade minister tried to pull back much of what his …

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#WalangPasok: List of class/work suspensions for Oct. 21, 2016 (Friday)

Below is a list of cities and provinces with classes suspended, as well as government and private sector work cancellation on Friday, October 21, 2016 in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Lawin. The cyclone made landfall at Baguio Point in Peñablanca, Cagayan 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, PAGASA confirmed. It has left the Philippine area of responsibility 5:00 p.m. Thursday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Please bookmark this site and refresh for updates ALL LEVELS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE (Province-Wide): Apayao Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Isabela (including Ilagan) Nueva Ecija Zambales ALL LEVELS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE (Individual Towns and Cities): Aguilar, Pangasinan Alcala, Pangasinan Bani, Pangasinan Bautista, Pangasinan Bugallon, Pangasinan Dagupan City Malasiqui, Pangasinan Mangaldan, Pangasinan Mangatarem, Pangasinan Masantol, Pampanga Rosales, Pangasinan San Fabian, Pangasinan Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan PRESCHOOL TO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE: Bayambang, Pangasinan Calasiao, Pangasinan La Trinidad, Benguet Urbiztondo, Pangasinan PRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN, PUBLIC: Baguio City PRESCHOOL: Villasis, Pangasinan GOVERNMENT OFFICES (except frontline services): Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur    

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