Sabado, Setyembre 20, 2014


THANK GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY, BLESS US ALL THE WAY !!! PAG-USAPAN NATIN - JUVY DE GUZMAN All about.... MERS coronavirus.....beware !!! Lord, thank you so much for having a great sleep today. I was able to sleep enough, to regain power due to my heavy load.

The Speakers are Dr. Lyndon Lee Uy - Head of DOH Committee for emerging Infections, Dr. Mario Panaligan - PCP Board of Regent, Business Manager and PSMID Board of Council..... This issue is very alarming, since there's no medicine yet for this kind of sick
I am so thankful for any information I got from PCP - Philippine College of Physicians and PSMID - Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Health Forum in Annabel's Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, regarding MERS coronavirus.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) MERS-CoV particles is a negative stain electron microscopy. Virions contain characteristic club-like projections emanating from the viral membrane. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died. So far, all the cases have been linked to six countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.
No cases have been identified in the U.S. This virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact. However, the virus has not shown to spread in a sustained way in communities. The situation is still evolving.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a respiratory disease of humans. MERS CoV had not been seen in humans before September 2012. Since then sporadic outbreaks of MERS CoV with human cases have been detected in 9 countries. 
According to a recent WHO report, from September 2012 to November 2013, a total of 153 cases recorded..
CDC, is working with partners to better understand the risks of this virus, including the source, how it spreads, and how infections might be prevented. CDC has provided information for travelers and is working with health departments, hospitals, and other partners to prepare for possible cases in the United States. Countries With Lab-Confirmed MERS Cases April 2012 - Present France Italy Jordan Kuwait Malaysia Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia Tunisia United Kingdom (UK) United Arab Emirates (UAE) For information about cases and deaths by country, visit World Health Organization (WHO)External Web Site Icon For your's some information to satisfy your needs..... Questions and Answers......... Updated last November 2013 MERS coronavirus (CoV) What is MERS CoV? MERS CoV is a particular strain of coronavirus which is thought to cause
Mboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV have been reported, including 64 deaths. What are coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are species of RNA (ribonucleic acid) viruses. They are called coronaviruses because under an electron microscope the virus appears to have a characteristic crown or halo around it. There are many species and strains of coronavirus which have different characteristics, causing a range of signs - from mild to severe disease – in humans and in different animal species. Several different species of coronavirus infect both animals and humans. What is the source of MERS CoV? OIE together with its partner organizations the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and national animal health authorities of affected countries is closely following investigations into a possible animal source of MERS CoV. The current epidemiological investigation includes researching potential sources of exposure to the virus which are numerous and include other humans, the environment, food and water, as well as animals. Detailed information collected from relatives and other persons in contact with people infected with MERS CoV can help to provide important clues about the source of their infection. To date, no formal proof has been highlighted on a potential animal origin. Exposure sources and modes of transmission also remain to be clarified. Can animals become infected with MERS CoV? Although experimental infection of animal cultured cells and recently monkeys with MERS CoV has been possible, to date the MERS CoV has not been naturally detected in animals. Are animals responsible for MERS CoV infections in people? To date there is no evidence that people have become infected through contact with animals. However there is also a possibility that MERS CoV may have evolved from other coronaviruses that have been circulating in certain animals. Additional public health investigations are needed to establish the source of exposure for human infections with MERS CoV when the source has not been identified as another human. So far, three patterns of infection have been reported by WHO: -community acquired cases (the exposure sources remains unknown and might include an animal, food or -environmental source) -hospital acquired infections -infection acquired through close human to human contact (household). Did MERS CoV come from bats? Although a relative to this virus had already been detected in bat species, and a fragment of viral genetic material matching the MERS CoV was recently found in one bat from Saudi Arabia, more evidence is needed to directly link the MERS CoV to bats or any other animal species. What about the suspicion that camels play a role in MERS? Currently there is no strong evidence to consider that camels are a source of infection for human cases of MERS. Based on available epidemiological data it is difficult to explain the relationship between positive serological results in camels and cases of human infections with MERS CoV. Indeed, to date, there is no potential similarity between the strain of MERS CoV isolated in humans and the suspicions shown in camels. It is important to remain open minded about all potential sources of exposure for human cases until more information is available. What about serological tests in animals? Serology tests aim to detect antibodies produced by the animal against the virus, and not to search for the presence of the virus itself. Often it is difficult and sometimes impossible to distinguish antibodies to different viruses having genetic or antigenic similarities, due to what is known as serological ‘cross reactivity’. Serology tests for MERS CoV have not yet been validated in animals and may not be reliable. If these tests, which may not be sufficiently specific, are used in animals there is a risk that ‘false positive’ results will occur because it may not be possible to differentiate antibodies to MERS CoV from antibodies to other coronaviruses, commonly found in animals. That is why tests in animals should focus on isolating and identifying the virus itself. What would happen if MERS CoV is identified in animals? If information from public health investigations identifies a possible animal source, OIE will support further joint investigations. OIE Member Countries would be obliged to report a confirmed case of MERS CoV in animals to OIE, as an emerging disease’ in accordance with article 1.1.3 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. If MERS CoV was identified in an animal this would not necessarily mean that the animal is a source of human infection. Detailed investigations would then be needed to understand the relationship between any animal cases and human cases, and whether a finding in animals would be significant for human infection. What is OIE doing? OIE is working closely with the WHO to support investigations into a possible animal source: an OIE expert participated in a WHO mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in June 2013 to investigate the source of MERS CoV. OIE also has a global informal network of experts on coronaviruses in animals who are closely monitoring the situation. OIE develops and publishes international standards and guidelines on the prevention and control of animal diseases including zoonoses (animal diseases transmissible to humans). These science-based standards provide guidance on the best control measures which should be applied, where appropriate, to allow control of infection in the identified animal source. The OIE is the reference organisation for international standards relating to animal health and zoonoses under the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS Agreement). Decisions related to safe trade in terrestrial animals and animal products must respect the standards, recommendations and guidelines found in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Although a relative to this virus had already been detected in bat species, and a fragment of viral genetic material matching the MERS CoV was recently found in one bat from Saudi Arabia, more evidence is needed to directly link the MERS CoV to bats or any other animal species. It help for all us to prepare and be aware for early detection. — with Cheryl Obbus Zafra and 2 others.
THANKS GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY, BLESS US ALL THE WAY !!! PAG-USAPAN NATIN - JUVY DE GUZMAN SOFITEL HOTEL OFFICIALS SUBPOENAED FOR VIOLATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS LAW Two high ranking officials of five - star Sofitel Luxury Hotels (Sofitel) located at the PICC Complex, Pasay City were subpoenaed by the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office to answer charges of allegedly violating of the Senior Citizens law of the Philippines. In the subpoena issued by the Pasay City Assistant Prosecutor, Juliet Susan Garcia on May 22, 2014. Adam Laker and Mattheieu Chapuis, General Manager and Assistant Manager of Sofitel were "required to appear before (her) Office on June 9 and 16 at 2:00pm then and there to testify under oath or answer clarificatory questions at the preliminary investigation to be conducted" in connection with the criminal complaint filed by election lawyer Romulo Macalintal for their alleged violation of the Senio Citizens Law or RA 9994. In his complaint, Macalintal said that he is a member of Sofitel Accor Advantage (Accor) where members, for a fee of P8,800.00 a year, are entitled to certain discounts and privileges like 50% discount on the cost of food od drinks consumed. The terms and connditions of the Accor state among others that "Nothing in These Terms excludes, limits, modifies or restricts any right or remedy, or any guarantee, warranty or other term or condition implied or imposed by any legislation which cannot lawfully be excluded or limited." On February 8, 2014 he and a friend dined at the Sofitel Le Bar Restaurant. While Sofitel gave him a 50% discount under his Accor membership, it did not apply his 20% Senior Citizens discount. Macalintal demanded for his 20% discount as a senior citizen as provided under Section 4 of RA 9994 but Sofitel management arbitrarily denied him of this discount on the ground that it was already "included" in the 50% discount under the Accor program. Macalintal told Sofitel that the 50% discount is my entitlement by virtue of my contract with Accor while the 20% is my ddiscount by virtue of RA 99994 or my being a senior citizen." Macalintal added that "if my 20% senior discount is already considered in the 50% Accor discount, then it is very clear that I was given only 30% by Accor and that Sofitel is the one enjoying my 20% discount as a senior citizen." "In other words, to say that the 50% discount under the Accor already includes my 20% discount as a senior citizen is a clear sign that I am being shortchanged of my 50% benefit as an Accor member because, with the use of my 20% senior citizen discount, only 30% is given to me by the Accor which is clearly less than the correct 50% discount under our contract. More so, as stated above, our terms and conditions with Accor do not limit or restrict the benefits I am entitled in a particular legislation. Furthermore, a non-senior member of Accor has advantage over a senior-Accor member because while both enjoy 50% discount, the latter is deprived of his 20% discount provided for by law for senior citizens", Macalintal said. Macalintal said that Adam and Chapuis are charged in their capacities as officials of the Sofitel because under the Senior Citizens Law, if the offender is a corporation, the officials directly involved or in charge of management shall be liable. The law also provides for a penalty of two years to six years imprisonment and a fine of P50,000. to P 100,000 to violators of the right of a senior citizen. Macalintal, 67 years old, had been instrumental in raising the awareness of the senior citizens of their right to use any government issued identification cards, like driver's license, voter's ID, SSS,GSIS, Pagibig, and the like, in the absence of the regular senior citizens cards issued by the Office of the Senior Ciitizens Affairs. "This case against Sofitel may serve as precedent because there are other hotels with similar cases and other establishments denying senior citizens their rights by claiming that their prices are already on "promo" or on sales promotion. This "promo" thing has been abused by certain establishments in denying and refusing to grant discounts to senior citizens on the pretext that they are on "promo". The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should look into this problem and should remind these establishments that unless their "promo" is approved by the DTI, the price of their commoditiesshall be considered as regular prices which should be the basis of the discounts for senior citizens" said Macalintal.. Sa aking pananaw, ang kasong isinampa ni Atty. Romulo Macalintal, ay malaking tulong para sa mga Senior Citizen, na higit na maunawaan nilang lahat ang kanilang karapatan na dapat ay kanilang tinatamasa ng tama at sapat. Tunay na marami sa atin, ang di lubos na nakakaunawa ng batas. Batas na minsan ay tunay na di naipapatupad, dahil na rin sa kawalan ng iba ng panahon o pera upang ito ay ipaglaban. Alalahanain nating lahat na tayo ay tatanda rin ay kailangan na alam natin ang mga bagay na para sa atin. Maraming panghihinayang para sa akin ang pagkamatay ng aking butihin Lola Fidela, na sa palagay ko ay di niya na-enjoy ang mga benepisyo ng Senior Citizen. Sa panahon ngayon, bigyan natin ng pansin ang kanilang kalagayan, na minsan na nagpasaya at nagmahal sa atin.noong sila ay malakas pa at may hanapbuhay pa. Tunay na nakaka-panghinayang ang di pagpapahalaga ng ilan sa kanilang mga Senior Citizen na kapamilya. Lalo na sa mga kaanak nila, na sa tingin nila ay wala ng pakinabang sa kanila. Nagdurugo ang aking puso, kapag ako ay nakakasagap ng ganitong klase ng kuwento, lalo na 'pag napasyal ako sa DSWD-Home for the Aged..... Nawa'y di ako umabot sa ganitong punto. hahahaha.....joke joke....hala, sige mga kapatid, salamat po sa inyong panahon, na mabasa ito......AMEN..
PAG-USAPAN NATIN - JUVY DE GUZMAN Thanks GOD for another day, BLESS us all the way !!! Mga KOLORUM, nangangamba, sa laki ng penalty....! Kahapon, June 19, 2014, ipinatupad na ang panghuhuli sa mga pampublikong sasakyan na bumiyahe sa Metro Manila. Marami ang nagalit sa side ng mga Driver at Transport sector sa bagong patakaran ng LTFRB-LTO, sa sobrang laki ng penalty, ay aakalain mong. tila imposible ang ganitong klase ng patakaran ......At dahil dito, maraming mga mananakay ang naperhuwisyo, dahil sa di pagbiyahe ng ilag mga pampublikong sasakyan. Mula umaga, hanggang gabi ay napakaluwag ng kalsada...... Napaisip tuloy ako, at nag-aalala, na tila, marami ang KOLORUM na pampublikong sasakyan. Kasi, kung wala ka namang violation, ano ba ang dapat pangambahan ng iba, na apektado daw? Nakakalungkot naman, at tila nakisama na rin ang ga lihitimong mga pampublikong sasakyan, na dapat sana ang bumubiyahe as early as possible. Well di ko rin inaasahan ang ganitong pangyayari, na kung saan, napakarami na nating problema sa bansa, na alam naman nating lahat, na tila, magpahanggang sa ngayon ay wala paring solusyon. Kaliwa't kanan ang nakahambalang na alalahanin sa ating Pangulo, at ang pinakamalaki sa lahat, ay ang KORAPSIYON, na tila mahirap putulin, para sa mga taong nakasanayan na nila ang ganitong klase ng kalakaran. LORD, paki turo po ninyo ang tamang daan sa lahat, para sa tuluyang pagbabago. We need a REFORMPH, na naalala ko sa kampo ni Bro. GRECO BELGICA. Napakaming batas na magaganda, ngunit di naipapatupad ng tama. Mga batas, na dapat maamiyendahan na. Mga LEADER, na dapat sanang magpatupag, ngunit sila pa ang tila sumisira nito. Sa mga gaya naming KABABAIHAN, tila wala na kaming tagapagtanggol na dapat sana nasa aming tabi, all the time. Tagapagtanggol, na di naman kami mapapahamak.....Saan na ba tayo lalagay? Ano na po ba ang nangyayari sa bansa? Nag-aalala lang po ako, kasi tila marami na ang nagpapalala sa problema ng bayan. Kung di tayo magtutulungan, paano makakaahon sa problema ang bansa. Kahit na sinong agaling na Pangulo ng Pilipinas ang ilagay natin, tila wala ng pangil ang lahat......???? Sa tingin ko lang po. Kasi naman, wala ng naniniwala sa pagbabago na mangyayari sa bansa. Sa darating na bagyo na sunud-sunod, saan na tayo lalagay ngayon? Saan man ako dumako, marami ang mga hukay, na tila nagmamadali rin na makatulong sana, pero marami sa ating mga kababayaan na tila, di rin nila alintana ang kanilang gawaing mali. Ang magtapon ng basura, saan man nila nais. Hay, nakupo, kulang ang espasyong ito para, dinggin ang lahat ng mga hinaing ng ating mga kababayan. LORD HAVE MERCY !!!
PAG-USAPAN NATIN-JUVY DE GUZMAN Three days ago, fortunately I was invited by Ms. Susan Amoroso to join her after attending the Liga ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas in Hotel Rembrandt. I thought, it was just a meeting but fortunately, it was a Philippine Science Journalists Association, Inc.General Assembly and Congress held in Bacolod Chicken Inasal Restaurant in Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City last September 17, 2014..... Luckily, we're able to catch up Mr. Tony Lambino-Head of Communication of DOST. But there's a good news, that the DOST opens Junior Level Science Scholarship for high school science teaching....Based on their newsletter, The DOST - SEI - The Department of Science and Technology - Science Technology Institute is now accepting applications for the said scholarship to enable graduates of the program to teach in secondary schools after graduation, as stipulated in the newly-passed law. Dr, Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, said the program seeks to address the shortage of of quality Teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subject in secondary schools. Those who will qualify will be awarded tuition and other school fees amounting P. 10,000.00 per semester or P 8,000.00 per trimestral term; book allowance, monthly stipend, clothing allowance, transportation allowance and health insurance. Application forms are downloadable through and or may be obtained at SEI or at the nearest DOST regional offices/provincial science and technology centers. Accomplished forms may as well be filed through the said offices. September 30, 2014 is the deadline for filing applications. October 18, 2014 is the JLSS Scholarship Examination to administered. Please PASS to all concern. Its a great opportunity to all STUDENT concerned. Let the GOOD NEWS spread around the Native land. ###

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