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Friday, September 28, 2007

‘Burma Crackdown’: 9 confirmed dead

September 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Reports continue to show increased violence in Burma/Myanmar. The center of reports are coming from Yangoon/Rangoon which has so far seen nine confirmed dead with more reports coming from sources elsewhere of increasing violence and escalation in death toll.

At least one foreign journalist has been killed deliberately targeted by troops who have been trying to find anyone with a camera or device to record the events taking place on the streets of Rangoon.

[] Eight protesters and a Japanese journalist were killed during protests at several locations in Yangon.Demonstrations have continued throughout the afternoon, Thursday, there is a noticeable increase in military forces and barricades around key locations.[]

The picture on the streets is not pretty, aid agency workers there to help the Burmese people are also reportedly being advised to leave Burma for fear of reprisals from gangs of thugs who have been let loose in a bid to stem protests. most visible are military efforts to get anyone trying to voice their dissatisfaction with the Government in Burma/Myanmaar.

[] Troops continue to surround monasteries and detain monks suspected of involvement in protest activity.The heavy-handed military action has provoked an angry public reaction, which is likely to build-up over next few days. []

Much like yesterday the reports show decline in actual people in the streets but overall there seems to be more open vocal resentment given in many places to tourists, visitors, and international agency workers in the region.

[] Most estimate the number of protesters in the range of 10,000 with more smaller groups being blocked from forming through arrest and intimidation. []

Religious and Aid organizations say there is little attempt by the Military to hide their actions.

No group of people are safe in areas of protest from reprisal and even the few tourists remaining,

There have been eyewitness and first hand accounts in many areas also of people being openly targeted thier belongings searched and any cameras seized.

[].. Military units are targeting and harassing westerners seen near areas of protests. Even diplomatic staff of international agencies. There is a large number of what seem to be ‘battle hardened’ troops in areas not traditionally where these units are deployed. ..[]

For the third day in a row the ‘hot spots’ in Yangoon/Rangoon are:

1. Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas

2. Main roads connecting these two locations

3. checkpoints

4. Mandalay


1. Military using cs gas (teargas) and fired warning shots to disperse protesters. At same time sending in thugs to beat or harass those fleeing teargas.

2. Over 100 monks were reportedly arrested in protest areas or nearby Thursday.

3. During two separate incidents, soldiers reportedly fired automatic weapons into crowds.

4. Military threatening protesters with “extreme action” given a failure to disperse.



Saturday, December 09, 2006

Typhoon Seniang (Utor): Severe Weather Bulletin 10:45am (+8gmt)

December 10th, 2006

Forcast: As of 10:45 am Manila time +8 GMT


Severe Weather Bulletin Number TWELVE
Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon “SENIANG” {UTOR}
Issued at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, 10 December 2006

Image: http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/track.gif

Effect: Maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center
and gustiness of up to to 150 kph

Direction: west northwest at 17 kph

Early tonight:
to pass close to Coron, Palawan
Monday morning:
250 kms northwest of Coron, Palawan
Tuesday morning:
over the South China Sea

Signal No.3 (100-185 kph winds)

Southern Occidental Mindoro, Southern Oriental Mindoro, Calamian Group of Islands

Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds)

Rest of Mindoro, Lubang Island, Romblon, Aklan, Antique, Cuyo Island

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds)

Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz, Northern Palawan, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Burias Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Marinduque, Batangas, Southernn Quezon, Laguna, Cavite, Bataan, Metro Manila

Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Residents in areas under Public Storm Warning Signals # 3, # 2 and # 1 are alerted against flashfloods and landslides. Those residing in coastal areas under Public Storm Warning Signal # 3 are advised to seek higher grounds due to possible storm surges or big waves. The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 p.m. today.

source: http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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    FYI News Features

    July 4th, 2006

    From 1946 to the mid-60's, the 4th of July was the day that Filipinos celebrated Independence Day, but for the past 40 years, it has been downplayed to a mere Fil-Am, Friendship Day. But for the American community here, this day marks the two countries' shared values and vision, remembered as intensely as when they fought their common enemies side-by-side. Michael Cohen

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    Lifestyle Feature

    June 6th, 2006

    Name a favourite spot in the nation’s capital and Baywalk would surely top the list nowadays. This, after the Manila City government did a total make-over of what was once a dimly-lit bicycle lane frequented by shady characters, transforming it into a vibrant park that appeals to people from all walks of life. —Ron Jalmasco

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    News Feature

    June 1st, 2006

    Around 3,000 Filipinos leave the country every day to work abroad. While government acknowledges that Overseas Filipino Workers are the prime movers of the economy, it is alarmed by the inevitability of a brain drain here at home. —Ces Vitan

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    News Feature

    June 1st, 2006 Impassioned speeches and slogans filled the streets of Metro Manila and other Philippine cities on Labor Day, as thousands of the country's work force expressed their frustration over low wages and rising prices of commodities, oil and utility services. —Doris Bigornia.
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    Environment Feature

    May 29th, 2006 It is nice to watch children build their dreams, albeit on sand castles, but to see those dreams fall apart along the banks of a dying river negates the essence of both childlike faith… and dreams. —Ces Vitan
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    FYI Health Feature

    May 24th, 2006 It need not be a fad to be fit. With stress and unhealthy lifestyles, it still pays to be conscious about one's health and well-being.
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    News Feature

    May 18th, 2006 Overseas Filipino Workers are often extolled as heroes, but with every cent they remit back home comes an even bigger sacrifice. Save from enduring the difficulties of working away from home, they face the risk of drifting farther from the family they work hard for. –Ces Vitan
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    FYI Environment Feature

    May 15th, 2006 He could have made it as a bigtime businessman, but Toto Malvar chose to follow God's lead... to go live with His people, nurture them, as they learn to nurture their environment. --By Ron Jalmasco
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    News Feature

    May 14th, 2006

    A not-so-uncommon sight during rallies is the big number of children and teens participating—perhaps too young to understand the cause that they, or their elders, are marching for. —Erika Guarino

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Newsday uneditied

Friday, June 09, 2006

Pinoy Podcasts … tons of funs… to tune in

The world of Podcasts coming to pinoy audiances is growing. gruops like PCIJ have been putting out podcasts for a couple of years. The latest one is a farewell to summer from the summer capital.

[] … Farewell to summer: A special podcast from Baguio City

PCIJ Podcasts HIS past summer, many Filipinos flocked to Baguio City in the north to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands. Although summer is gone, they remember Baguio with fondness. Baguio has a special place in the Filipino’s heart. It is the beloved summer capital, the alluring City of Pines, the place that holds many childhood memories….[] PCIJ.org

ABS-CBNNews.com has wealth of pod-able stuff on its website and as well on ABS-CBN Now its downloadble pod-able virtaul download areana which is a paid service.

Myself am still working my podcasts. I put up a podblog area for now- while work on my techie skills- but since my best medium has always been the visual. I really plan to have a video podcast soon… hopefully it will work to be a something that will free me from the world of news blues the industry I'm in is in.

Overseas in Hong Kong for example - a recent podcast I heard was on maids plights on the site of the Suoth China Morning post.


But there is little yet in the way of freelance pod networks for freelance podders - most content is porduced in house. SO podding for pera- is still far off- not only here but abroad as well.

One way to raise hits on podcasts though is to link up your pod with broadcasters. www.mabuhayradio.net is home to Dean Bernardo and my little dabble in news and info overseas.

rchive Shows:

SUN - Lab Songs Lang
MON - Mabuhay Music Hour
TUES - Mabuhay Music Hour
WED - Mabuhay Music Hour
THUR - Magandang Gabi Po
FRI - Kommunity Korner
SAT - Perlas ng Silanganan

We do a portion of a show a newscast called - pilipinas direct is the name of the daily ten minute news pod we do. check it outsome time. Its more of a free to air and free to pod newscast. hopefully its something that will grow.

June 9th, 2006 Posted by mikeinmanila | Uncategorized, news, News and politics, sex, News Of China, asia, war on terror, Views, war, philippines, Filipino, Rants, Raves, Whathaveyou..., freedom of speech, Pinoy, protests, free speech, OFW, fil-am, filipino-american

Sunday, June 04, 2006

UN scandal: UN orders staff not to cooperate with Dili massacre investigation

A Filipino police officer who is still in critical condition in a hospital and along with twenty others injured cannot count on the UN for assistance in the investigation trying to catch the murderers who massacred Police officers in Dili.

Even to though the Massacare is the key element that is believed to have led to riots and anarchy in Dil; a massive cover up is underway with memrandum issued to UN staff who witnessed and saw and even in some cases took pictures of the six men who in cold blood killed a half dozen. Reports from both East Timor and Australia have revealed.

[] … "A letter from the UN's deputy representative in Timor, Pakistani General Anis Bajwa, had been circulated to all staff, including employees evacuated to Australia, directing them not to assist AFP detectives investigating the worst atrocity since the violence of 1999". …[] The Age reports
Based on the reports a Pakistani UN Police commander actions led the injuries and put his men in the line of fire - and right into the murderous bands hands.

The sudden order to all UN staff in east timor has raised the spectare that the Pakistanti Police chief actions and failure to comprehend what the armed bands would do even if he was warned led the deahs of those unarmed police.

[]… "He was told by all his advisers not to take them out there, but he would not listen," sources close to the investigation said. "He kept insisting the presence of the UN could protect them." …[] The Age

Witness reports say he even ordered the Pinoy peacekeepers to be 'disarmed' - something reportedly they refussed to do - perhaps the only reason they got out alive. and managed to get the injured out. Noiw come the deputy cheif of Pakaistani orgin and also a military man ordering staff not cooperate with the investigation being conducted by Australian Federal Police in the area at East Timors request to do an impartial investigation.
[]… UN order fuels cover-up claim
NEWS.com.au, Australia -
100m from their headquarters when two soldiers opened fire, killing 12 officers and wounding at least 20, including UN police protectors from the Philippines. …[]

June 4th, 2006 Posted by mikeinmanila | Uncategorized, news, News and politics, asia, war on terror, Views, war, philippines, Democrats, Filipino, Rants, Raves, Whathaveyou..., Pinoy, protests, East Timor,

Monday, May 29, 2006

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if you like it use it just credit mike in manila.

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