Archive for August, 2008

Mindanao

I received a call from my mom last Monday, August 18 early morning. “Kolambogan was attacked!”, and finally my mom woke me up. For the past days, the whole nation have seen how forces of Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked the

Children displaced from their own homes. The painting depicst the vinta, a Muslim boat.

Children displaced from their own homes. The painting depicts the vinta, a Muslim boat.

town of Cotabato, and there was no news of possible attack in other places of Mindanao especially Lanao. These attacks are connected with the Muslim group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who wants to control and regain Mindanao from the Philippine government.

Islam and Christianity

Philippines has been referred as the first Christian nation in Asia; brought by the Spaniards who colonized the country for more than 300 years. For hundreds of years, Spanish influences were adopted by the Filipino natives in their own culture from food to language. Every student in Philippines would tell you that Catholicism is the best gift that the Spanish colonizers gave.

However, not all Filipinos are Catholic or Christians, majority of non-Christian Filipinos are Muslims. And most Filipino Muslims reside in Mindanao. Islam was introduced to the country long before Ferdinand Magellan sat foot on the islands, and early Filipinos were Muslims. The reason why most Muslims are in Mindanao is that, the Spaniards were not able to colonized the area.

Mindanao, unlike other places in the Philippines is a big chunk of land mass; while most parts of the Philippines are islands. Hence, it was very hard for the colonizers to have full control of Mindanao so they let the Muslims alone. For years, Muslims live and controlled the whole area of Mindanao, not until the early 50s.

The Coming of the Christians

After the Second World War, when the rest of the country was in turmoil and devastation was opened for Christians to migrate. Referred as the “Land of Promise”, Mindanao was the perfect place to start their lives all over again. Christians from provinces of Bohol, Capiz and Ilocos for example were given hopes to improve themselves. My mother’s family moves to Lanao from Bohol right after the war and their lives greatly improved owning vast lands and other properties.

Christians, started to purchase lands from Muslim who sold their properties for a very small price. It is not a surprise to see many Christian families having a large piece of land where they planted crops like coconut and rice. But peace didn’t reside, shortly after Christians and Muslims were fighting at each other.

Conflict in Mindanao

Muslims are concerned by the fact that Christians became well-off but their own people became poor or poorer. The Christians began to control the agriculture and other industries s well as the politics of Mindanao, Muslims are now aware of the inequality between them and the Christians.

Conflict started with land grabbing between to camps, stealing of crops and many others. Cases of Muslims raiding each houses for money and other cruelty surfaced. Soon, Christian civilians formed groups to deal with the Muslims with the most notorious group, “Ilaga’ which means ,”Rat”. This group and other underground anti-Muslim groups in the Philippines vow to stop the Muslim cruelties in Mindanao with some resorted to ethnic cleansing. This is one of the reason why some provinces in Mindanao are “Christianized” while the others are Muslims. Take Lanao as an example, it is divided into Norte (North) and Sur (South); majority of the residents of Lanao del Norte are Christians while Sur are Muslims.

Muslim Sentiment

It’s unfair for the Muslims to be blamed for all the terror in Mindanao. They themselves are victims and most of them try to live a harmonious lives with the Christians. Muslims who want to avoid the conflict in Mindanao even moved to other parts in the Philippines like Cebu and Manila, and went into trading to support their families. Whenever news of Muslim and Christian encounter would surface, Muslims would feel anxious that they will be put into blame. Muslim civilians even help Christians by informing them of some news of future attacks from Muslim rebels.

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Clubbing in Ibiza

What’s the best way to spend cheap holidays Ibiza? The answer would definitely be clubbing and have a nightlife like no other. Ibiza is known all throughout the world as the party capital with its capital the town of Eivissa and San Antonio to name a few. Cheap holidays Ibiza will put clubbing and partying the first on the “things to do” especially for the young travelers.

Ibiza has been visited with famous celebrities just to experience what Ibiza can offer to its guest looking for some fun. Though Ibiza is notorious for just an island for sex and alcohol and the “Gomorrah of the Mediterranean; no one can deny the fact that it is the best place to have a party. For three decades, Ibiza still stood by its name as the party capital of the world with its clubs, DJs, music, drink and most of all, the hedonistic and wild crowd.

The most famous club in Ibiza is Privilege, hailed as the world’s biggest club complete with indoor garden and pool inside the vicinity. Because of its music and popularity, it is jam-packed with partygoers each night. Privilege has been closely associated with Ibiza that they say, if you didn’t party in Privilege is like you didn’t go to Ibiza at all! There are other world renowned clubs like Pacha, the first club in the island, Es Paradis for water and foam parties, Eden, Space and many more.

Clubbing in Ibiza as part of cheap holidays in the island means you have to change your clock, you wake up at noon or mid afternoon and start partying early at night until the sun rises the next day. Because of its bad image for rowdy and absolutely no inhibitions from partygoers, the government wants to pass a regulation that will close the clubs and bars at 6am. But whatever it is, there is nothing wrong to seek some fun in Ibiza’s wildest nightclubs.

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“Fashion Industry Now Caters To Plus Size Women”

Plus size women were often discriminated by the fashion world. Trendy and upscale boutiques display clothes that excludes plus sizes. The clothes in this boutiques end in size 8 and plus sizes starts at size 12. Can you imagine the number of women deprived of these trendy clothes? Its no wonder that one of the many complaints of plus size women is that they don’t have something to wear.

Now, you can see many stores that offer plus size clothing for women. These stores have larger and more spacious dressing room for those plus size women to try on any plus size clothing. These stores for plus size clothing can be divided into two – stores that offers all dress sizes in all their displays and stores that exclusively sells women’s plus size clothing.

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Asbestos Survey

UK government urges dwellers and owners of commercial and residential buildings to have their properties undergo asbestos survey. The main reason for this is safety especially for its occupants. What do these surveys do? Why do we need to have asbestos survey for our property?

Asbestos survey under UK laws is mandatory for commercial spaces and they are heavily regulated. Survey findings can even lead to a building’s demolition if asbestos content found poses imminent danger. But this doesn’t mean that you will exclude your home from this very useful inspection. There are three main benefits for having asbestos survey in your house. Asbestos surveys can identify, locate and extract samples of asbestos in your house for verification and classification.

Asbestos is a fibrous material and airborne some are microscopic and too small to be visible to the naked eye. With its unique characteristics such as heat, chemical and electrical resistance, it was very well-liked by many construction manufacturers. You may have read how hazardous asbestos is for our health which led to its prohibition as a building material. In the 70s, asbestos was strictly prohibited in construction and led to the campaign of identifying and removing asbestos in houses and buildings.

The sad thing is that asbestos is not easy to identify visibly especially for a layperson like you. It takes a trained professional to identify if a material is made of or contains asbestos; you cannot afford to make silly guesses when it comes to your family’s health. Asbestos was widely used in almost all parts of the house from roof shingles, wall, flooring and even pipe insulation. Generally speaking, you don’t know what part of your house is not made or at least mixed with asbestos! Asbestos survey can detect all materials in your house that contain asbestos especially those that needs to be removed immediately.

Likewise, they can locate possible locations for asbestos like your basement or attics. Inspectors know the places to look for where asbestos is commonly used. But most of all, they know how to properly get and extract samples for verification. Remember, sampling should be handled by trained professionals. Some survey companies are affiliated with laboratories can perform further examination in the said material.

Companies engage in asbestos surveys hire and train individuals regarding asbestos, they have the proper tools and protective gadgets in identifying asbestos in your house. They implement a scientific, systematic and thorough examination of your property, at the end of their asbestos survey, they provide a comprehensive report. There are some asbestos survey companies that include a printed asbestos survey with a CD.

There are many companies that conduct asbestos surveys for your property within your locality. Look for credible and experienced asbestos survey companies. To end up, asbestos survey gives any homeowner the assurance of a healthier home.

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Temporary Means of Protecting Your Family: Asbestos Encapsulation

Contrary to common beliefs, asbestos removal is not the immediate and sole solution to asbestos. Asbestos is a very useful material, it is rare mineral that can withstand and resist heat, electricity, audio and chemical change. The main purpose of asbestos in buildings and homes is to make it fire and sound proof. It is also a very strong and durable material, several asbestos removal contractors have encountered intact and undamaged asbestos in houses and buildings that date back from 1900s! Asbestos is also considered as a silent killer among many people, exposure to fibres can cause ill diseases like cancer and the number of cases is still increasing.

As long as the asbestos material is in god condition, then asbestos fibres cannot released in the atmosphere. Thus, in return poses no harm to inhabitants or occupiers of a certain house or building. It is in this premise that the idea if asbestos encapsulation was born as a temporary protection against asbestos.

What is asbestos encapsulation?

Asbestos encapsulation is the process of enclosing something completely or around an asbestos material to suppress the release of asbestos fibres. To reduce and prevent asbestos fibre release, sealant or coatings are applied over the asbestos containing material. There are specially made paint that can seal off asbestos and asbestos insulation pipes are covered with plaster cast or somewhat like an aluminum foil.

The other parts of the house that can undergo asbestos encapsulation are roof, walls, pipes and floors. Many homeowners and homebuilders agree that is the best alternative to asbestos removal, it is cheaper and the procedure is not complex compared to asbestos removal. There are many companies just like in asbestos surveys and asbestos removal that offers asbestos encapsulation. Find them through your local classified ads or online and discuss your asbestos situation thoroughly.

It should be stressed that asbestos encapsulation is only a temporary solution and not fit for all asbestos condition. Thus, before deciding on asbestos encapsulation, make sure that your asbestos is still in good condition if not, then asbestos removal is the best option. Likewise, the asbestos material should not show any sign of future damage or of wearing out. As mentioned, the material should be intact and undamaged.

Meticulous inspection and assessment should be done before starting any asbestos encapsulation of your property because the process can do harm than good. The procedure may disturb or break, fracture or create cracks if the material is not as strong and durable; thus exposing asbestos fibre into the air.

Likewise, sealants and coating undergo regular inspection after asbestos encapsulation since in the long run; they will also deteriorate and may no longer lock the fibres. In closing, if your asbestos is still very intact and you don’t feel like removing your asbestos permanently, then, an asbestos encapsulation is for you.

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Asbestos Survey

UK government urges dwellers and owners of commercial and residential buildings to have their properties undergo asbestos survey. The main reason for this is safety especially for its occupants. What do these surveys do? Why do we need to have asbestos survey for our property?

Asbestos survey under UK laws is mandatory for commercial spaces and they are heavily regulated. Survey findings can even lead to a building’s demolition if asbestos content found poses imminent danger. But this doesn’t mean that you will exclude your home from this very useful inspection. There are three main benefits for having asbestos survey in your house. Asbestos surveys can identify, locate and extract samples of asbestos in your house for verification and classification.

Asbestos is a fibrous material and airborne some are microscopic and too small to be visible to the naked eye. With its unique characteristics such as heat, chemical and electrical resistance, it was very well-liked by many construction manufacturers. You may have read how hazardous asbestos is for our health which led to its prohibition as a building material. In the 70s, asbestos was strictly prohibited in construction and led to the campaign of identifying and removing asbestos in houses and buildings.

The sad thing is that asbestos is not easy to identify visibly especially for a layperson like you. It takes a trained professional to identify if a material is made of or contains asbestos; you cannot afford to make silly guesses when it comes to your family’s health. Asbestos was widely used in almost all parts of the house from roof shingles, wall, flooring and even pipe insulation. Generally speaking, you don’t know what part of your house is not made or at least mixed with asbestos! Asbestos survey can detect all materials in your house that contain asbestos especially those that needs to be removed immediately.

Likewise, they can locate possible locations for asbestos like your basement or attics. Inspectors know the places to look for where asbestos is commonly used. But most of all, they know how to properly get and extract samples for verification. Remember, sampling should be handled by trained professionals. Some survey companies are affiliated with laboratories can perform further examination in the said material.

Companies engage in asbestos surveys hire and train individuals regarding asbestos, they have the proper tools and protective gadgets in identifying asbestos in your house. They implement a scientific, systematic and thorough examination of your property, at the end of their asbestos survey, they provide a comprehensive report. There are some asbestos survey companies that include a printed asbestos survey with a CD.

There are many companies that conduct asbestos surveys for your property within your locality. Look for credible and experienced asbestos survey companies. To end up, asbestos survey gives any homeowner the assurance of a healthier home.

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“The Importance of Having Your Own Asbestos Test Kit”

More and more people are cautious, vigilant and concern about the ill effects of asbestos exposure to one’s health. There are many parts of your house that contains asbestos especially if you live in a house that was built before the 70s. People nowadays have many options to protect themselves against asbestos like hiring an asbestos removal contractor or undergoing to an asbestos survey for your property. On the other hand, homeowners specifically, can shield their respective families from asbestos by having their own asbestos test kit.

Why do we need to have an asbestos kit at home?

Asbestos kits can detect asbestos as little as 1% content in any material. Asbestos as we know are found everywhere in our house, its distinctive characteristics like heat resistance, low cost and durability made it a very common as a construction material. Flooring, shingles, drywall, tiles, insulation and even appliances contain asbestos. However, cases of illnesses caused by asbestos such as lung cancer, pneumonia and asbestosis keeps on increasing which later brought alarm to many people. Moreover, people are distressed to know that asbestosis and meliothemia doesn’t have any cure as of now.

Asbestos test kit is like a first-aid kit for your family and therefore, it should always be a part of your house supply. In case you encounter a suspicious material in your own home, an asbestos test kit can be used in getting a sample. Each asbestos test kit includes a sample collection bag with easy and user friendly instruction and analysis. Asbestos test kit makes you feel in control of the situation while waiting for professionals to assist you.

Homeowners can effortlessly send samples to testing laboratory for verification process whether the material contains asbestos or not. Some manufacturers of asbestos test kits have affiliation with several testing laboratories which you can really rely on. These testing laboratories can proficiently and effectively verify if your sample contains asbestos.

Asbestos kit can also be considered as the first step towards other progression in regards with dealing and handling asbestos which would depend of the results from the samples. Through the kit you have lies the assessment and decision of sealing, overlaying, replacing or permanently removing the asbestos material from your home.

Purchasing an asbestos test kit is one of the many ways to protect your own family. Your house is a shelter, a protection but what lies beneath is a silent killer, and you must deal with it. Those kits are inexpensive and widely available in home improvement stores and you can even order it online. All it takes is few pounds from your pockets to show how much you care for your loved ones.

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