Yes, you read that right. The Swedish furniture company Ikea has officially donated more money and aid to the Philippines than the entire country of China. To date, Ikea, through it’s charity, has donated about $2.7 million. China, the worlds second-largest economy, has donated a dismal $2.0 million.
As a society, we have to make a serious decision and put our differences aside at a time like this. I mean, come on, it was a storm far stronger than hurricane Katrina; far stronger than a Category 5 hurricane. And it smashed and obliterated the tiny country of the Philippines, leaving scores of people dead, injured, and homeless.
For awhile now, China has had their differences with the Philippines, most recently fighting over claims of which country owns and controls islands in the South China Sea. But this is not a time to hold back. We are all humans and these people need help from every corner of the Earth, and especially from a powerful economy like China.
Many Filipinos living in America have not yet made contact with their loved ones since Typhoon Haiyan struct the Philippines. Cell phone service in many areas of the Philippines is down, making communication difficult. For days, families are not sure if their loved ones are alive or not. Some families were able to evacuate in time, but unfortunately, many were not.
Money, food, and supplies are not the only things being sent to the Philippines in this time of need. Two cell phone giants have stepped up to the plate, providing charity during this crucial time.
Australia and the UK are the latest countries to follow suit with donations towards helping the disaster-stricken country of the Philippines. David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK, has upped his country’s donation from £6m to £10m and will be sending a Royal Navy warship and an RAF C-17 transporter plane to help deal with the current calamity that is affecting millions in the Philippines.
Australia has pledged to donate $10m, joining in the international aid effort in the wake of this devastating typhoon. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the $10m will include $390,500 of emergency supplies, greatly adding to the humanitarian assistance effort in the Philippines. An Australian medical assistance team will be deployed, as well as numerous food and other items greatly in need, such as mosquito nets, tarps, water, and donations to the Red Cross to help in the effort.
The storm of the century, super typhoon Haiyan, (locally called Yolanda in the Philippines) has finally made landfall in the country of the Philippines. At this time, there have already been three deaths related to the storm, but many more will sadly come. This storm has already gone down in history as one of the strongest storms ever observed, and it has yet to reach it’s peak, making it very scary.
The Philippines did their best to prepare for the storm, evacuating and relocating thousands of citizens that were living in harm’s way. One of the worst things about this storm is that there are still many homeless people from the recent earthquake in Bohol, making them extremely vulnerable.
Winds are coming in as strong as 195 mph and gusts at an insane 235 mph. Imagine driving that fast in your car; now imagine that wind and rain (and other dangerous objects) hitting your face at such an intense speed. If we compare it to a hurricane, this typhoon would easily be a Category 5, the most powerful of all ratings.
In what appears to be somewhat of a breakthrough in the fight against online pedophiles, a group from the Netherlands has come up with an interesting way to capture the identify of online predators who target young children. Utilizing the latest technology, they have developed ‘Sweetie’, a 10-year old computer-generated Filipina girl. No, she isn’t real, but she sure looks real.
The amount of men that swarm to ‘Sweetie’ as soon as she enters a chat room is disturbing. The perverts ask for naked camera shows for money, not realizing they are talking to this undercover group the entire time. Click ahead to watch this impressive video and let’s hope for a big crackdown on this type of illegal activity.
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is planning to increase the terminal fee being collected from departing passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from P550 to P750. Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday that the MIAA board of directors, which he chairs, is now reviewing the proposed P200 increase in terminal fee. The increase in terminal fee will be used to finance the rehabilitation and beautification program at the airport, particularly the 30-year-old NAIA Terminal 1. Sought for comment, MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the MIAA had been collecting from international departing passengers P200 as security and development charge (SDC) but scrapped it last year. He said the planned reimposition of the P200 fee will be implemented if there is a need for it. But airport sources said the P200 additional fee will take effect within six months. Roxas said the talks with Takenaka, the Japanese sub-contractor of the controversial NAIA Terminal 3, have been ongoing to complete the unfinished terminal.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday reported that remittances in 2011 grew 7.2 percent year-on-year to $20.117 billion, slightly more than the official central bank forecast of seven percent for the whole year.
Fund transfers sent by Filipinos working and living abroad totaled $1.799 billion for the month of December alone, up 6.2 percent compared to last year and the highest monthly remittances recorded due to Holiday spending.
BSP Governor-in-Charge Juan de Zuniga Jr. said total remittances channeled through the formal banking system are equivalent to nine percent of gross domestic product for 2011. “(Remittances) continued to be a major contributor in stimulating domestic demand. It has remained resilient throughout the year amid the political turmoil in some parts of the Middle East and North Africa, the slowdown in global economic growth, and intensified financial strains brought about by the Euro area sovereign debt crisis.”