Today is World Toilet Day! Know More About the Toilet

  • Do you know that there are 2.6 billion people who have no access to clean and sanitary toilet?
  • Today is World Toilet Day. It is celebrated in 19 countries with more than 51 events related to water and sanitation.
  • Do you know that there is WTO (not the World Trade Organization) but the World Toilet Organization. The WTO organized the World Toilet Day to create awareness among the rest of the population on the struggle of some 2.6 billion who don’t have access to clean and sanitary toilet facilities.
  • There’s also the WTC (not the World Trade Center) but the World Toilet College that has been conducting courses related to the best practices and standards in toilet design, cleanliness and sanitation technologies since 2005.
  • Here’s the video about “reinventing the toilet“:
  • I retweeted Bill Gates’ tweet on the World Toilet Day.

  • WTO record: an average person uses a toilet 2,500 times year, or six to eight times daily. But not all toilet uses flush.
  • As i typed the text here, there are more than 8 billion toilet flushes. Check here the latest toilet flush count.
  • This year’s World Toilet Summit shall be held in Africa.

  • Do you know that “a gram of human feces contains 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasites, and 100 parasite eggs”, according to this “Toilet Trouble”  iReport of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • If you want to know some reviews about public toilet in the Philippines, check The Philippines Public Toilet Chronicle which has some snippets on what to expect in some public toilets.
  • The 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey by the National Statistics Office says one out of four Filipino families belonging to the bottom 30 percent income stratum did not have sanitary toilets at their homes.
  • The United Nations claims that about 26 million Filipinos don’t have access to sanitary toilets until today.

 

  • When cleaning the toilet, here are some tips from a rappler story.
  • In Japan, more than two-thirds of the households have a Washlets— a high-tech toilet bowl made by Toto.

The Washlets has a computerized control panel with pictograms, include water jets with pressure and temperature controls, hot-air bottom dryers and ambient background music.

  • Meanwhile in the Philippines, second hand toilet bowls are up for sale along a street in Paco, Metro Manila.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo/Reuters

Welcome 2012 (Year of the Dragon)–MyYEAR!!!

I started this post with a positive note on its title– “Welcome 2012 (Year of the Dragon)–MyYear!!!”. It’s because the two previous years of the dragon– 1988 & 2000 were so kind to me. Both were fruitful years for my career in ABS-CBN Corporation.

After leaving RPN/DyKC in early 1988 and after having a short stint with Sun*Star Daily, i was invited to join ABS-CBN Ch. 3 Cebu where i have stayed for about half of my life. My career as a TV journalist flourished during those years and was capped with a promotion as the News Manager for ABS-CBN-Davao.

My Years of the Dragon were not good only to my career, i was also lucky in some possessions like winning big items in raffle draws in 1988 and i had purchased my first car in 2000 through the company’s car plan.

On the other hand, with barely five hours before New Year strikes, i had to reminisce the unfortunate events hounding me in 2011:

My father "Nene" passed away on Feb. 22 due to liver disease. He was confined in the hospital a month earlier and the family was advised by the doctor he couldn't stay longer.

July 23 & 25, i underwent two surgical procedures to remove the gallstones and my contracted gallbladder. It was my first hospital confinement since i was 3 years old. I spent a whopping P240k+ in hospital bills and related expenses. It left me almost bankrupt. Thanks to my family, relatives, friends and ABS-CBN for the support.

I had also two misfortunes during the year that i just kept it to myself. Again, i lost my father and i lost my gallbladder in 2011. And i lost two other important persons in my life during the year.

As i am moving on with optimism in 2012, i wish i could decipher the good signs that the black water dragon are carrying with all through out the year. As i’ve said, my Years of the Dragon have always been favorable to my career and some possessions.

Here are some of the good signs of 2012, as i collated in some sources:

  • year of empowerment
  • rooster, monkey and rat are the luckiest as they are most compatible with the dragon
  • horse, ox and dog are said unlucky animal symbols as they are less compatible with the dragon (it’s an irony for me since i am a fire horse.)

The Year of the Black Water Dragon officially starts on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013 . There are popular beliefs about the year 2012 ranging from spiritually transformative to the apocalyptic. The latter is referring to the so-called “end of the world” on December 21, 2012 based on the Mayan Calendar.

I have a good post about 2012 that i wrote in 2009.

Apple’s Steve Job, 56

He is an iconic Apple executive. Steve Jobs is best remembered in his lifetime as the man on a black turtle-neck shirt during Apple’s product launches in the past. Above all, he is known for introducing product innovations for the benefit of the consumers.

Steve Jobs lost his battle against cancer. Apple made the announcement few hours as i wrote this post and said:

 ...Apple is "deeply saddened” to announce that Mr. Jobs had passed away on Wednesday.
"Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that 
enrich and improve all of our lives,” the company said. “The world is immeasurably 
better because of Steve."

When Jobs stepped down as CEO and became Chairman of the Board of Apple in August, i was honestly suspecting it was due to his deteriorating health condition. He went a surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009.

Upon stepping down from his post in Apple, many had made tributes of him online calling his brilliance in innovating good products for the consumers as incomparable.

Jobs, with namesake Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple some 20 years ago and launched the first Macintosh computer in 1984. He abruptly exited from Apple the following year after a power struggle but returned in 1996 and lifted Apple from near-dead to its present status.

While the tech-world described him as a visionary, his family said Steve “cherished his family”.

An ABC News Report says: “Industry watchers called Jobs a master innovator — perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison — changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications.”

Jobs, is behind the idea of creating the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, and iTunes that sets the trend in consumer products.

Here are some of what other prominent people in the tech-world can say about Steve Jobs:

BILL GATES, Founder-Microsoft-- “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound
impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. 
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor.
I will miss Steve immensely.”
PAUL ALLEN, Co-Founder-Microsoft-- "a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to 
make amazingly great products."

VIC GUNDOTRA, Google-- "Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, 
I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced. But in the end, when I
think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I 
received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never for
get. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday."

Gundotra recalled a call on a Sunday from Steve Jobs asking him if Apple could work with Google to correct the color of the second O of the Google icon on the iPhone.

TIM COOK, CEO-Apple-- "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world 
has lost an amazing human being. "Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know 
and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves 
behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the 
foundation of Apple."


MARK ZUCKERBERG, Founder-Facebook--Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. 
Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

At the home page of Apple, Mr. Jobs’ black-and-white photo is displayed sans other images and text.

How to Minimize Toxic E-Waste

Environmental groups expect a rise on consumer electronics spending as classes shall resume in a couple of days.

However, the E-Waste Coalition identified some toxic chemicals that are added to various parts of electronic products that has potential damaging effect on our health ranging from liver, lungs and kidney diseases to cancer.

These chemicals, according to Richard Gutierrez, Executive Director of Ban Toxics, include Phthalates. Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which are often added to gadgets’ plastic housing and electrical housing.

The E-Waste Coalition recommends the following steps for consumers to minimize e-waste:

  • Know which companies produce safe and environmentally sustainable electronic gadgets.
  • Purchase electronic items that have “RoHS” logo or the logo at the side of this article. It represents that the product is free from the common toxins.
  • Buy energy-efficient electronic products. Look for the Energy Star or the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)
  • Look for brands with good warranty and take-back policies.
  • Go for quality, not quantity! Avoid buying cheap items in bulk. Most of these items will wear out after a few months. Also, the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project PROTECT has found that 6 out of 7 cheap toys from bargain centers contain toxic plastic.
  • Look for electronics with rechargeable rather than disposable batteries.
The E-Waste Coalition launched today in Cebu City its short film entitled “The Vanishing E-Wastes of the Philippines“, that talks about the e-waste problem in the country.

 

KNN Season 6 is Now Officially On!

The USC-COCAAI (College of Commerce Alumni Association, Inc.) has renewed its ties with ABS-CBN Corporation and other institutions in launching the Sixth Season of the Kapamilya Negosyo Na! (KNN).
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreements was held Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Ayala Activity Center by the representatives of the USC-COCAAI, USC-College of Commerce, ABS-CBN/DyAB, and the Department of Labor and Employment.

The MOA extends the airing of the radio show–KNN for another year over DyAB1512 which airs every Saturday, 3-4pm with broadcaster Jun Tariman as the host.

The USC-College of Commerce reaffirmed its commitment for the use of the facilities and faculty in assisting the program. While the DOLE has again extended its financial support to KNN by approving the second grant amounting to P400,000. DOLE had provided almost P900-thousand grant to KNN in 2009 to finance the project for two years.

Those who were present during the signing were Alice Uy for USC-COCAAI, USC-College of Commerce Assistant Dean Chaloner Matero, Leo Lastimosa and Tata Cinco-Sy of ABS-CBN, and DOLE OIC Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga.

The launching was immediately followed by the Business Plan-Making Seminar on Saturday, March 26 at the USC Law & Business School building where about 120 participants had joined in the lecture.

The participants are expected to submit their business proposals following the business plan format introduced during the seminar for them to qualify as a contestant in the Sixth Season of KNN.

To know more on how to join KNN’s regular season, visit here or the KNN’s home page.