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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Are you ready to #GetScentimental? FRESH TIME with BT21 is back with its NEW All Day Fragrance M


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SM Supermalls powers up sustainability efforts, installs e-Vehicle charging stations in NCR malls


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SM Supermalls has deployed the first ever in-mall free charging stations in the Philippines for e-Vehicles (EV) at select SM malls as part of its efforts to create a safer, greener future for all.

The free EV charging stations were simultaneously launched today at SM Aura in Taguig City, SM North Edsa in Quezon City, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong; with PGA Cars providing the car displays at the official launch event in SM Aura.

This initiative is part of SM Supermall’s push to support technological innovations for a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

“SM Supermalls will remain true to our promise of creating a safe malling experience for our mallgoers, and part of that commitment is building a greener environment for everyone. We will always strive to ramp up our efforts to give back to our communities through our innovative projects in driving sustainability in our 79 malls nationwide. We want to urge everyone to consider more sustainable options in their everyday life, and shifting to e-Vehicles is a giant leap towards a greener future for all of us,” SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan said.

The in-mall charging stations is conveniently located in SM AURA B1 Parking, SM Mall of Asia 3rd Level North Parking Building, SM Megamall B1 Parking Mega Fashion Hall, and SM North Edsa 3rd Level North Parking Tower, have two Wallbox Pulsar Plus 7.4KW AC chargers per mall. These chargers support e-Vehicle brands such as Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai, among others.

The launch of the EV charging stations in premier SM malls is a product of SM Supermalls’ continuous partnership with the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry in assisting the government accelerate its renewable energy and sustainability initiatives.

“SM Supermalls will continue our staunch support of the government’s new EV law and the National Renewable Energy Program to promote a more eco-friendly society for all Filipinos. We remain steadfast in our goal of increasing our share of renewable energy sources by 50 percent by the end of 2022,” Tan said.

E-vehicles are true zero emission vehicles that have electric motors instead of internal combustion engines. As of 2020, there are 12,965 registered EVs in the Philippines. SM Supermalls is one of the first mall chains to establish in-mall e-Vehicle charging sites in the country.

SM Supermalls is the first mall chain to establish in-mall e-Vehicle charging sites in the country. In 2018, SM North Edsa inaugurated its first EV charging station to service electric public transport routes and most recently these EV chargers have been updated.

In the coming months, expect that more fast chargers will be installed in other SM Malls nearest you.

The EV Charging Stations Project supports The SM Green Movement towards a greener planet. #smgreenmovement @smsupermalls. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.

The Asia Foundation launches 2nd Development Entrepreneurship Mentoring Progr


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Photo above shows participants of the 2nd Development Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program. Joining the launch event were Sam Chittick, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, Paul Harrington, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, and Filomeno “Men” Sta. Ana III, Coordinator and Founding Member, Action for Economic Reforms (AER).


The Asia Foundation, with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, has formally launched the 2nd Development Entrepreneurship (DE) Mentoring Program for policy-reform leaders in the Indo-Pacific region.

The DE Mentoring Program aims to facilitate deeper learning and practice of policy reform. Mentees receive one-on-one mentoring sessions from veteran reform leaders over six months. During the mentorship, they learn to identify, clarify, and pursue their reform ideas using Development Entrepreneurship principles.

“This mentorship program aims to support mentees as change agents in pursuing positive policy reforms in their sector or area of expertise. It serves as a support mechanism, as Development Entrepreneurship crosses the boundaries between traditional development work and other sectors,” said Mr. Sam Chittick, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation.

Mr. Paul Harrington, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, shared that the mentoring program demonstrates the Australian government’s continued commitment to work with the Philippine government, stakeholders from civil society, business, and the academic community to strengthen governance and address development challenges.

This group comprises 20 individual mentees and is a mix of development professionals from the academe, faith-based organizations, NGOs, private corporations, and the government. One of the mentees is an official from BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao); three are from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Fiji, while two participants work on projects sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

“I was inspired to apply for the 6-month DE mentoring program after attending the online course on Development Entrepreneurship and listening to the success stories of the various policy reform advocates,” said Keith Jablo, Project Associate of Ayala Foundation and University Lecturer of the University of the Philippines-Visayas, and one of the program’s mentees. Through the mentoring program, I know that I can make the reform I envision for the communities I work with into reality,” Jablo added.

The Development Entrepreneurship program will run until September 2022. The next mentoring group is expected to begin on the 1st quarter of 2023. Aside from the mentoring program, the 3rd batch of the Development Entrepreneurship: 12 Keys to Successful Reform Online Course will start on 16 May 2022.

 

For more information, visit: http://developmententrepreneurship.org/.

At the Astra Pimentel, a senatorial candidate, Meet and Greet with media


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I guess this is the election when there are quite a huge number of hopefuls, from presidential down to senatorial candidates, and not just at the national level, I've also seen so many aspiring to be among the local government officials. Are they truly aiming to serve the public, inspite of these crazy times when the pandemic has given us so many challenges? I'm quite amused of the political environment in the Philippines as there are so many choices available but still mostly composed of the same faces.Thoigh there are new players, many are also connected and allied with the same traditional politicians we've known throughout the years.

Among the new faces is Senator hopeful Astra Pimentel (Naik), running under the PDP-LABAN and proudly endorsed by President Duterte himself.

It's not my first time hearing her talk as I was able to watch her during the SMNI senatorial debates, and she is indeed good in expressing her ideas, and hopefully she will also be a hands-on government official who will not totally rely on her staff doing groundwork, but even going to farflung places to personally witness and experience the realities of the real world. Sabi nga niya, kahit baha ay lulusungin niya, makarating lang sa kanyang paroroonan. We do need somebody who is not afraid to get  dirty. We need somebody who will walk the talk, someone who also acts correspondingly and not full of just press releases and publicity.

Though she seems to be too grateful of President Duterte and Pimentel for all the opportunities in government, we've learned that she started from the lower ranks and went through several positions before this level up to  a senator position. Those years of experience is among her advantages as we know she can relate to what's happening at most levels unlike other senator hopefuls who quickly jumped to running as senator. We just hope that all that "utang na loob" would not make her blind and ignore the shortcomings of her "idols". Also, her loyalty to her party should end when the fate of the country and Filipinos are at stake.

It was also revealed at the Meet and Greet that she was the woman behind some notable movements that paved the way to many political movements so we are guaranteed that she knows how things work behind the scenes so she won't be totally dependent on her staff to orient her on the basics. I guess there's really a woman behind many great men.

As a wife and mother, the revelation that she is in a good relationship even with the children of her husband from a previous marriage and treats them as her real children, and that the kids love her even more than their real mother, shows that she can love without discrimination.We need one like her that would welcome us with open arms inspite of such situations.

When asked how she wants to be identified amidst all the other senatorial candidates, she is more inclined to be a champion against women trafficking especially for OFWs. Incidentally, her husband is also running as a nominee of Ako OFW partylist. Both husband and wife are geared towards the benefit of OFWs.

Her promise is an open door policy, similar to how she has been doing ever since working for Pimentel. She assures that everyone is welcome to reach out to her as conveniently as possible without the hassles of bureaucracy.



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Rev3al: Protecting Artists, Creators, and Owners of Intellectual Properties in the Digital World




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Reveal, a blockchain platform that offers complete security solutions for digital assets announced another round of IDO, allowing the general public and crypto community to support the project and reap the resulting benefits.

Their next IDO or REV3AL Round 2 will take place this 4th of May, 2022 on spacePad – the launchpad of Coinswap Space.

In the digital era, everything is becoming more unique and easier to copy. Digital media are extremely simple to reproduce and spread due to their nature.

Owners of digital assets who are not on the blockchain currently have no way to verify their legitimacy, and even NFT collectors cannot do so without auditing the blockchain. For most users, this is a huge stumbling block.

Furthermore, digital assets do not have multi-factor authentication. There are several ways to safeguard what users and creators have, but only one puts them in charge of their ownership. And the technology offered by Rev3al is the best security solution for digital asset protection!

Rev3al is a blockchain platform with innovative digital copyright protection & anti-counterfeit technology that aims to safeguard artists, creators, and intellectual property owners throughout the digital spectrum and into the physical world.

It has a patent-pending complete security solution for digital assets, including new image-based encryption and multi-layered digital security features.

Likewise, the Rev3al technology is considered the world’s first NFT ownership authentication tool with self-verifying effects.

Rev3al Technology employs Hedera blockchain technology to establish a scalable, spendable global utility with an authentication and verification procedure utilizing $RVL, the company’s native token.

The $RVL token built on Hedera Hashgraph has a total supply of 1 billion tokens and an initial market capitalization of 25 million dollars.

“We’re excited to bring the Rev3al project to life,” says Mr. Mo Kumarsi, Rev3al’s Corporate Global Officer. “We believe that by using the latest technology we can provide a complete solution for digital asset protection of artists, creators, and intellectual property owners throughout the digital spectrum.”

He also says “We are actively developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which should be ready in the next months. By the end of 2023, we will have a Commercially Viable Product (CVP) that will be licensed as part of the API that will be used by a wide variety of digital platforms, ranging from NFT Marketplaces to the Metaverse.”

Rev3al’s team of professionals has substantial experience in systems architecture, anti-counterfeiting, arts, media, cyber security, licensing, publishing, and encryption to assure the smooth operation of the Rev3al technology, allowing them to revolutionize the face of digital media and IP protection.

These professionals consist of Mo Kumarsi as Corporate Global Officer, Cary Quinn as Chief Technology Officer, Adam Unger as Corporate Operations Officer, Adam Russell as Corporate Revenue Officer, Naveen Kumar as Director of Blockchain Development, and Mohit Siroh as Director of Blockchain Technology.

Rev3al also has a team of capable advisors, including Alan Smithson, Co-Founder & CMO – Metaverse, Mario Nawfal, CEO of NFT Technologies, Alex Russman, Director of Business Development for HBAR Foundation, Karnika E. Yashwant, Co-founder – Forward Protocol, Liam Robertson, CEO Alphabit Digital Currency Fund, among others.

NFT Technologies, Alphabit, Hedera Hashgraph, Launchpool, and IBC are among Rev3al’s investors, while Bitdragon, Metaverse, Forward, and Evolution are strategic partners.


To know more and get the latest updates from Rev3al, join or follow the ff. social media accounts:

Website: https://www.rev3al.io/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rev3altech
Telegram: https://t.me/rev3altechnology
Medium: https://rev3altechnology.medium.com/

The Rev3al community is strong and growing, so it is time to invest now. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us.

About Coinswap Space: CoinSwap Space is a DEX and DeFi suite for the BNB Chain. Built as an automatic market maker, it grants users the opportunity to provide capital to liquidity pools, yield farms, and stake its native CSS token.

The Best Tricks To Win More Money In Online Casino


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For many gamblers, gambling provides a massive amount of money. But for others, it may result in a loss. If you were looking to earn more through casino games, you have come to the right place. You have to think smart and implement a few tricks and strategies to win the utmost in these games.

The casino owners also attract their players with some exciting offers and bonuses. They provide more and more things to make their gamblers play again and again in their casinos. Here we will discuss the best tips to win more money and succeed in the casino games and check this real money casinos here.

 
Pick the Game with the Best Rates

Read the conditions and rules of the game before playing on the casino sites. Do deep research and study the games and casinos. Know the tricks and strategies that other players follow and think beyond them, the offers, bonuses, safety, commission, odds, and various casino games. It will also make you understand more about the in and out of the game and to experience the game check this real money casinos here.

 
Don't Overestimate Your Limits

Playing with money you don't have is one of the most common blunders. Many gamblers borrow money and open many accounts on other sites in the hope of catching more fish. That's a terrible situation. Play only with your materials. Bank financing should not get used.

Set bets based on the amount of money you might get available in your budget. If a gambler wishes to play the next level and win the jackpot, they must play responsibly. Remember: it's better to go slowly and confidently than fast and crash.

 
Don’t Forget About Money Management

You should maintain track of your online casino expenditures. As a result, only invest the amount you can afford to lose. When making a deposit, set reasonable limitations for yourself and keep in mind that you will not exceed them. Even if you're winning money at the slots, this should apply. If you keep putting money in, you run the danger of spending even more.

Also, keep track of your casino slot revenues to maintain track of your expenditures and returns on investment. In this manner, you'll be able to see if the method you're using is effective or not. If you are a beginner, set your budget from a minimum level, then you can increase the limits as per your experience in winning jackpots.

 
Observe the Competition Going on in the Surrounding

Casinos are companies, and as such, they are motivated by profit. Casino owners are always looking for measures to ensure that players do not win too much money and walk away. Studying their competition is one of the best ways they can achieve this.
They will analyze their results and make changes in their betting tricks - if it is necessary. To win, you must give your all. It's also a good idea to look at how other people play. Determine their winning strategies and apply them to your strategy. Things will become simple after you have figured out what works and what doesn't. It will increase the winning chances and more money.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Venturi Partners Hits Final Close of USD 175M in Maiden Fund


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Investment platform aims to invest in growth stage consumer-businesses in India & SE Asia 

Venturi Partners, a Singapore-based investment platform that empowers audacious brands in India and Southeast Asia, announced today that its maiden fund has hit its final close of USD 175 million. The firm may, however, increase the quantum of the fund with demand for investments going up. 

Founded by veteran consumer investor Nicholas Cator, the investment platform's expertise lies in identifying and supporting Asian high-growth consumer companies with an online or offline presence in sectors ranging from FMCG to education and healthcare services. The Venturi team has, in their previous roles, invested and supported a variety of consumer brands such as Byju's, Lazada, Pristyn Care, Cure.fit, Chewy, Oatly, Global Fashion Group, Burger King, Sula Vineyards, Domino's & Future Consumer.

Venturi has already deployed 30% percent of the fund across three investments in India and South- East Asia, and aims to deploy the rest over the next 24 months. The platform typically invests $10 million to $40 million in series B to series D rounds. The team has strong prior entrepreneurial and operating backgrounds and will leverage this experience to be a value-added partner to its companies.

"The Venturi team has a unique expertise, network and track record in the Consumer space in the region. Founders today are looking for more than just investors - they want long term partners that understand consumer trends and brands and have a long-term mindset. Adding value to portfolio companies by being sector focused, operationally minded and supporting management teams on specific projects is more relevant now than ever. We will only make 8 investments from Fund - 1 and work closely with our founders," said Nicholas Cator, Managing Partner at Venturi Partners.

The platform has raised commitments from large EU and Asian family offices, such as Peugeot Invest, Ackermans & Van Haaren and Frederic De Mevius, Founder of Verlinvest and a member of the family ownership of ABI.

"Our aim is to build a long-term, partnership-based investment platform with a small number of Families with similar values that want to participate in the Asian consumer growth story. We offer our Families more transparency on our portfolio than a traditional fund and will offer up to 100% of their commitment in co-investment opportunities. This enables us to deploy larger amounts into our portfolio companies and to support them over multiple rounds," said Nicholas Cator, Managing Partner at Venturi Partners

LPU prof, finalist in climate journalism awards


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A special lecturer at the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila has been recently selected one of the finalists in the second annual Covering Climate Now Climate Journalism Awards.

Jhesset Thrina O. Enano, who handles journalism subjects at the LPU Manila College of Arts and Sciences, has been shortlisted under the Emerging Journalists category of the 2022 CCNow Awards.

Apart from teaching journalism at LPU, Enano also works as a freelance journalist, writing on “interesting new angles such as the psychological toll of climate disasters.” CCNow noted that “through excellent storytelling Enano captures the struggle and suffering of people confronting rising seas.”






The LPU journalism lecturer shared that she is “deeply humbled by this recognition of my work that amplifies our voices and our fight for climate justice here in the Philippines.”

“I’m thankful to my former editors at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and more importantly, to my sources whose trust I carry with me always. I’ll continue telling stories of our planet and our people,” she added.

At Inquirer, Enano wrote compelling stories and produced multimedia reports on the climate crisis, biodiversity, natural hazards, and the interaction of communities with the natural environment. Her previous assignments focused on human rights, local governance, criminal justice, and education.

As an environment reporter, she was able “to shed light on the climate crisis, the environmental defenders, our country’s rich biodiversity, and the challenges that beset our planet and the people.”

Enano previously won Best Special Feature in the 2020 Catholic Mass Media Awards for her three-part series on wildlife trafficking and illegal trade in the Philippines published by the Inquirer in August 2019. She was also a recipient of a story grant in 2019 from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, where she reported on the impact of climate change on the mental health of Filipinos. She also covered the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Her works have been published in local and international media. She has spoken on BBC Newshour and CGTN’s Asia Today on domestic events with global and regional significance. Beyond her daily journalistic work, she also gives seminars and workshops on news, feature, environment and science writing to students, scientists, and researchers.

CCNow is a project co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation committed to bringing more and better coverage on the climate crisis. The global journalism initiative now includes more than 460 partners worldwide, with a combined audience of more than one billion people.

The Emerging Journalist award goes to an early-career journalist (five or less years of professional experience) whose body of work shows exceptional promise.

Other categories include short and long form print coverage, short and long form video and audio coverage, investigative reporting, newsletters, multimedia project, commentary, social media engagement, photography, student journalists, and industry innovation.

This year’s finalists for the different categories were chosen from 900 entries from 65 countries by an international jury of 90 distinguished journalists around the world.

Winners will be notified individually and will be publicly announced this September.

Monday, April 25, 2022

10 Tips for Tourists Traveling to France




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France is a beautiful country with plenty to offer tourists. Its location in the heart of Europe makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the world, and its rich culture and history make it a popular destination for travelers.

Most tourists traveling to France will likely visit Paris, the country's capital and largest city. While Paris is certainly worth visiting, don't forget to check out some of France's other unique destinations.

Ensure that you are aware of the medical care in France for foreigners;it will help you enjoy your stay without any surprises.

Before travelling, make sure to do your research to prepare for your trip. Here are a few tips to help you plan your trip to France:

1- Choose your travel dates carefully

The peak tourist season in France is generally from May to August. If you travel during this time, expect large crowds and higher prices. September and October are good months to travel as the weather is still pleasant, and the public has thinned out somewhat.

November to April is the off-season, so that you can find deals on accommodations and flights during this time. Just be prepared for cooler temperatures and possible rain or snow.

2- Get travel insurance

No matter where you are travelling, it is always a good idea to have travel insurance. If something goes wrong – you lose your passport, your flight is canceled, etc. – travel insurance will help cover the costs.

It is also advisable to know the healthcare for tourists in France if you travel to a country with a different healthcare system. In France, all residents and citizens are required to have health insurance. You may be able to get coverage through your travel insurance, but it is always best to check before you leave.

3- Learn some basic French phrases

While most people in France speak English, it is always appreciated when visitors make an effort to learn a few basic French phrases. It will help you communicate better with the locals and get more out of your trip.

4- Book your accommodation in advance

France is a popular tourist destination, so booking your accommodation well in advance is essential, especially if you are traveling during the peak season. There are plenty of options available, including hotels, B&Bs, apartments, and camping.

5- Rent a car

If you want to explore France at your own pace, renting a car is the best way to do it. It gives you the freedom to go where you want when you want. Just be aware that driving in France can be tricky – the roads are narrow, and there are many roundabouts.

6- Know your rights

As a tourist in France, you have certain rights and responsibilities. Familiarize yourself with these before you travel to avoid any problems.

Some of your rights include the right to security, the right to information, and the right to consular assistance in case of arrest or detention. Your responsibilities include obeying French laws and regulations, respecting local customs, and being considerate of other people.

7- Be prepared for the weather

The weather in France can be unpredictable, so it is essential to be prepared for all eventualities. Pack a mix of clothes for warm and cool weather, and bring an umbrella just in case.

The weather expectation is a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius.

- Enjoy the food and wine

France is famous for its delicious food and wine, so enjoy a few meals and drinks while you are there. The French cuisine is some of the best globally, so try as many dishes as possible. And don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of French wine!

9- Visit some of the famous landmarks

France is home to many famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Versailles Palace. Make sure to visit at least some of these during your trip.

10- Know your visa requirements

If you are travelling from a country outside the European Union, you may need a visa to enter France. Ensure the conditions before you travel to get the appropriate visa.


Some of the other popular tourist destinations in France include the following:

a) The Louvre – one of the largest and most famous museums in the world

b) The Palace of Versailles – the former home of the French kings

c) Notre Dame Cathedral – a Gothic cathedral in Paris

d) The Eiffel Tower – perhaps the most iconic landmark in France

e) Marseille – France's second-largest city and a popular tourist destination

f) Lyon – a historic city with plenty of Roman ruins

g) Nice – a beautiful city on the French Riviera

h) Bordeaux – a wine-producing region in southwestern France

I) Cannes – a glamorous city on the French Riviera, famous for its film festival

So, the next time you visit France, keep these tips in mind! They will help you to have a more enjoyable and memorable trip.


Types of Waffle Makers That You Should Know


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Waffles gave been around for decades and are a favorite delicacy among many. To make yummy waffles, you need a waffle maker, and there are different types available. Making the right selection can be confusing, and you should understand the distinct types and their features. 

 

Here are the different waffle makers in the market: 

 

1. Waffle iron

 

The waffle iron cooks waffles on a stove and features two hinged metal plates heated and pressed together to allow the cooking of batter. These appliances will cook crisp waffles with a honeycomb texture.  Waffle irons come in various forms and can be stovetop models or electric. Electric waffle irons are common and feature non-stick surfaces.

 

These appliances are easy to clean, maintain and operate. For instance, the Roller Grill's waffle iron is easy to use and you only need grease the ion plate and connect it to a power outlet. Similarly, stovetop waffle irons are not popular but are handy if you don't have an electric outlet.

 

2. Why use cast ion waffle makers?

 

Cast iron waffles makers offer numerous benefits. They are non-stick, which makes it easy to remove waffles when cooked. They allow even distribution of heat which ensures evenly cooked waffles. These appliances feature multiple settings, making it easy to adjust the temperature as you cook.

 

Cast iron waffle makers will produce crisp brown waffles with fluffy and soft interiors Most importantly, they are easy to clean and maintain. You can easily wipe any reside using a soft towel or brush. 

 

3. Commercial waffle maker 

 

The commercial waffle maker is popular in commercial kitchens. It's widely used for commercial purposes due to its ability to make multiple waffles. This appliance is different from the conventional home waffle maker. It's large and powerful, and you can use it in restaurants. The device has multiple features, such as removable grids and dishwasher-safe parts, making it easy to clean and maintain. 

 

4. Flip waffle

 

The flip waffle is common among many chefs. It flips batter when cooking and cooks it on both sides simultaneously. And this results in crispy and golden brown waffles, which are fluffy and soft on the inside. These devices are unique and different from other waffle makers. They cook evenly and will make tasty waffles at any time. Again, they cook faster and will produce quality waffles.

 

5. Belgian waffle maker

 

The Belgian waffle maker is ideal for anyone who fancies thick, large, and fluffier waffles. It spreads batter evenly to create dense waffles with deep pockets. You expect to get evenly cooked and crispier waffles when using the Belgian waffle maker. Also, you'll get the Belgian waffle maker in various types; these include electric and stovetop models in varying sizes. 

 

Final thoughts

 

There are different types of waffle makers in the market, and all come with distinct features. The cast iron waffle maker is common due to its many benefits and allows you to cook your waffles evenly. If you're shopping for a waffle maker, examine the features and choose an appliance to suit your needs.

Clear Legalities of Delta 9 THC


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Are you among the people who think that hemp-based products are still illegal in your country? Do you feel hesitant in consuming them as you fear legal troubles? Well, this article has got enough information to make you cannabinoid-savvy! So, keep reading till the very end to know about the legalities of Delta-9 THC from TRE House.



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What Is Delta 9 THC in Simple Language?

Do you want to bust your stress and experience bliss? Did you come home after a tiring day’s work and want to feel “high”? Delta 9 THC has got it all.

It is a natural metabolite extracted from dried marijuana leaves following a unique process. It exhibits psychoactive properties and has the capacity to:

● Create a euphoric effect

● Give you immense pleasure, satisfaction, and bliss

● Improve your sleep-wake cycle

● Help you out in Neurotherapy

● Bust your stress and make you feel calm

● Slow down your thought process and relieve you from the state of anxiety

Hence, Delta 9 THC is nothing less than magic and can be that little thing you waited for your entire life.

But aren’t hemp-based products illegal? Let us delve deeper and know the math behind its usage.


What Are The Consumption Laws Associated With The Delta 9 THC?

As long as the hemp-based products consist of 0.3% of the Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis, they are federally legal. So, in practicality, this means that all the products presently sold legally in the U.S market consist of Delta 9 THC, which is not more than 0.3% of the weight of that product.

For example, if you are willing to consume Delta 9 THC by way of a gummy whose total weight is 60 grams, then the overall composition of Delta 9 THC in this gummy cannot exceed 180 mg.

As long as the composition of Delta 9 THC in this gummy is 4.5 mg or less than that, it is valid for consumption in the U.S as per the present federal laws.



What Is the Maximum Serving Size of Delta 9 THC in A Product and a Package?

The “0.3% percent rule” was passed when U.S President Mr. Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill on 20th December 2018.

Besides this rule, the law also added certain other conditions that validate the use of Delta 9 THC based products in the U.S. These are:

● The maximum serving size of Delta 9 THC in a single product cannot exceed 10 mg

And

● The maximum serving size of Delta 9 THC in a single package cannot exceed 100 mg

This translates into the fact that:

● The gross weight of a particular Delta 9 THC-based product cannot exceed 3.33 grams if it consists of Delta 9 THC in the maximum permissible limit.

● The gross weight of a particular Delta 9 THC-based package cannot exceed 33.33 grams if it consists of Delta 9 THC in the maximum permissible limit.


Can You Travel On Air With Delta 9 THC?



If you have a sticky power bar, or maybe a vape cartridge, which has equal to or less than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC on a dry weight basis, then you can certainly travel on-air with your recreational products and even consume it while sitting an airplane as long as you are in the US sky.

However, problems can arrive when you have already landed and have deboarded the airplane. It is common at most U.S airports to conduct a body screening to check the presence of drugs in your body.

While the consumption of Delta 9 THC is entirely legal in the country, the problem lies with the screening tests, which usually refuse to differentiate between the:

● Traces of Delta 9 THC

and

● The traces of Marijuana and Hemp

If you are caught and the screening test faltered, explanations, justifications, and even quoting the law might not come in handy for you. Hence, it is best to avoid the consumption of Delta 9 THC products while traveling.


How Does Delta 9 THC Help You In Becoming Medically Fit and Satisfied?

Delta 9 THC is a cannabinoid that has proven to improve a person’s mental and physical health when consumed in prescribed quantities. Being a psychoactive substance, it is famous for its quick onset and the creation of euphoric effects in human beings.

Let us explore some of the best uses of Delta 9 THC with complete medical rationale:


Delta 9 THC Improves the Sleep-Wake Cycle As per a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an adult more than 18 years old needs to sleep at least 7 hours a day. The reason is simple, decreased brain power to store & recall memories and remember the different events.

This primarily happens because of our incapability to eliminate the dangerous amyloid plaques (often known as misfolded proteins) that are often attributed as one of the significant factors behind Alzheimer's disease.

Hence, if you cannot sleep well or have an inconsistent sleep pattern, then it is high time that you resorted to Delta 9 THC. It can not only slow down the speed of your eyeballs (known as rapid eye syndrome) but also normalizes your circadian rhythm.

Hence, it can be said that a good night’s sleep is just a gummy away!
Delta 9 THC Ends Your Phase of Depression

It is common for humans to go into depression and resort to isolation, loss of interest, and immense monotony.

If you are looking for quick and cheap way of seeking pleasure and bliss, Delta 9 THC is here to help you out. By attaching itself to the CB1 receptors present in our Central Nervous System, it gains the ability to stimulate our central nervous system (CNS).

Post this, it signals the release of an extra amount of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for producing the feelings of euphoria and the so-called “high.”

It certainly takes you out of your depression and makes you feel satisfied, confident, and, more importantly, happy.
Delta 9 THC Improves Your Focus and Attention

Concentration is a gift! It makes you think better and enables you to form logical arguments with an extended ability to link the different aspects.

Most humans cannot concentrate due to their inability to control their thought process, or we can say the rapid movement of neurons.

Delta 9 THC, being an anticonvulsant agent, can slow down the process of movement of neurons so much that you can concentrate and focus in a more enhanced fashion.


Conclusion


Yes, after implementing the Farm Bill, 2018, the products containing Delta 9 THC are legal for consumption in the country as long as the concentration of Delta 9 THC does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis.


Further, a single product containing Delta 9 THC must not exceed 10 mg, and a single package must not exceed 100 mg of Delta 9 THC.


Being a psychoactive substance, the Delta 9 THC-based products have a quick onset and can give you an immense feeling of pleasure and satisfaction.


So, are you ready to say goodbye to all your stress, states of depression, and poor sleeping patterns?

PH now has 9 active crew change hubs as Zamboanga, Iloilo, and Palawan hubs open to receive seafarers


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Pursuant to the order given by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade to establish more crew change hubs across the country, three more crew change hubs became operational in the ports of Zamboanga, Iloilo and in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.The new crew change hubs were activated on March 14, March 21 and April 8, 2022, respectively. The DOTr Maritime Sector led the opening of the new crew change hubs, comprised of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Office of Transportation Security (OTS), and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), together with other concerned government agencies.

With the additional crew change hubs, the Philippines now has 9 active crew change hubs joining the Manila South Harbor, Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan, Sasa Wharf in Davao, and Batangas, under the PPA. The other two crew change hubs are located in Subic and Cebu.

The country introduced the crew change hubs to process the documents needed to facilitate the movement of both on-signers and off-signers amid the global pandemic, recognizing the vital contribution of seafarers to the country’s economy.

The establishment of crew change hubs across the country is part of the measures adopted to keep maritime operations ongoing despite the strict health protocols being enforced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crew change hubs are staffed by the following government agencies: the DOTr and its attached agencies: Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Cebu Port Authority (CPA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Organization (OWWA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and by the various provincial and local government units.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade welcomed the activation of the new crew change hubs while stressing that the DOTr Maritime Sector and the other involved government agencies remain firm in their commitment to make crew changes as efficient as possible while upholding the health and safety of seafarers, especially Filipino mariners.

"It takes a whole maritime approach to make crew changes possible in the country. The various government agencies and the stakeholders that are involved remain firm in their strong and active participation to ensure the continuous operation of these crew change hubs, for our maritime industry champions: our Filipino seafarers,” Secretary Tugade said.

SSS asks members, employers to keep online login details to themselves





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Social Security System (SSS) President and CEO Michael G. Regino today urged members, pensioners, and employers of the state-pension fund to secure their login credentials on the My.SSS portal and other personal information to protect their accounts from fraudulent transactions.

Regino issued the reminder following several complaints from SSS members that their accounts with the My.SSS were being subjected to fraudulent transactions perpetuated by scammers and other unscrupulous persons.


One of the reasons why such fraudulent transactions occur, SSS insiders noted, was the tendency of some members to share their login credentials with unauthorized persons. These login information, Regino noted, should be kept confidential by accountholders to protect themselves from scammers.


Regino likened the SSS login credentials to the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that bank depositors use to access their accounts at the Automated Teller Machines (ATM). An ATM card PIN is a multi-digit number required at bank ATMs for carrying out transactions and is initially provided by the banks. This PIN can be reset or changed to a new PIN by the card owner but is kept as a strictly confidential information by the user.


“We have asked our stakeholders not to share their usernames, passwords, and other login details on their My.SSS accounts to unauthorized individuals. Giving your username and password to another person is like sharing your ATM PIN,” Regino said. “Anyone with this information could use your My.SSS account to avail of monetary benefits without your authorization.”


The SSS chief cited a case wherein a member sought the assistance of another person while trying to create and access his My.SSS account on the Internet. It turned out that the person from whom the SSS member sought for help is a fixer and scammer who later drew a salary loan from the account without his knowledge.


Regino also advised members not to entertain unofficial online groups in various platforms, like Facebook, that allegedly offer easier access to SSS online accounts and provided technical assistance for a fee to loan-seekers.


“We do not recognize these unofficial online groups, even those found on Facebook. We consider them illegal, and they cannot facilitate SSS transactions on behalf of our members,” Regino said.


He added that online transactions and services offered by the SSS portals are free, except when a member is requesting for a replacement of the Unified Multi-purpose ID Card (UMID), which carries a minimal fee.


Regino said members may visit the E-center in local branches and they will be assisted by SSS employees in their online transactions. “All our branches have an E-center containing several computers connected to the Internet. We have employees stationed there who are ready to help our members in creating and accessing their My.SSS account as well as guide them navigating and using the online portal for their transactions.”


Regino said the SSS management also regularly update its online facilities, such as the My.SSS Portal and SSS Mobile App, to better serve its members. In 2021, the Mobile App was redesigned to make it more user-friendly and easier for members to navigate and conduct their online transactions through mobile phone facilities.


He also reminded members, pensioners, and employers that SSS cannot be held accountable for fraudulent transactions once a member connives with a fixer.


Under Republic Act No. 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, and Republic Act 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018, make it illegal for members to engage the services of fixers.


SSS works closely with law enforcement agencies to curb the illegal activities of fixers. “We are determined to file charges against them who are taking advantage of our members and employers,” Regino concluded.

They may report these fixers or scammers to the Special Investigation Department (SID) through e-mail at fid@sss.gov.ph or at (02) 8924-7370.

Filipino Mountain Climbers Unveil Pink Flag Atop Africa’s Highest Mountain


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Faced with icy winds up to 20 degrees below zero, six Filipino mountain climbers unveiled pink flags and banners to show their support for presidential candidate Leni Robredo and vice-presidential candidate Kiko Pangilinan.

Team leader Rofil Sheldon Magto and climbers Yelena Nina Magto, Andrei Nikolai Magto, Grace Feraer, Vanessa del Rosario and Gregg Yan endured a week-long 70 kilometer trek through alpine and sub-zero conditions to reach the highest point in Africa, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet (5,895 MASL or meters above sea level). 

The Filipinos proudly waved the Philippine flag and a pink flag, along with banners bearing the text Gobyernong Tapat, Aahon Lahat at 5895 MASLGusto Namin High Altitude, Hindi Yung May Attitude, and Mountaineers for Leni. Philippine presidential elections shall take place on May 9th 2022.




“It was not an easy feat for average Filipino climbers like us. We persevered despite the odds because we know that we are not only representing our country but also showing the world that our individual choices and actions, when made collectively, will have a positive and lasting impact for years to come,” said Rofil Sheldon Magto.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, East Africa and is the highest mountain on the African continent. It is one of the world’s Seven Summits, pertaining to the highest mountains per continent. 

The other Seven Summits include Mount Everest in Asia, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Denali in North America, Mount Elbrus in Europe, Vinson Massif in Antarctica and Mount Kosciuszko in Australia. So far, only two Filipinos – Romi Garduce and Carina Dayondon – have been able to complete all Seven Summits. 


Three Stars and a Sun. The Philippine flag flutters above the highest point in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania rises well above the clouds at 19,341 feet or 5,895 meters. (FC Mtey & Gregg Yan)


View from the top. Fierce winds up to 20 degrees below zero keep snow and ice from melting, despite sun rays that can cause sunburn in mere minutes. Scientists fear that global warming might cause Mount Kilimanjaro’s remaining ice caps to completely melt away. (Gregg Yan)

 

UP student makes film campus cut in Italy


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A creative writing student from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman has been officially selected one of ten successful candidates to the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) Campus at Udine, Italy.

Eunice Joyce Helera, a BA Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino (Creative Writing in Filipino) major from the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, is the only Filipino to qualify this year for the FEFF’s prestigious education program for aspiring cultural reporters and film critics from Europe and Asia.

For the first time in two years, the FEFF is conducting the school of journalism as an onsite event for the students to meet and learn from directors, critics, curators, producers, and other film professionals.

“I wanted to improve my writing and how I view films,” Helera revealed her reason to join the FEFF Campus. “I have always been insecure about my writing, my interpretations, and how I construct my reviews. Instead of hiding away and giving up, I've always tried to find opportunities where I can learn,” she added.

Mathew Scott, one of the FEFF campus coordinators and her mentor for a short course on Asian Cinema Education under the Five Flavours Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland), encouraged her to join the program.

Helera, who is still in Italy as of presstime, feels exhausted but she relishes the unique experience of attending the FEFF Campus. “I have Cine Sundays to thank for. Being a moderator in the community, especially when I have to fill in at the last minute, has trained me to converse and create questions,” the young film buff said, referring to the online film community established by director Dan Villegas.





“The sessions we’ve had throughout are a good briefer to know all fields of the industry and that's how it has helped me so far now that I am immersed and seeing these people up close. The same way, the diversity of films that we analyze through Zoom, somehow adds to our knowledge of the different genres, that gives me that familiarity of structure, for the films being shown in this year's film selection,” one of the Cine Sundays core team members shared about the experience she gained from the program.

Helera, whose “love for film is rooted in her love of discovering the world,” is also part of the UP Cinema Arts Society or UP CAST. She is currently a film criticism fellow for UP Cinema’s Pelikolektibo. Last year, she became a festival curatorial fellow for Movies that Matter’s Cinema Without Borders (Netherlands).

The other selected aspiring journalists are Elizabeth Alpaidze (Georgia), Amarsanaa Battulga (Mongolia), Greta Elettra Broms (Sweden), Veronica Calienno (Italy), Eunha Lim (South Korea), Harry Robinson (United Kingdom), Jolie Fan Yuxuan (Singapore), Mariona Borrull Zapata (Spain), and Zhu Zijiao (China).

FEFF festival director Sabrina Baracetti said that they are “thrilled to have FEFF back fully live in Udine to once again welcome guests from around the world – and that includes our Campus family.”

“We were impressed with the high standard of diverse applicants and the obvious passion they showed for Asian cinema and are proud that we are able to forge these connections between film lovers everywhere, thanks to the many Campus supporters,” Baracetti added.

Selected attendees will have direct access to the FEFF Talks series of seminars and guest appearances. Since the “business of film” is high on the agenda for this year, they are also expected to gain insight into the inner workings of the industry through FEFF’s Focus Asia and the 13th Ties That Bind Workshop.


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