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TFC’s Homecoming to DC commended by Daly City government

Rave Reviews All Around for TFC’s Homecoming Video

Daly City, CA – The Daly City government, headed by Mayor Glenn Sylvester, recently conferred a special Certificate of Commendation on ABS-CBN International/TFC at the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Sylvester specified that the commendation is in recognition of TFC’s grand opening in Daly City.

Sylvester also said “majority of the population of Daly City is Filipino and we are so happy for ABS-CBN to come back and we say ‘Welcome home.’”

The homecoming-of-sorts cements TFC’s dream to be where Filipinos are. According to ABS-CBN Global Chief Operating Officer Raffy Lopez, “We have always wanted to be where the Filipinos are, where our customers are. We feel this is the perfect location because we want to engage and interact with the local community.” Lopez added, “Even though we launched our first TFC service here 23 years ago, our office was not here. So now, for our office to be in the heart of Daly City, not only is it coming full circle, but it’s a milestone marking the beginning of a new era.”

ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia de Jesus expressed her gratitude at the commendation, “We at TFC are so honored to receive this commendation from Mayor Sylvester and the rest of the Daly City government, this early in our stay at our new home – really in the heart of the Filipino community. We are inspired and looking forward to partnering with this wonderful, dynamic community as we move forward into TFC’s 25th year. Thank you for your warm welcome.”

TFC’s grand opening and office blessing on April 12, 2017 was heralded with a video “TFC: Home in Daly City” that captured the sights and sounds of Daly City. DC officials lauded the video and excitedly shared the link on their respective social network accounts after the video’s global premiere on Adobo Nation on Sunday, April 23rd.

Councilmember Ray Buenaventura stated enthusiastically, “Your promotional coming home video was brilliantly done. It has a good message and was very incorporating and inclusive, and highlighted what Daly City was about.”

Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo also commended the video, saying “I shared it with a lot of people that grew up in Daly City and it definitely resonated how much pride a lot of us here in Daly City have for the city.”

Councilmember Mike Guingona, who hosted two TFC shows back in 2006 – “Pinagmulan” and “Citizen Pinoy” – added that it was “really good to see that you’re committed to your work here in Daly City… You’ve been a good representative of what our community can share with the community at large.”

Overall, TFC’s strong presence in the “Gateway to the Peninsula” augurs a whole world of possibilities for partnerships and collaboration with the Daly City government to be able to reach out and truly be of service to the “kapamilya” community in the SF Bay Area. Mayor Sylvester adds that TFC’s return to Daly City is important because “it’s the media and the outreach; information from the Philippines and throughout the world is broadcast not just for Filipinos but for the entire public. That is very, very important.”

De Jesus echoes the same sentiment as she expressed “I can see that we will be working close as there are various possibilities for our company and your city to work hand-in hand to enrich and uplift the lives of our Filipino American community in Daly City.”

As ABS-CBN Board of Directors Chairman Eugenio Lopez III declared, “Daly City is really the first stop for a lot of migrants. And so, I think we can bring our brand of public service with the Daly City government… and I think we can be a significant and constructive member of the Daly City community. We’re happy and excited to be here.”


Challenges loom large for growing elderly FilAm population

BY Neil Gonzales,
Chief Correspondent, Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO -- Betty de Guzman takes her ailments in stride.
The gracefully dressed, pixie-haired 78-year-old has been a breast-cancer survivor the past 16 years. “When I got diagnosed, I said so be it,” she said. “But I’m thankful to
God for saving my life.”
She has also been battling diabetes. “I control my food and take my medicine,” she said while hanging out with friends at the Pilipino Senior Resource Center in San Francisco. “I eat a small amount of rice and more protein, vegetables and
Health and other concerns pertaining to older Filipino Americans such as de Guzman are expected only to heighten as this population along with the number of other aging
minorities is projected to increase significantly in the decades to come.
However, today’s society is ill-equipped to handle this projected surge in the population of Filipino American seniors, let alone the overall number of elderly minorities.
There remains a lack of services addressing not just health but wellness, recreational, social and other needs particular to Filipino American elders.
“We have a lot more work to do to really help older Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) adults, who are the most vulnerable,” said Wesley Lum, president of the Seattle-based
advocacy group National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). “A lot more readiness has to happen.”
That readiness becomes imperative as the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to double to
nearly 84 million by 2050 from the 43 million in 2012, according to Steve Wallace, a director with the UCLA-based Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, a national initiative to improve the health of older minorities.
Much of that overall geriatric growth is expected to burst out of Filipino and other minority communities. By 2050, according to Wallace, the number of Asian elders will
rise some fourfold from 1.6 percent to 6 percent of all older Americans while it will jump five times for elderly Latinos from 3.1 percent to 15.4 percent.
Filipinos already are the second largest Asian American population behind the Chinese. In 2010, Filipinos numbered 3.4 million while the Chinese 4 million, according to the US
Census Bureau.
Correspondingly, Filipino seniors in 2010 represented the second largest AAPI elder population behind their Chinese counterparts – 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively,
according to NAPCA.
Filipino elders accounted for 10 percent of the total population of that ethnic group, according to the Stanford University geriatrics report “Health and Health Care of Filipino American Older Adults” by Drs. VJ Periyakoil and Mark Dela Cruz in 2010.
Key health concerns
Among the key health issues facing elderly Filipinos in particular are diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
A study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health
in April found that non-obese Filipino Americans age 50 and over have a higher prevalence of diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts (7.6 percent vs. 4.3 percent). One in every 15 non-obese older Filipino Americans suffers from
diabetes, the study added.
Filipinos’ traditionally high-cholesterol, salty diet is a factor behind the likelihood for developing diabetes and hypertension, Periyakoil said.
“Organ meats such as tripe, pork blood, pork and chicken intestines, and poultry liver are well-liked,” Periyakoil’s report said. “The typical diet uses high-sodium condiments such as fish sauce (patis), shrimp paste (bagoong), soy sauce (toyo), anchovies and anchovy paste.”
Filipinos also enjoy pastries, rice cakes and other desserts high in concentrated sugar, the report said.
Filipino American women – including the elderly - have the second highest incidence and highest mortality rate for breast cancer compared to other Asian American groups while the men follow suit in regards to lung cancer, the report said.
Contributing to a rise in lung-cancer cases is the Filipino social norm for smoking, Periyakoil said.
“Increased prevalence of smoking among foreign-born Asians compared to their US-born Asian counterparts may partially explain increased rates of lung cancer,” added Heather
Chun, NAPCA’s director of technical assistance.
“Other risk factors that may explain increased rates of cancers, diabetes and hypertension” include obesity, the adoption of fatty American diets and physical inactivity, Chun
Cultural beliefs and behaviors can prove barriers to addressing these health concerns.
“Filipinos, especially those who migrated late in life (to the US), have the tendency to self-diagnose, self-medicate and seek alternative therapies,” Periyakoil’s report said. “This practice causes great concern to most health-care providers
since these older adults only seek medical care when their illness is already very serious or in an advanced stage, leading to missed opportunities for optimal treatment.”
Elderly Filipinos also tend to weigh how much they might become a “financial and emotional burden to the family” before considering professional help, the report said.
“Filipino American elders are very family-centered,” Periyakoil said. “They don’t want to be a burden to their children.”
At the same time, filial responsibility can come into play as well. Filipino culture values extended families and places great importance on grown children caring for their elderly parents at home. “Although acculturation (to American society) makes families more accepting of formal support, they are still reluctant and may be less likely to seek professional caregivers, respite, long-term services
and supports, and long-term care,” Chun said.
Another roadblock is the Filipino attitude of “bahala na,”
or leaving something to fate or God. “Completion rates of advanced health-care directives with Filipino older adults are low,” Chun said. “This is likely due to their fatalistic belief that illness is destined or inevitable, thus rendering advanced health-care directives pointless.”
In a similar vein, Filipinos’ deep sense of religion or spirituality can sway the elderly from taking advantage of medical treatment or long-term institutional care.
“In a small qualitative research study of elderly female Filipino immigrants in Vallejo, Calif., most of the participants believed that certain illnesses that cannot be treated by modern medicine can be treated through divine intercession,” Periyakoil’s report said.
Other hurdles to accessing formal care, health insurance and other services include a lack of mobility and limited English proficiency among many Filipino seniors – especially recently arrived immigrants, the report said.
To counter these health problems and barriers, experts agree that culturally and linguistically appropriate efforts encouraging nutritious eating and physical activity need to
be improved upon or increased.
Elderly Filipinos “need culturally sensitive support,” Periyakoil said. Such support addresses, for example, their need for a group approach in which they can talk with their family first before making decisions about their advanced-care planning.
Filipino American seniors also need more health screenings, transportation help in making doctor’s appointments and community-based services that involve their children,
she said.
In addition, they can benefit from more programs led by other seniors that allow them to socialize and network or participate in meaningful activities such as dancing and tai chi - which studies have shown can delay the onset of dementia, she said.
Another example of being culturally appropriate is offering healthy ethnic meals such as those featuring vegetables or fish in community-based senior nutrition programs, Lum
The Canadian Journal of Public Health study recommends “promoting the consumption of brown rice rather than white rice (as) a simple yet very promising intervention for the Filipino population.”
Research indicate that substituting a mere 50 grams of white rice with brown rice per day lowers the risk of diabetes by 16 percent, the study said.
Raising awareness of the link between lack of sleep and diabetes onset is a potential strategy of particular salience to Filipino Americans, the study added. That’s because a
third of Asian Americans sleep less than seven hours a night – a significantly higher proportion compared to Caucasians who report insufficient sleep.
On the linguistic side, Lum said, having a professional home-based caregiver who can speak to the elderly immigrant client in his or her native tongue helps provide the best
quality support. That can be especially helpful for elderly Filipino Americans who suffer from dementia and revert back to their younger years.
Besides improving or increasing services, collecting and analyzing data and other information about elderly Filipino Americans will become critical. “What we need to do next is to be able to provide data,” Lum said. “Data tells the story. It tells us what actually is needed” be it housing, health care, funding or other resource.
Efforts under way
Although much still needs to be done for the AAPI elder population, a number of programs and efforts have sprouted out over the years to tackle the growing challenges.
Established in 2006, the Pilipino Senior Resource Center in San Francisco offers an array of culturally accommodating services to elderly Filipino Americans. In partnership
with other groups, the center brings seniors such services as free blood-pressure screenings, breast-cancer support, educational classes and translation assistance.
“But it’s not just the seniors we serve but the whole family,” said Cecile Ascalon, the center’s executive director. That’s because in Filipino culture it’s important to consider the extended family.
The center also sees seniors who don’t have a family or live independently - giving them a place where they feel a sense of belonging, she said.
“We have movies, bingo and field trips,” she added. “Our seniors are always on the go, hyper and energetic.”
Francisco Viray, 92, enjoys the company at the center. “I go here to be happy and meet up with people I know,” he said during a free lunch program featuring chicken and salad.
The field trips and other activities offered by the center also augment his need for daily exercise. “My doctor told me to exercise and walk so I don’t weaken,” he said. “So every day, I go outside.”
Last year, NAPCA in conjunction with other organizations launched the nationwide program “Healthy Eating Healthy Aging” funded by a $484,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
This effort targeting the Filipino, Chinese and other AAPI elder communities came about after “we couldn’t find much healthy-eating education” in immigrant communities and their languages - especially with the older population, said Eun Jeong Lee, national director for NAPCA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program.
So the program has been holding workshops in immigrant languages such as Tagalog, Mandarin and Samoan in cities across the country, including San Francisco, Seattle and New
York, to encourage participants to bump up their vegetable and fruit consumption while reducing their salt intake.
The program also seeks to increase participants’ reading and understanding of nutrition labels on food products. “Seniors love the program because they enjoy being able to read the labels” and learning about nutrition, calories and fat, Lee said.
Steven Raga, who works on older-adult outreach for the senior-advocacy organization AARP in Washington, D.C., said he has been seeing a steady amount of programs being established over the years to address the Filipino American elder population.
There seems to be a groundswell of programs such as those addressing hypertension in areas with, not surprisingly, a large Filipino American community – including San Francisco, San Diego and New York, he said.
He noted that AARP offers resources aimed at elder Filipino Americans, including information on long-term health-care planning and caregiving.
“We really have to meet the elderly and Filipino American seniors where they are in the community or online,” Raga added. AARP is “always participating with Filipino organizations and businesses to let seniors know what our services are.”
As the number of elder Americans has increased, Periyakoil said, “awareness is becoming a little better” regarding geriatric issues.
“But have we done everything we can?” she asked rhetorically. “Absolutely not.”
This article was written with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and AARP.

ElderlyFilAm: Cecile Ascalon (center), executive director of the Pilipino Senior Resource Center in San Francisco, look over pictures on an iPhone following activities serving elderly Filipino Americans. The center provides an array of recreational, educational and health services for Filipino seniors. Photo
by Neil Gonzales.
ElderlyFilAm2: Elisa Benedicto (far left) leads a bingo game at the Pilipino Senior Resource Center in San Francisco. Bingo is just part of the many activities and programs that the center offers elderly Filipino Americans and their families. Photo by Neil Gonzales.


Provisional Waiver available even with Deportation Order

Question: I have heard that the provisional waivers have expanded. I have a prior deportation order and have been so afraid to have my spouse petition me because I thought I could not file a provisional waiver inside the US. I thought I would have to leave the US and ‘hope’ that the waiver was approved. Is it true that this has changed?

Answer: Yes, the applicability of the provisional waiver has been expanded. Remember, that the provisional waiver would apply only in the case where you normally would not have been inadmissible on any other grounds other than unlawful presence in the US. It allows you to file here in the US while you are here in the US. If successful, then it would mean you would actually only have to leave under normal circumstances to the US Consulate for only a few days and then you would return as a lawful permanent resident.

The Department of homeland security (or DHS) had adopted changes discussed in the proposed rule. The new modifications include: (1) Clarifying that all individuals seeking provisional waivers, including those in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), must file applications or provisional waivers with USCIS.

(2) Allowing individuals to apply for provisional waivers even if USCIS has a reason to believe that they may be subject to other grounds of inadmissibility.

(3) Eliminating the proposed temporal limitations that would have restricted eligibility for provisional waivers based on DOS visa interview scheduling.

(4) Allowing individuals with final orders of removal, exclusion, or deportation to be eligible for provisional waivers provided that they have already applied for, and USCIS has approved,
an Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal Form I–212 and

(5) Clarifying that DHS must have actually reinstated a removal, deportation, or exclusion order in order for an individual who has returned to the United States unlawfully after removal to be ineligible for a provisional waiver on that basis.

So it is a very positive development. If you have a prior deportation order and have filed the Permission to Re-enter AND it is approved, then you will be eligible to file the Provisional Waiver. This development is surprising considering the increased efforts of ICE to deport as many people as it can and to restrict opportunities to people who are not here in the US legally.

Question: I’m not 100% sure if I qualify and/or if I have a deportation order. What should I do?

Answer: It would be very important for you to obtain the advice from a qualified immigration attorney as to whether you have or do not have a deportation order and whether you should or should not file a Permission to Re-enter and then at what point you would become eligible to file for the provisional waiver.

Question: How long will this take?

Answer: The Permission to Re-enter will take about 1 year and the Provisional Waiver will take another 6 months.


PG&E calls for proposals from California renewable energy developers for clean energy program

San Francisco, CA —Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers.

The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program that will expand renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects. Through the program, customers will have the option to work with developers and subscribe to the output from a new renewable project equaling between 25 and 100 percent of their electricity use. Participating customers will pay the developers for the new energy directly, and receive a bill credit from PG&E on their monthly energy statement.

“The Regional Renewable Choice program is part of our ongoing commitment to support the growth of solar and other renewable energy sources in California. This program enables our customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity usage and allows them to directly be a part of California’s clean energy future,” said PG&E Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson.
PG&E is seeking proposals from local renewable energy developers across Northern and Central California to build small- and mid-sized renewable projects ranging from 0.5 to 20 megawatts for the Regional Renewable Choice program. The energy for these new projects can be from renewable resources including but not limited to solar, wind or biomass.

This program offers renewable energy developers an opportunity to submit proposals starting April 26, 2017 through noon Pacific Time on May 26, 2017. Projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be selected by August 2017. This request for offers calls for a development target of 150 megawatts of renewable resources.

To submit a proposal, renewable energy developers can visit the Regional Renewable Choice website.

The Regional Renewable Choice program is Green-e® Energy Certified. Green-e Energy is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for renewable energy, and sets environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and



Text and Photos by Lydia V. Solis

CBS ‘The Talk’ wins Daytime Emmy Award

Pasadena, CA – Marc Anthony Nicolas, 41, the only Filipino American producer of CBS The Talk, says he’s “beyond happy” after The Talk was awarded ‘Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host’ by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held on April 30, at the Pasadena Civic Center here. Hosts of The Talk include Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood. They won over The View, The Wendy Williams Show, The Real, Harry Connick Jr. Show and Live with Kelly.
The Talk was also nominated for ‘Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment’ which The Ellen DeGeneres Show won over The View, Maury, and Live with Kelly.
In 2016, during the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, The Talk won its first Daytime Emmy in six years, ‘Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment,’ beating The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and others.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award not only for Daytime Entertainment and Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, but also for Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, News & Documentary, and Sports.
Flashback to April 1, at the Eriels Café in Artesia, CA.
It was Marc’s birthday celebration, but instead of opening presents, he was handing out gifts to family and friends who attended his 41st birthday party. As a bonus, he made a special announcement that the TV show ‘The Talk at CBS,’ which he produces, had received an Emmy nomination.
“This is my sixth Emmy nomination,” he gushed. “Hopefully,” he added, “I could bring a second Emmy home.” (And he did!)
“I feel my birthday today is a very special one,” Marc told his guests, “because I’m so blessed with my family. I couldn’t ask for more. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I feel like a king!”
Marc has fond memories of his mom, Teresita Rodrigo Nicolas, who died in 2009, after battling breast cancer.
“I’m mama’s boy,” he asserts, “and she’s my life.” He remembers how difficult it was for him to wake up in the morning for school, “so rather than be late, my mom would put my school clothes at night so I’m ready for school in the morning.”
Marc admits he was very shy as a child. “I only came out of my shell in college,” he admitted, “because I love making people smile and I love making them happy.” In fact, his wish for the next 5 to 10 years is “to make everyone happy.”
He used to work as a waiter in Olive Garden and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse where “they have cheap penny tips,” he quipped, “so now I tip up to 25 percent. I’ve learned from my past and have grown from there.”
“My son is amazing,” says his dad Marianito Nicolas from Bulacan. “He’s down to earth, that’s why people love him. He has charisma,” he continued. “He doesn’t say no (to friends in need) and always has a smile for everyone. Mahal na mahal siya ng CBS family niya at ng boss niyang si Julie Chen. (The latter’s husband is CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves.)
“He’s very thoughtful, caring, respectful,” noted his step mom Ruby. “At hindi mayabang,” added sister Dona.

Entertaining guests at Marc’s birthday party were singers Ranella Ferrer and American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez. Vocalist Ranelle was in demand singing national anthems at sports events in different states as well as guest singer at community functions, but her singing career came to a halt after she gained weight. This prompted her to be a participant in ‘Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian,’ which documents participants transforming their lives physically, emotionally and mentally with the help of Hollywood’s best trainers, stylists and “Kardashian's own ‘glam squad’ in preparation for a big reveal.”
Ranella’s singing career seems to be picking up again. “I want to prove,” she said, “that not only can I hit a high note, but I can also reach new heights in self-confidence.” The future looks bright for her.
Meanwhile, Jessica continues to pursue her musical career creating albums. A runner up at the 11th season of American Idol, she came back during the finale of the 15th season and performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s ‘The Prayer.’ Her performance was claimed as the “best performance and stand out” of the night. On July 28, 2016, Jessica’s song ‘Stronger Together’ written by Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts and Kenneth Edmonds was played after Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Marc had worked for FOX, MTV, and ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ in New York, where he moved in 2007, receiving a nomination the same year for Daytime Emmy Award for The Tyra Banks Show ‘Outstanding InformativeTalk Show.’ In 2008, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for the Tyra Banks Show ‘Outstanding Informative Talk Show,’ duplicated in 2009. Since then he has honed his craft and has produced engaging television shows while working with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. He’s also a radio personality for station AM1300 WMEL in Florida. In 2013, he was named ‘Most Influential Filipino American’ by Philippine News.
Marc Anthony Rodrigo Nicolas not only works behind the scene (The Talk), but now he has moved in front of the camera, interviewing Hollywood celebrities as he produces and hosts his own ‘On Your Marc!’ show which debuted in 2014, and televised on The Filipino Channel’s Lifestyle Network.


Wisdom Capsules

Veggies Protect the Stomach

Those taking NSAID drugs like ibuprofen, and other anti-arthritis pain medications regularly, can be victims of stomach irritation which could result in ulcers and bleeding complication, that is why medical guidance is essential, even for these over-the-counter pills. To prevent stomach ulceration, ingesting 8 to 10 ounces of vegetables a day can work wonders by protecting the stomach wall lining, according to a researcher at Sweden’s Uppsala university.

Crackling Brain Food

If you want a healthy snack, one that keeps your brain sharp and reduces your risk for the development of Alzheimer’s, nothing beats crunchy celery, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, olives, bell peppers, and other veggies. Eating them uncooked preserve all the phyto-chemicals in them, like luteolin, which prevents brain inflammation, a common condition linked to ageing, chronic brain syndrome, multiple sclerosis, etc. So, to stay young, with a sharper mind, stay away from the high carbo snacks, including (especially) soft drinks, and savor the benefits from these crunchy veggies. And nuts also, like walnuts, pecan, pistachio, almonds, macadamia, and peanuts. Even your looks and your complexion will shine, with your favorite moisturizer, and without the use of glutathione or other expensive herbal products, which may even be dangerous after chronic use. Veggies and nuts are in, especially among teenagers. We, adults, should learn from the younger generation.

Healthy Dish

Omega 3 Fish Oil (Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA) is a popular supplement to eating fish for its cardio-protective benefit. It can lower blood pressure, help new brain cells regenerate and reduce the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s, minimize inflammation, and is a great aid in the management of cholesterol and arthritis. It also boosts the immune system. When digested, fish oil breaks down to hormone0like ingredients called prostaglandins, which reduced inflammation, like in arthritis (inflammation of the joints). This leads to lesser need for pain medications, as it also lubricates the joints. Fish oil is also good for auto-immune diseases. Indeed, a versatile supplement. Daily exercises, eating fish and vegetables at least 3 times a week, and abstaining from red meat and egg yolk is the healthy way to go, for children and adults alike.

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra

There are so many sex aids which come in herbal potion, pills, lotion, gel, and juices including ginseng and similar herbs, but studies have shown that the best results for those with erectile dysfunction among men, young or old, were obtained by taking Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. These drugs should be taken only after consultation with a physician, because some prescription medications may interact with any of these three pills and cause serious problems. Data today show that these pills, which have been prescribed for millions of times around the world, are effective and safe for ED in men, used under medical supervision. The fake ones from Pakistan, India, and other countries, which are being sold in the Philippines for a very cheap price, are deemed crude formulas and very dangerous.

Sex Could be Deadly

Sleeping around indiscriminately, or having multiple sex partners, can be hazardous to health and deadly. A perfectly healthy-looking person could be walking around with HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), including Syphilis. And no matter how normal looking the sexual organs of the women or men are, they could be harboring bacteria, fungi, viruses, and sometimes, even parasites, not obvious to the naked eye. Only a medical check-up and laboratory tests could confirm their presence or absence. STD infections in general, affecting the sexual organs, the eyes and mouth, are common. Be smart. You do not want a few minutes of pleasure to risk your health and life for weeks, if not years, of agony and shame. A internet message said, “unlike love, herpes is forever.” That may sound funny but herpes is really for keeps. Sex is a major and serious responsibility, not only to our body and health but to our family and friends, to all our loved ones, and to society in general.

Laughter/Singing: A Healer

Living a healthy lifestyle includes laughter. The more we laugh in life, the healthier we are. Indeed laughter is the cheapest and best medicine. Laughing (like singing or listening to romantic soft music and inspiring classical ones) increases our T-cells in the body which boost our immunity. Laughing also lowers the cortisol (stress hormone) level allowing us to minimize stress and its adverse effects on our system. It also blocks out bad emotions within us, giving us a better outlook and perspective in life. Even nothing is funny, even while alone in a room, laugh anyway, because even the simple act of laughing (and/or singing) in itself confers all those benefits. And don’t worry if people think you are crazy and laugh at you. You are doing them a favor anyway, by helping them get healthier as they laugh at you for yur insane laughter or off key singing.

Great advances

Instead of the cumbersome, uncomfortable diagnostic procedures now available for detecting lung cancer, the University of Texas researchers have developed a new lung cancer test that allows the use of “a simple mouth tissue sample, which compares the changes that takes place 95% of the time in both mouth and lung cells” among those individuals with lung cancer. This is a fantastic progress in our fight against lung cancer and cancers in general. As always, as with any other illnesses, prevention is the key, the best option, even compared to the greatest remedy or cure.

A non-invasive “virtual biopsy” technology (using harmless electrical current to better detect skin and cervical cancer (and eliminate need for surgical biopsy) has been developed by an Australian scientist.

A new ultrasound, “which can catch tiny tumors earlier,” has been evaluated for clinical use in Norway. Second to prevention, catching any cancer in its early stage can lead to complete cure, among most cancers.

Progress in science, in every sphere of human endeavor, benefits mankind as a whole. We are indeed lucky to be living in this world of today, in spite of all its imperfections and problems, most of which are man-made. For world peace and prosperity, where there is no war, poverty and hunger, all we really need is love, tolerance, and respect for each other. And the best place to start is at our own home.

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Why Become a U.S. Citizen?

Some of the Many Good Reasons

By Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza, A PLC

Becoming an American citizen is the culmination of the American dream. A citizen can shape American politics through voting. Citizens have greater ability to convey immigration benefits to family members. In fact, in some circumstances, children automatically gain citizenship when their parent naturalizes. Unforeseen circumstances which cause one to be out of the United States for extended periods of time can result in charges of abandonment of immigrant status - but not of citizenship. It is also important to remember that non-citizens, even those who have lived here for decades, can be deported for violating American laws. U.S. citizens cannot be deported unless they lied to get earlier immigration benefits or they give up their citizenship.
To be eligible for naturalization, the immigrant must be a lawful permanent resident; be at least 18 years of age; have continuously resided in the United States as a green card holder for 5 years (3 years if married to and living in marital union with a U.S. citizen spouse or if green card was obtained because of battering or extreme cruelty); be physically present in the U.S. for at least one-half of the residency period; and be a person of good moral character. The immigrant must also demonstrate an ability to read, write and speak English and knowledge of American history and government (civics).
Absences from the U.S. as a result of military commitments or because of work for the U.S. government may not count against the residency or physical presence requirement. In addition, waivers are possible for some who are unable to learn English or civics.
Upon taking the oath of allegiance, the new citizen’s lawful permanent resident children under the age of 18 automatically become citizens as well. Citizens can file petitions for a parent, spouse, or unmarried child under the age of 21 without dealing with visa backlogs. These immediate relative categories allow the beneficiary to complete their immigration processing in the United States, even if they are currently out of status as long as they entered with inspection. In addition, citizens can file petitions to immigrate their siblings and their married sons and daughters. These categories have long been targets of those who would like to narrow immigration benefits. One who has family members in these categories should file for them while they can.
Some immigrants delay filing for citizenship under the mistaken belief that their unmarried adult children will face a longer visa waiting period as an unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen than if the parent had remained a lawful permanent resident. This belief is erroneous because the unmarried sons and daughters may elect to “opt-out” of the U.S. citizen category to take advantage of the shorter waiting period. This “opt-out” benefit is only available where the parent filed the original petition before naturalizing.
Delaying an application for citizenship can have adverse consequences. A green card is not a permanent benefit. It can be lost. A green card holder who has spent more time out of the U.S. than in it can be denied admission for having abandoned their immigration status. They may have to fight in immigration court to keep their green card. However, U.S. citizens cannot be accused of abandonment.
Not everyone who has had their green card for 5 years and has lived here for more than half that time should apply for citizenship.
Certain criminal convictions result in a loss of green card and deportation. An immigrant with a criminal record may invite deportation by filing for naturalization. However, waivers may be available in some circumstances that would allow the immigrant to either remain a green card holder or even obtain citizenship. An immigrant who is convicted of an aggravated felony before November 29, 1990 and obtains a waiver may qualify for citizenship.
Someone who misrepresented a material fact to get a green card is not a lawful permanent resident for naturalization purposes. Continuing the misrepresentation in the naturalization process can result in more serious complications. Here again, waivers of the misrepresentation are possible. One granted such a waiver may be able to both keep their green card and become a citizen.
Many questions arise when deciding to file for citizenship. Is a conditional resident a resident for naturalization purposes? Does one who has spent much time out of the U.S. on business meet the residency and physical presence requirement? How do past actions affect the good moral character requirement? Will applying for citizenship lead to being placed in removal proceedings? One should consult a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney to learn the answer to these questions, and more, before applying for citizenship.


It's all Barack Obama's fault, per Trump

The current Trump problems are traced by the country's new president to his predecessor.
Trump has laid mighty issues on Barack Obama.
He detailed those problematical subjects during a press conference with the visiting King of Jordan.
"I have to say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess," Trump emphasized.
"Whether it's North Korea, the Middle East, it's so many other things. Whether it's in our country, horrible trade deals. I inherited a mess. We are going to fix it. We are going to fix it."
The bottom line of the press conference: whatever bad things are happening right now are traced wholly as Barack Obama's fault.
While Trump may be on target about the state of the world before he started his presidency in early January, a pressing question remains: how long can he really last, as he attributes his shortcomings on the last administration?
Specifically, Trump has laid the blame on Obama. He stressed on the economy, trade deals, government leaks, protests, and the failure of the health care replacement bill.
The North Korea problem is not new at all. It has been one of the perplexities facing any administration since the Bill Clinton era.
It wasn't a striking revelation when Obama blamed George W. Bush for not finding the solution to the North Korea troubling question.
George W. Bush did not hesitate to lay the onus on Clinton. He stated how his predecessor crafted a deal with the North Koreans and China which
was ignored eventually.
Obama essentially blamed Bush for a sluggish economy, which he named as a "Great Recession Inheritance," in nearly every major political speech.
Although the waning economy was at a standstill, Obama did not continue to identify Bush further as the cause.
What became evident even in the early days of the Obama presidency, statistics indicated how monthly unemployment numbers started to change for the better.
Lately, Trump aggressively announced how the country owes him credit for good job numbers and an upswing, stock market-wise, all of which started under Obama. (It has become habitual that the pluses Trump has claimed are not his own; they are traceable to the Obama administration.)
Tension headaches have multiplied in reference to tension abroad. But highly noted in the same press conference was the Trump proclamation: "I now have responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly."
The Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago estate has served the president's purposes as he has met Asian leaders, i.e., Xi Jinping of China at what has been branded the 'president's exclusive club in Florida.'
Since then, Trump has served his own interests in holding foreign policy meetings against the backdrop of his description of what observers from the business circles have identified as showing off his for-profit private club.
Yet, the American populace, particularly the independent thinkers, do not need any excuses at all for Trump's choice as he continues to meet with foreign leaders. It is known that his club is named and known as for-profit private.
The Trump club has indeed become the scene highly scrutinized by diplomats, foreign policy specialists, and the media for certain clues in the Trump leadership
Inevitably, voices of harsh criticism about the use of the Trump property continue to grow stronger.
"Showing off his for-profit private club and crystallizing how he is bent on transforming the American presidency by merging international diplomacy, politics, and free-media marketing for the Trump business empire cannot be denied," is the consensus.
Additionally, Trump critics describe the Florida club "reeks of a corrupt blending of public power, personal profit, and undue access for wealthy club members."
Whatever negative reactions emanate from Americans who detest the Trump show of power, are invariably brought to light by the media. And when the latter surfaces, that's the occasion when Trump's distaste comes out through repetitive branding of fake media.
Trump should pay close attention to the men whom he immediately appointed as he took office.
Most well-known news reports have named how a civil war rages throughout the Trump administration.
"A civil war between Trump loyalists and establishment-minded Republicans continues to escalate throughout the federal government."
Interestingly, this space's writer increasingly believes Trump and his allies are fighting a losing battle and their action can no longer be patched over by Band-Aid protection.
For instance, from the State Department to the Environmental Protection Agency, an intense sharp dividing line has emerged between confirmed cabinet secretaries and those called "handpicked teams of GOP veterans who are in a great rush to take power as Trump campaign staffers, as they call themselves."
Evidently, in the face of a current atmosphere that undeniably permeates the White House, changes that hope to redound to the average American citizen should be prioritized which has not happened at all.
All questionable reports on the executive department should go through the Ethics Commission and everyone should abide by the outcome to save the United States' declining position while its criteria on the "first hundred days" have just taken place.

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