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Silverio, Jr.  Publisher & Editor San Diego Asian Journal The Original and First Asian Journal In America(First in a series) Prologue Good News Pilipinas |  NEW DELHI, 10/17/2014 — The Philippines won major awards at the recently con-cluded 2014 World Travel Awards held at The Oberoi in  New Delhi, India.El Nido Resorts in Pala-wan, a beach resort in Pagud- pud, Ilocos Norte, seven ho-tels and serviced apartments including Intercontinental Manila (Philippines’ lead-ing business hotel), Fairmont Makati (Philippines’ leading hotel), Seda Hotels (Philip- pines’ leading hotel group), The Peninsula Suite at The Peninsula Manila (Philip- pines’ leading hotel suite), Amanpulo (Philippines’ lead-ing resort), Ascott, The Resi-dence (Philippines’ leading serviced apartment brand) and Ascott Makati (Philippines’ leading serviced apartment) won international tourism awards. El Nido Resorts bested seven other top tourist destinations in Asia in the category. These are the Alila Manggis in Indonesia, Andaman Discoveries, Orange County Resorts, Rainforest World Music Festival and Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand; Song Saa Private STARBLazers & TOP HATs with dignitaries California Legislator Ron Bonta, Congresswoman Susan Davis, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego First Lady Kath-ryn Faulconer, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, former CA Legislator Shirley Horton and Phil Am BID Chair /CEO Edna Consing Concepcion at the STARBlazers & TOP HATS “Give Back” Awards Gala 2014 of the Philippine American Business Improvement &  Development Organization, CA (Phil Am BID) 17th Oct 2014 (Photo by Norman Arroyo Photography) -- More on pages 6-7   N obody knows where the name came from, but there it was, an archipelago nation called “Fantasy Land”, deemed paradise by many as it was blessed with natural  beauty, rich natural resources and warm tropical climate. Many thought the name was a joke, for there was nothing “fantastic” about the hardships and poverty majority, make that almost 80% of its people, are suffering, with millions forced to leave their fami-lies behind to work as maids and laborers, despite their professional education, abroad. People recall Fantasy Land was second only to Japan in terms of progress before World War II, way ahead of its other Asian neighbors like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Indo-China and others. These days, however, Bangladesh, a new nation born out of poverty, and which had suffered hundreds of natural ca-lamities, as well as Vietnam, which had endured decades of civil war with American intervention, are breathing down its neck in terms of progress, if not way ahead. During the early 1950s, Fantasy Land sent troops to help preserve democracy in the civilwar-torn Korea. During the late forties, thousands of refugees from China came to Fantasy Land to seek refuge, hundreds of them living on the sidewalks looking for means to make a living for themselves and their families. They plied the streets buying and selling used bottles and metal scraps, or peddling their native delicacies like taho (soybean sweets). Now, these Chinese refugees have taken over Fantasy Land’s economy, owning most of the banks and big manufacturing corporations, malls, real estate developments and are employing the descendants of the Fantasy land natives who used to cater to their businesses. South Korea had emerged from economic turmoil after its civil war stalemate and is now employing as domestic helps the same descendants of the Fantasy Land soldiers that helped them, this time, as maids.What happened? One might ask. Could it be the race itself? Could the people really be indolent as described by their national hero in one of his writings? Many are hard-pressed to find answers because the Fantasylanders had proven to be great and heroic people. Even when the Spanish conquistadors discovered the lands during the fourteenth century, courageous natives had defended themselves heroically, killing the invaders’ leader, Ferdi-nand Magellan, himself. Although the people were eventually subjugated, their conquerors were not without resistance. Uprisings occurred every now and then, from the great tribal leaders named Dagohoy to Raja Sulai-man, Diego and Gabriela Silang, Gomburza, the members of La Solidaridad, the Katipunan heroes, and the ear- (Continued on page 2) Young Filipinos shine in an international math tilt that drew over 200 participants  from 11 countries Rappler.com | MANILA, Philippines – Young Filipino students triumphed again in an international mathematics contest, bagging 14 medals and 4 team trophies to place third overall in a competition held in Lucknow, India. The young math wizards won two gold, 10 silver, and two bronze medals in the individual competition; and 3 rst runners-up and one second runner-up trophies in the team contest in the 2014 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition (WIZMIC) held from October 18 to 21.“These students trained hard for the competition. This is another achieve-ment in math for the Philippines,” said delegation head Dr Simon Chua,  president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG).The Philippine gold medalists are Jose Lorenzo Abad of Colegio San Agustin-Makati and Aiman Andrei Kue of Zam- boanga Chong Hua High School.Taking home silver medals are Andrei Lenard Chan of Zamboanga By Nikko Dizon, Inquirer.net | MANILA, Philippines–In so many words, yes, President Aquino said he was willing to go to jail for decisions he had made, such as approving the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which the Supreme Court subsequently declared unconstitutional. The President, however, said he could  probably go to jail only under an “unjust  judicial system.”Aquino made the remarks during a forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines when he was asked about the possibility that the opposition would win the presidency at the end of his term in 2016 and hold him accountable for his actions during his administration.“I guess the best way to answer that is all the decisions I made were never spur of the moment. They were well studied and arising from the best advice I could get from various sectors. Now, at the end of the day, I think I can defend all of the decisions that we made,” he said.“That doesn’t mean that all of the decisions were perfect. No, that will  be incorrect to say that. It will it be an impossibility for an imperfect being to come up with perfect decisions all the time. So, all I’m saying is we can defend each and every decision that we have done, and if there is an underlying ques-tion to that—that I was vindictive in the  previous administration—no.”Referring to the alleged misdeeds of his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Ar-royo, who is facing various corruption charges in court, Aquino said: “There is a difference between wrong and right…. If we do not ght that which is wrong, then we allow it to exist and we might even be nurturing it to continue its harmful effects on our people. That is the thing that we are trying to do.”The President said that there was “corresponding evidence… for the ap- preciation of the courts” against those his administration had charged with criminal offenses for alleged corrupt  practices.Pushed for a more categorical answer if he was willing to be arrested and  jailed if charges against him were led after his term, Aquino replied:“If there is a situation where we’re  back to an unjust judicial system, then that is a necessary consequence.”Aquino defended the DAP, an eco-nomic stimulus program, which the Supreme Court said was unconstitu-tional and whose authors could be held liable. He has repeatedly said he wants a constitutional amendment to correct this supposed judicial overreach.Militant groups tried but failed to have President Aquino impeached over the DAP and the Enhanced Defense Coop-eration Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States.Critics of Aquino have vowed to make him accountable for the DAP and Edca after he steps down from ofce. A sitting  president is immune from suits.Enrile, Revilla, Estrada, and Binay are  paying their publicists and lawyers with money taken from government coffers. Don’t they at least have the responsibil-ity to come up with something less trite and more entertaining? They all, at rst instance, proclaim their innocence: Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla,Jinggoy Estrada, and lately Vice President Jejo-mar Binay.Almost to a man they have invoked God as their witness. Down to the last thief they have welcomed the cases to  be led against them so that they can  prove their innocence. Down to the last  bad melodramatic ourish, they have assumed an air of martyred sacrice as they claim they are victims of the bank-rupt politics they have been trying so hard to reform. “Please, please, please,” they beg of the public, “do not judge us  by media reports. We are innocent until  proven guilty.” We can prove, they say, that everything we touched was above  board.Until, of course, the evidence does be-gin to come out, in these cases through Senate inquiries.It turns out they were wrong. That their strong sure knowledge that every-thing was done with great honesty, was wrong after all. Then the press release has to be more nuanced. One nuance is that the people who testied against them are lying. This is accompanied by character assassination, usually pointing out that the whistle blower has admit-ted to a crime and we cannot trust such criminals. Another variation is that, though the corruption happened, they did not know anything about it. 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He nds out that he is being charged with “trespassing” and being “under the inuence of a controlled substance.” Tom has no recollection of what happened, but when he was  prompted to “plead guilty” by the public defender, he did so “because it was just a misdemeanor anyway.” Joseph, was also out partying on Hal-loween night. In what must have been a drunken stupor, he grabbed two bottles of Yoohoos from a 7-11 without paying. At his court hearing for petty theft, he  pled guilty to “get it over with” because it “was just a misdemeanor.” Both Tom and Joseph are lawful per-manent residents. They have each just  been served with a Notice to Appear by the Department of Homeland Security, and would like to know why they are  being deported.The Notice to Appear. The  Notice to Appear (NTA) is the charging document issued by an authorized agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to noncitizens who the government believes are inadmissible or removable. The NTA is issued to place a noncitizen in a full removal proceed-ing before an immigration judge, who will determine whether the noncitizen is to be removed or allowed to remain in the United States. A Criminal Conviction’s Negative Impact on Immigration Status. The Record of Conviction (ROC) details an individual’s criminal history – his/her arrest, what s/he plead to, and the nal  judgment/sentence. The relief(s) avail-able to an individual facing removal/deportation proceedings will depend largely on that individual’s record of conviction.“Just a Misdemeanor” Can Very Well Get You Deported. In our examples, Tom and Joseph both thought that pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense would not count for anything. When asked if he was aware of what he is pleading guilty to, Tom confesses that he did not. He simply thought that  because it was only a misdemeanor and the public defender advised him to plead guilty to get the case dismissed quickly, he agreed. Similarly, when asked why he pled guilty, Joseph reveals that he did so because it was only a misdemeanor and he didn’t want to miss any more time at work to deal with his case. He  just wanted to get it over with. Lesson number one: If you are a non-citizen, do not plead guilty unless you have a rm grasp of the possible im -migration consequences. An individual should act quickly and before pleading to anything in criminal court consult  both with a criminal attorney and with an experienced criminal immigration at-torney who handles deportation defense, to mitigate the negative consequences of a criminal conviction to his/her im-migration status. Not every criminal conviction will result in deportation and not every deportation proceeding will lead to an order of deportation. Nevertheless, certain commission of crimes and/or convictions will render a non-citizen inadmissible and/or deportable, and will run the risk of being placed in deporta-tion proceedings. It is important to be informed and know your options. An experienced im- migration rm or attorney will be able to help you understand what immigra- tion terms mean specic to the regula -tions, what steps might be taken for your  particular case, and the options available to you under the evolving immigration laws.  Atty. Lilli Berbano Baculi is an associ-ate attorney with Chua Tinsay & Vega, A  Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law rm with ofces in San  Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and  Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general informa-tion only and is not, nor intended to be,  formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular  situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; (916) 509-7280; lbaculi@ctvattys.com. 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Oath-taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualied applicants.Applications for Report of Marriage & Birth will be accepted but these will be ly American resistance movement. In Bataan and Corregidor during World War II, the Fantasylanders showed the whole world an ideal example of heroic ght for freedom. To be sure, thousands of heroes had shed their blood and given their lives to obtain the country’s free-dom from foreign domination.Yet, Fantasy Land is lagging behind its neighbors, as though time stood still for more than three quarters of century. Its people had become the servants of the world, better known as domestic helpers in other Asian countries like Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as European nations like Italy and Britain. In fact, at one point, the word “Fanta- sylander” was dened as “a maid” in a European dictionary.When the Americans took over Fanta-sy Land from the Spaniards, they introduced their brand of democracy, public education and government, among others, things that made the United States of America number one in the world. The American’s “little  brown brothers”, the Fantasylanders, were groomed to follow their mentor’s footsteps and succeed like them. While the national-ists claimed the Fantasylanders were at a disadvantage from the start, as parity rights, meaning equal rights to explore the country’s natural resources, were also given to the citizens of the former rulers, many politi-cians insisted that indeed the country was independent. “I’d rather have a country ran like hell by the Fantasylanders than one ran like heaven  by the Americans,” one of them declared. He got his wish.The country’s leaders learned from the start how to help themselves to the coffers of the country, instead of helping their poor countrymen. Public service was not a public trust. Rather, it had become a business among the government workers. Ways to enrich themselves by getting a cut from government projects and expenditures were the rst lessons the newly-elected or newly-appointed government ofcial had learned. A ten percent cut on the costs of public projects or services farmed out to private enterprises  by the approving ofcials became a practice.  Nowadays, the ofcial’s cuts had become fty percent, resulting to substandard proj -ects and wasteful expenditures.The country’s deterioration acceler-ated during the mid-1960s when a self- proclaimed “war hero” was elected to the  presidency. The people from his region  blindly voted for him as a solid bloc, ignor-ing the fact he was once accused of murder  but was just acquitted by a Supreme Court Justice who had also killed another person when he was a young man. Seeing himself in the convicted killer, he declared the murderer innocent to give him a second chance in life. Had he known beforehand the disastrous ef-fects of his magnanimous decision, he would have let the rascal rot in jail. Eventually, the so-called “war hero” was unmasked. The twenty-seven medals he al-legedly earned during the war, the most any soldier have earned, turned out to be fakes. But not after he had succeeded in enriching himself, imposing his will on the people, and committing the most disastrous plunder the country had ever seen.To perpetuate himself in power, he de-clared Martial Law, enabling him to do what-ever he wished. His capricious wife, a poor girl from the south, engaged in the “mining industry”, pointing to several businesses and claiming them for herself: “this is mine, that is mine!”For almost sixteen years, Fantasy Land had become the conjugal dictator’s personal efdom, muscling protests with the help of his corrupt army and the blessings of America who saw in them puppets they can manipulate. But not everything lasts forever. God  performed a miracle in Fantasy Land when the seasoned and evil dictator was toppled by a mere housewife whose only weapon was the inspiration her martyred husband had imbued on the people. Such a people power way of toppling dictators, a peaceful alterna-tive to violent revolution, had been adopted all over the world, including in the biggest communist country of them all: The Union of Soviets Socialist Republics. Perhaps it was the biggest contribution of Fantasy Land to the betterment of the world.The housewife succeeded in doing what she was elected for, bringing back democra-cy to the country. But that did not guarantee a happy ending for Fantasy Land. With democratic freedom, government ofcials rediscovered their old ways of enriching themselves through graft and corruption. Whereas the dictator and his cronies helped themselves to the coffers of the country dur-ing Martial Law, thousands of crooks have spawned to do the same when democracy returned. – AJ (To be continued) Chong Hua High School, Jhervey Edric Cheng of Chiang Kai Shek College, Kristin Angela Narag of Colegio San Agustin-Binan, Stephen James Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Audrey Gabrielle Tan of St Peter The Apostle School, Wesley Gavin Palomar of Falcon School, Jodi Marcia Arca-dio of Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Hiraya Marcos of Philippine Cultural College-Main, Gregory Charles Tiong of St Jude Catholic School and Cassey Jules Uygongco of Hua Siong College of Iloilo. The bronze medalists are Jose Oliver Nar-vasa of Notre Dame of Greater Manila and Jannica Allison Lim of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.A total of 222 elementary students from 11 countries competed in the contest. 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So incompe-tent that they do not know that there is a law on whistle blowers.Innocent but incompetentThe argument that they did not know is an admission of their utter incompe-tence.In the cases of Enrile, Revilla, Estrada, and lately, Binay, we are not talking about small amounts and single transactions over a limited period of time. We are talking about billions of  pesos, repeated transactions and bad  practice over a period of years. These are the people who have the gall to say they deserve national ofce? Even if we were to grant their argument that they knew nothing about it, such epic dereliction should still qualify as some sort of crime. At the very least they  Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comOctober 24-30, 2014 Get the best results for your CLASSIFIED AD with our 3-in-1 PRICE offer via online+digital+print editions. 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Palawan emerged rst among 148 islands with a rating of 88.750 as a result of votes from 76,600 readers, the  publication said in a statement. This small island—one of the Philip- pines’ 7,107—shot to the top of our list this year with a recent claim to fame: It’s now home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the edi-tors of Conde Nast Traveler wrote.The score is a mean average of ratings  based on a ve-point scale—from excel- lent, very good, good, fair and poor.Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Maui and Kauai in Hawaii and Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique placed Int'l magazine names Palawan top island in world second to fth, respectively. Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands ranked sixth, Greece's Santorini and Cyclades placed seventh and the US Virgin Islands' St. John bagged the eighth spot.Completing the top ten are Kangaroo Island, Australia and Big Island, Hawaii at ninth and tenth places, respectively.Boracay in the Philippines also made it to 12th place in the survey tabulated  by Equation Research.The magazine's Readers' Choice Awards also ranked top cities, hotels, resorts and cruise lines in the world. As always, it’s a broad spread— from luxurious safari camps in Africa to beautifully restored palaces in Italy,  perennial favorite cities Charleston, South Carolina and Florence, Italy, and far-ung islands in the Philippines, the  publication said. Top:  A formation along the shores of Palawan island province. John Grif-  ths/CC BY-NC-SA. Bottom:  A boat is underway at Bacuit Bay in Palawan.  Francisco Daum/CC BY-NC  By Kathleen Peddicord  Southeast Asia is a remarkably  beautiful and diverse region that is  becoming much more welcoming to Western retirees. Southeast Asia’s big appeal for foreign retirees is the cost of living. Several countries here are among the world’s cheapest places to retire. Your money goes much further in this part of the world than in the United States or any other Western country, but that does not mean that the standard of living is necessarily lower.It is possible to stretch your retire-ment nest egg to enjoy a better life-style in Southeast Asia than you could afford anywhere else in the world. For example, in the United States you’re  probably paying at least $50 per month for reasonably fast Internet. In the Phil-ippines Internet costs $12 per month, likely for faster speeds than you have now. In Thailand and Malaysia fast Internet is $18 per month.Similar savings can be seen in the  prices of everything from rent and  phone service to cooking gas, electric-ity and groceries. A visit to the doctor costs less than $20 throughout most of the region, and the care you receive is likely to exceed your expectations. English-speaking doctors educated in Europe, Australia and North America are the norm. They work in hygienic ofces with modern equipment and can  be afliated with modern internationally accredited hospitals. Thailand and Ma- laysia are among the top ve countries in the world for medical tourism.English is widely understood through- out the region, and it is an ofcial language of the Philippines and parts of Malaysia. The majority of people you come into contact with in these two countries are uent in English. Addi- tionally, English is a required subject at schools in every country in Southeast Asia. Urban areas and many small towns have enough English speakers that communication rarely presents a signicant barrier. Living in Southeast Asia full time is increasingly becoming an option for Western retirees. Several countries now offer user-friendly, affordable retirement residency programs, this region’s answer to the pensionado programs that have attracted so many foreign retirees to key Latin American destinations. New  programs offered by some countries in this part of the world directly appeal to foreigners looking for legal, long-term residency in retirement. Several countries waive any minimum monthly income requirements for long-term or  permanent residency if you invest in a xed-deposit account at a local bank. In countries where a monthly pension is required, the qualifying amount is often surprisingly low.Thailand and the Philippines, in  particular, are recruiting foreign retirees with benet rich and low cost of entry visa programs.Thailand. Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world, lush mountains and jungles, a laid-back, wel-coming culture and a foreigner-friendly infrastructure. Thailand also has one of the world’s lowest costs of living. For these reasons, thousands of foreigners have settled in this country in world-renowned resorts such as Koh Samui, The perks of retirement in Thailand and the Philippines  Major fundraising campaign begins after City permits San  Diego Museum of Man to remodel and host tours in the iconic California Tower.    Destinations  Page 4October 24-30, 2014 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com  Health and Wellness by Dr. Ofelia Dirige  Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan Community Services. www.lamwellness.or   g  Contemporary Asian  American Issues www.facebook.com/SaldanaDentalEmail: saldanadental@yahoo.com website: www.saldanadental.com (Continued on page 8)(Continued on page 14) A NEW AND EXCITING WAY TO ENJOY FILIPINO MUSIC If you miss Filipino Music and Talk we are your station. 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Enjoy.  Like us on Facebook to receive the latest update on our  programming. TO ADVERTISE  , call us at (619) 649 0069 or email us at  RadyoFilAm@Yahoo.Com . *Member, Internet Radio Coalition. Lund University | 10/14/2014 -- A stroke is caused by a blood clot  blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to an interruption of blood ow and therefore a shortage of oxygen. Many nerve cells die, resulting in motor, sensory and cognitive problems.The researchers have shown that following an induced stroke in mice, support cells, so-called astrocytes, start to form nerve cells in the injured part of the brain. Using genetic methods to map the fate of the cells, the scientists could demonstrate that astrocytes in this area formed immature nerve cells, which then developed into mature nerve cells. ”This is the rst time that astrocytes have been shown to have the capac-ity to start a process that leads to the generation of new nerve cells after a stroke”, says Zaal Kokaia, Professor of Experimental Medical Research at Lund University.The scientists could also identify the signalling mechanism that regulates the conversion of the astrocytes to nerve cells. In a healthy brain, this signal-ling mechanism is active and inhibits the conversion, and, consequently, the astrocytes do not generate nerve cells. Following a stroke, the signalling mechanism is suppressed and astrocytes can start the process of generating new cells.”Interest-ingly, even when we blocked the signalling mechanism in mice not subjected to a stroke, the astrocytes formed new nerve cells”, says Zaal Kokaia.“This indicates that it is not only a stroke that can activate the latent  process in astrocytes. Therefore, the mechanism is a potentially useful target for the production of new nerve cells, when replacing dead cells following other brain diseases or damage.”The new nerve cells were found to form specialized contacts with other cells. It remains to be shown whether the nerve cells are functional and to what extent they contribute to the spontaneous recovery that is observed in a majority of experimental animals and  patients after a stroke.A decade ago, Kokaia’s and Lindvall’s Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered research group was the rst to show that stroke leads to the formation of new nerve cells from the adult  brain’s own neural stem cells. The new ndings further underscore that when the adult brain suffers a major blow such as a stroke, it makes a strong effort to repair itself using a variety of mechanisms.The major advancement with the new study is that it demonstrates for the rst time that self-repair in the adult brain involves astrocytes entering a process  by which they change their identity to nerve cells.”One of the major tasks now is to explore whether astrocytes are also converted to neurons in the human brain following damage or disease. Interest-ingly, it is known that in the healthy hu-man brain, new nerve cells are formed in the striatum. The new data raise the  possibility that some of these nerve cells derive from local astrocytes. If the new mechanism also operates in the human  brain and can be potentiated, this could  become of clinical importance not only for stroke patients, but also for replacing neurons which have died, thus restoring function in patients with other disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Hun-tington’s disease”, says Olle Lindvall, Senior Professor of Neurology.  Publication: A latent neurogenic program in as-trocytes regulated by Notch signaling in the mouseContact: Zaal Kokaia, Professor of Experi-mental Medical Research, Lund University Zaal. Kokaia@med.lu.se +46 705 36 59 17 Olle Lindvall, Senior Professor of Neurology,  Lund University Olle.Lindvall@med.lu.se +46 705 17 14 66  Jonas FrisénProfessor of Stem Cell Research,  Karolinska Institutet  Jonas.Frisen@ki.s e +46 704 45 11 42 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infec-tion control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specic personal  protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely. Recent experience from safely treating  patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and  National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reected in the guidance. The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles: ãAll healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner  ãNo skin exposure when PPE is wornãAll workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off. All patients treated at Emory Univer-sity Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness. Principle #1: Rigorous and repeated training Focusing only on PPE gives a false sense of security of safe care and worker safety. Training is a critical aspect of ensuring infection control. Facilities need to ensure all healthcare providers  practice numerous times to make sure they understand how to appropriately use the equipment, especially in the step  by step donning and dofng of PPE. CDC and partners will ramp up training offerings for healthcare personnel across the country to reiterate all the aspects of safe care recommendations. Principle #2: No skin exposure when PPE is worn Given the intensive and invasive care that US hospitals provide for Ebola  patients, the tightened guidelines are more directive in recommending no skin exposure when PPE is worn. CDC is recommending all of the same PPE included in the August 1, 2014 guidance, with the addition of cover-alls and single-use, disposable hoods. Goggles are no longer recommended as they may not provide complete skin coverage in comparison to a single use disposable full face shield. Addition-ally, goggles are not disposable, may fog after extended use, and healthcare workers may be tempted to manipulate them with contaminated gloved hands. PPE recommended for U.S. healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola includes: ãDouble glovesãBoot covers that are waterproof and go to at least mid-calf or leg covers ãSingle use uid resistant or imperable CDC Fact Sheet: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola gown that extends to at least mid-calf or coverall without intergraded hood. ãRespirators, including either N95 respirators or powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) ãSingle-use, full-face shield that is disposable ãSurgical hoods to ensure complete coverage of the head and neck  ãApron that is waterproof and covers the torso to the level of the mid-calf should be used if Ebola patients have vomiting or diarrheaThe guidance describes different options for combining PPE to allow a facility to select PPE for their protocols  based on availability, healthcare person-nel familiarity, comfort and preference while continuing to provide a standard-ized, high level of protection for health-care personnel.The guidance includes having: ãTwo specic, recommended PPE op- tions for facilities to choose from. Both options provide equivalent protection if worn, donned and doffed correctly. ãDesignated areas for putting on and taking off PPE. Facilities should ensure that space and lay-out allows for clear separation between clean and potentially contaminated areas ãTrained observer to monitor PPE use and safe removal ãStep-by-step PPE removal instruc- tions that include: ◦Disinfecting visibly contaminated PPE using an EPA-registered disinfec-tant wipe prior to taking off equipment ãDisinfection of gloved hands using either an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe or alcohol-based hand rub between steps of taking off PPE.  Principle #3: Trained monitor  CDC is recommending a trained monitor actively observe and supervise each worker taking PPE on and off. This is to ensure each worker follows the step  by step processes, especially to disinfect visibly contaminated PPE. The trained monitor can spot any missteps in real-time and immediately address.  PPE is Only One Aspect of Infection Control  It is critical to focus on other preven-tion activities to halt the spread of Ebola in healthcare settings, including:· Prompt screening and triage of  potential patients· Designated site managers to ensure  proper implementation of precautions·Limiting personnel in the isolation room· Effective environmental cleaning  Think Ebola and Care Carefully  The CDC reminds health care work-ers to “Think Ebola” and to “Care Carefully.” Health care workers should take a detailed travel and exposure history with patients who exhibit fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weak-ness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, By Ignacio “Nash” Salas  Looking at San Diego State University  professor and author Dr. Riz A. Oades's “Beyond the Mask,“ he accounts of the many hardships, experiences, and discriminations that Filipinos faced in the United States  Navy. At the turn of the 20th century, the United States began to enlist Filipinos rst as stewards into the Navy until 1990 with the closing of the U.S. basses in the Philip- pines. With this establishment, the number of Filipinos recruited into the Navy began to increase and a special relationship developed  between the Philippines and America, giving Filipinos various reasons to enlist into the  Navy. However, the enlistment of Filipinos came with various hardships, experiences, and discriminations that they faced shortly after. Uncovering the untold experiences of  Navy Filipinos, Oades touches base with many U.S. Navy Filipino veterans in pres- ent day America—specically San Diego, California—while also providing a historical context on the recruitment of Filipinos into the U.S. Navy. During the turn of the 20th century, Filipinos were rst recruited into the Navy as stewards and mess boys because of a general order issued by President William McKinley in 1901. Due to this, the Navy began to enlist more Filipinos as time progressed, and lead to the establishment of military bases in the Philippines through the 1947 agreement. This not only allowed more Filipinos to be recruited into the Navy, but also allowed them to immigrate to America from the Philippines, providing them with the op- portunity to gain an American education as well as citizenship. The opportunity to travel to America through the Navy also allowed Filipinos to pursue the American Dream, the  betterment of their own lives as well as their families through nancial success and stabil- ity, and increase in social status. Aside from this, other reasons for enlisting included independence from families, a desire to be disciplined, and as an escape from both so-cial troubles and poor grades in school. Also, Filipino enlistment developed into a family tradition in which grandfathers, fathers, sons,  brothers, and others would serve in the Navy. On the other hand, Filipinos would take an entrance exam before being recruited in which the recruitment process itself was highly competitive. But training varied once Filipinos were recruited into the Navy. For example, Filipino stewards were taught domestic responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning. Adding on, Filipino stewards were also responsible for taking care of the President of the United States. This unusual access to the President is not known by many  people, but Filipino stewards helped with maintaining the executive mansion. But being in the Navy, Filipinos experi-enced many forms of racism and discrimina-tion. One example includes segregation-- they were part of the non-white members of society that were kept apart from whites in any public facilities. Former publisher Zack D. Ramirez recalls that “ those found using [Whites only] restrooms will be ned and  jailed”. Indeed, Filipinos were still treated in similar terms with other minorities: inferior and unequal to Whites. Adding on, not only were Filipinos inferior to White men, they were also inferior to privileged White women. This sense of inferiority instilled into Filipinos by Whites can also be illustrated through the domestic tasks that Filipinos did for their jobs. The jobs consisted of cooking and cleaning, which leaned towards a feminine role and away from the manual  jobs that men usually do in the Philippines. Furthermore, Filipinos were seen as illiterate and Whites assumed they knew very little to no English. They were called words with negative connotations like “turkey” or racial slurs such as “Flip.” Focusing on their careers, travels, and family lives, Navy Filipinos worked towards the betterment of their lives outside of the Philippines. Throughout their military career in the Navy, Filipinos who immigrated to America left their families behind in the Philippines in order to pursue an American education and citizenship or to look for jobs that will help support their families back home. Though the only places they would travel to if not America would be the Philip- pines or other places that had U.S. Naval  bases such as Hawaii. On other note, family life varied amongst the Navy Filipinos. As I mentioned before, some families are left  back in the Philippines, but thanks to new immigration laws, families of servicemen Book Report of Dr. Riz A. Oades “Beyond the Mask“
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