City run by Fil-Am mayor named best small city in SF Bay AreaINQUIRER.net US Bureau 3:48 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MILPITAS, California – Money magazine named this city in the Silicon Valley, with a Filipino American mayor at its helm, one of the best cities to live in the United States.
Money http://time.com/money/3312340/milpitas-ca-best-places-to-live/ named Milpitas, (Spanish for “little cornfields”) the best small city to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and the 29th in the nation.
Mayor Jose “Joe” Esteves, who is running for reelection is visibly “proud of this accomplishment” and is inviting hit constituents to his birthday parth on October 5 in celebration.
Milpitas has a population of 70,000, with Filipinos comprising 15 percent. They are the largest segment of Asian residents, which make up 52 percent of the city.
Some of the biggest employers in Milpitas include such heavy hitters as Cisco, Flextronics, and SanDisk. Meanwhile, a light rail system links the city to San Jose, Mountain View, and other employment centers.
Close ties to Silicon Valley have given rise to terrific schools. Milpitas High School, for one, is a California Distinguished School, and has taken top honors in everything from band and theater to sports and speech, reports Money.
Recreation options include the 1,500-acre Ed R. Levin County Park, home to Monument Peak, as well as a network of trails that link into other parks and non-motorized thoroughfares, including 340-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Milpitas has no downtown, but the Great Mall–a former Ford assembly plant–has more than million square feet of shops and restaurants.
Home prices are high by national standards, with a median price of more than $500,000. But median family income is $107,000.
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NYC ID card for undocumented has cultural benefitsINQUIRER.net US Bureau 3:44 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
NEW YORK CITY — Municipal ID cards for undocumented immigrants living in this city, which will roll out on January 1, 2015, will include “cultural benefits” such as one-year free memberships in museums and other cultural institutions, the mayor’s office announced.
The card, dubbed NYC ID, will be made available to any city resident over age 14, regardless of immigration status. Other U.S. cities that issue similar cards, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven, Connecticut.
NYC ID is meant to help residents who don’t drive or have a driver’s license deal with the day-to-day tasks of cashing a check, signing a lease or entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences. The city is also negotiating with banks to honor the card as identification for opening accounts.
“The municipal ID is a powerful tool to bring more New Yorkers out of the shadows and into the mainstream,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the press. Some 500,000 immigrants live in the city without legal documentation. There are also senior citizens and homeless persons who lack legal identification.
Aside from being able to get library card or open a bank account, card holders can have one-year free membership at 33 of the city’s premier cultural institutions, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the New York Botanical Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Bronx Zoo and others.
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Crowd, not ISIS, seen as ‘threat’ to Pope visit, says CatapangBy Bong Lozada | INQUIRER.net 9:00 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces chief Gregorio Pio Catapang said Tuesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria does not pose a threat to the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines next year.
Catapang said that Islamist militants in the country have only sympathized with ISIS and they do not pose a threat to Pope Francis.
What he sees as a problem though is the large crowd that would surround Pope Francis on his visit.
“The threat is the crowd; they may congregate on the small area where Pope is,” Catapang said. “People like him very much.”
He added that the stars of the “Greatest Escape” from Position 68 in Golan Heights would be the primary military men to guard the Pope.
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PH won’t send health workers to Ebola-hit countries…for nowBy Kristine Angeli Sabillo | INQUIRER.net 7:52 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang on Tuesday said it was unlikely that the government would send volunteer health workers to West Africa to aid in the campaign against Ebola virus.
“Bilang bahagi ng United Nations ay handa naman ang ating bansa na gumawa ng mga hakbang na makakatulong sa pandaigdigang pagkilos laban sa pagkalat ng Ebola virus. Pero ‘yung partikular na aspeto na tayo ay magpapadala ng mga health workers doon ay ibang usapin ‘yon dahil nga maraming dapat na konsiderasyon hinggil doon,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a briefing.
(As a member of the United Nations we are ready to help in the international campaign against the spread of Ebola virus. But that particular aspect, the sending of health workers, is another issue because we have a lot of things to consider.)
He said they have to take into consideration the situation of the nurses and doctors that would be sent.
At the moment, there are still Filipino peacekeepers in the area and that issue has not been resolved, Coloma said.
“So siguro ‘yon muna ang ia-address natin bago tayo lumingon pa sa iba pang posibilidad katulad ng iyong nabanggit,” he explained.
(So perhaps we should address that first before looking at such possibilities.)
Media reports said the World Health Organization (WHO) was calling for a large number of health workers to help address the Ebola outbreak.
During a forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap) and Philippine Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), WHO Country Representative Dr. Julie Hall reportedly said the organization would welcome volunteers from the Philippines.
The Philippine government announced the recall of Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia, one of the countries affected by the outbreak.
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Banned ‘child flu medicine’ in US now in Manila store shelvesBy Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:50 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — An environment and consumer safety watch group alerted authorities to the local sale of a child flu medicine, which was banned in the US after it was found to contain high levels of the toxic metal lead and actually make kids sicker.
EcoWaste Coalition cited a September 26 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory warning parents and caregivers against buying the “Bo Ying Compound” for infants and children as it could cause lead poisoning.
The group said that although the product has not been registered with the country’s FDA, the medicine has found its way to the shelves of Manila’s stores.
EcoWaste said that it was able to buy on Monday for P580 the “Bo Ying Compound,” which was manufactured by the Hong Kong-based Eu Yan Sang Ltd and was made up of six small bottles of powdered Chinese medicine, from a store in the Binondo district.
Based on the product information, the medicine is supposed to “dispel wind and clear away heat, eliminate phlegm and tranquilize the mind.” It further claimed that it can relieve a baby’s cough, fever, indigestion, influenza, nasal discharge, poor appetite, restlessness and crying at night.
“We urge consumers providing Bo Ying to babies and kids to follow the US FDA health warning and to report any adverse reactions to the Philippine FDA that may be related to the consumption of Bo Ying,” said the group’s Project Protect coordinator Thony Dizon.
The New York City department of health and mental hygiene had tested and found high levels of lead in Bo Ying Compound after the US FDA received a report of lead poisoning involving an 18-month child who was administered the flu medicine.
According to the US FDA, “exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ (intelligence quotient), behavioral difficulties, and other problems.”
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