Jollibee named one of ‘best foreign fast-food chains’ in USBy Aries Joseph Hegina | INQUIRER.net 6:05 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines ― Jollibee, the leading fast-food chain in the Philippines, is making waves overseas as it was recently considered by a food website as one of the top 10 best foreign fast-food chains in the United States.
In an article posted last September 22, food website The Daily Meal included Jollibee in its article entitled “10 Foreign Chain Restaurants We’re Glad Came Into US.”
According to The Daily Meal, Jollibee is “hugely popular in the Philippines, and has locations scattered around the US, largely in California.”
“Aside from burgers, they offer fried chicken, spaghetti, noodles, and unique breakfast dishes like Spam, beef tenders, or sweet pork with rice,” The Daily Meal added.
In the US, Jollibee offers Filipino favorites such as Chickenjoy, Amazing Aloha, Spaghetti, and Ultimate Burger Steak.
It is also offering food items which are only available in the US such as Chicken Dippers, Little Big Bites, Ube and Buko Pandan Pearl Cooler, Banana-Jackfruit Pie, and Halo-halo.
Jollibee has 30 outlets in the United States in California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Virginia.
The Daily Meal is a food website founded and led by Colman Andrews, an eight-time recipient of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which is the “highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America.”
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Cancer doctor given 10 years for poisoning loverAssociated Press 12:31 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
HOUSTON — A jury on Monday sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.
Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, a breast cancer doctor based at Houston’s famed Texas Medical Center, had been involved in a sexual relationship with her fellow researcher, Dr. George Blumenschein.
Prosecutors said the affair turned into a “fatal attraction” and she poisoned him with ethylene glycol after Blumenschein spurned her in favor of Evette Toney, his longtime live-in girlfriend with whom he was trying to start a family. Blumenschein survived the 2013 poisoning.
A jury on Friday convicted Gonzalez-Angulo, who is originally from Colombia, of aggravated assault.
While prosecutors had asked jurors to sentence her to at least 30 years in prison, they said they were pleased with the jury’s decision. Defense attorneys had asked for probation.
Prosecutor Justin Keiter said the prison sentence sent a message that whether you are a doctor or anybody else, you will not be treated any differently if convicted of a crime.
“It doesn’t matter who you are. It matters what you do,” he said.
Defense attorney Derek Hollingsworth said he was disappointed with the sentence. Gonzalez-Angulo did not have any visible reaction after the sentence was announced. Hollingsworth said she was “incredibly upset” and emotional when he spoke with her after she had been taken into custody.
Hollingsworth said he anticipates that as a result of her conviction, Gonzalez-Angulo will lose her medical license. “The medical world has lost a shining star today,” he said.
Defense attorneys had hoped that Gonzalez-Angulo’s work treating patients and as a cancer researcher would have swayed jurors to keep her out of prison.
“She saved my life and the lives of so many other people,” Silvia Pubchara, one of Gonzalez-Angulo’s former patients, said after the sentence was announced. “It was heartbreaking for me to see her placed in custody and taken to jail. She doesn’t deserve it.”
Gonzalez-Angulo will have to serve at least five years before being eligible for parole.
Keiter said Gonzalez-Angulo has no one to blame but herself.
“Our society … should be more angry at her for taking herself away from all those (patients) who she could have done amazing things for,” the prosecutor said.
Blumenschein and his girlfriend, who were in the courtroom when the sentence was announced, left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.
Last week, Blumenschein testified that his life span was shortened by the poisoning as he now has only 40 percent of his kidney function.
The trial, which began Sept. 15, was filled with plot twists that could have come from a soap opera, including prosecutors saying that Gonzalez-Angulo lied about being attacked outside her home in an effort to get Blumenschein to leave his girlfriend. Prosecutors also said Blumenschein secretly recorded calls in which he tried to get Gonzalez-Angulo to confess to poisoning him.
Blumenschein told jurors that he became sick on Jan. 27, 2013, not long after he and Gonzalez-Angulo had been intimate, and that he immediately suspected his lover of spiking his coffee. Witnesses testified that Gonzalez-Angulo had access to ethylene glycol at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she and Blumenschein worked.
Gonzalez-Angulo’s attorneys had argued during the trial that other people, including Toney, might have been responsible for the poisoning, an allegation that Toney denied. Toney says she and Blumenschein are working on their relationship.
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Debut fiction writer wins $25,000 Bingham PrizeAssociated Press 10:44 am | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
NEW YORK — The author of the story collection “Godforsaken Idaho” has won a $25,000 prize.
Shawn Vestal is the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction. He was to receive the award Monday at a New York ceremony organized by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization.
Scheduled to present the Bingham Prize was Louise Erdrich, who recently won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for lifetime achievement.
PEN judges in their citation praised Vestal for his blend of genres from fantasy to historical fiction and his ability to bring new energy to “the well-trodden arena of the hapless male.”
Vestal is an Idaho native and a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington state. He also has written a short memoir, “A.K.A. Charles Abbott.”
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Giant button gives mall goers a big surpriseBy Patricia Perez | 10:30 am | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—It was a busy, bustling Saturday when shoppers caught sight of a giant maleta sitting by the fountains of the Eastwood Mall Open Park. Highlighted by a mysterious blue button, few of the mallgoers attempted to check out the maleta — but it wasn’t until sometime later that a brave soul mustered up the courage to press the button at its center.
The result? A festive performance of dancers, drummers, confetti, fake snow, a real-life horse and music that took the audience by surprise, as shoppers slowed down in their tracks to check out what was going on at the Open Park — and, iPhones and Androids in tow, caught the whole thing on their smartphones.
The delightful show was the brainchild of tripmoba.com, The Philippines’ Online Travel Site. Brought to life in 2012, the up-and-coming website is set on making great travel stories happen, and weaving picture-perfect memories into the busy lives of students, professionals, friends and families.
True to its goal, tripmoba.com gave Eastwood Mall’s shoppers a great afternoon, and an even better story to tell for years to come.
7 tips for fun, safe travel with your petINQUIRER.net 10:24 am | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Ask any dog owner and they will tell you that their four-legged companions are more than just a pet. They have gone past just being animals and are now more often seen as a loyal friend or even an integral member of the family.
Below are some travelling tips to help keep these pets safe inside the car.
1. Keep your co-pilot out of the cockpit
Your dog may be your co-pilot, but they won’t be doing any driving. It’s important to keep your dog off your lap and out of the front seat, as this can cause doggie distractions for the driver and even hurt your furry friend if it’s unrestrained during sudden movements.
- Give them a VIP cabin
Some dogs stay put, but other dogs like to bounce around. There’s a lot of stimulation for your canine friend on the road, so drivers should err on the side of caution. Keep your dog safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier, or restrained with a pet safety belt properly attached to their harness.
- Train your dog to like driving…
…but this doesn’t mean teaching your dog to drive. Teach your dog to look forward to car rides by taking short drives to fun locations, like the park or a nature hike where your dog can have fun and enjoy the open space. You can also reward your dog with things like doggie treats to encourage good behavior and generate a positive association with driving.
- Don’t bail on your buddy
We all know the feeling of getting into our car after it’s been baking in the sun. Leaving your dog in a car while you run errands can pose serious risks for your pet’s health and safety – plus, it’s not nice at all! If you have to leave your dog for a few minutes, make sure the dog has proper ventilation and some water to stay cool.
- Puppy pit-stops
Since you’re behind the wheel you can stop for a break whenever you need, but your dog can’t tell you when it gets thirsty. Make sure to stop regularly to keep your dog hydrated and give it plenty of opportunities to use the tree trunk.
- Stay on digestive track
Remember to feed your dog a few hours before you hit the road, and take him for a walk before you leave. On long trips, be prepared for meals on the road with food and a doggie bowl. You can also pack some treats to keep your doggie buddy happy during the trip.
- Bring home on the road
Just because you’re leaving home doesn’t mean you can leave the basics behind. Try to recreate a familiar environment for your dog by bringing along its favorite toys and other necessities. Just as you would pack for yourself, pack everything your dog would need at home.
“We recognized that a lot of pet owners here are not well informed of the safety risks that they and their pets are in when they travel in a vehicle together. Here at Ford, we are committed to equip our vehicles with class-leading safety features that will keep all our passengers safe and comfortable, including our loyal pets,” said Joseph Ayllón, Assistant Vice President for Communications, Ford Philippines.
Ford, along with dog owners all over the Philippines, celebrated World Pet Day last September 28.