Sharing these images with you for some laughter — and truth!
The ranking members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have been silent for a long time about President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
Their silence is of course very much welcomed as it does not add up to more misunderstanding and disharmony between the church and the state.
It is, therefore, very encouraging and reassuring that while the church has kept their silence on Duterte’s relentless war on drugs, it has also understood the magnitude of the drug problem in the country that has already included government officials and other civil servants.
Understanding the enormity of the drug problem the country is having is one thing and appreciating the work government is doing in fighting and controlling it is another for it makes people and organization think how they could contribute to the efforts done.
It is in this light that the leaders of CBCP should be commended for putting their plan under wraps or without fanfare until now when they finally announced their launching of an anti-illegal drugs program aimed to rehabilitate drug addicts.
The program called, “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay,” entails that parishes in the archdiocese set up treatment centers.
This worthy endeavor by the church definitely complements the planned construction of rehab centers by government in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, with one being built in Nueva Ecija courtesy of a Chinese philanthropist.
Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said that the program will be administered by the Restorative Justice Ministry which aims to provide psycho-spiritual support to drug dependents.
Restorative Justice Ministry head Fr. Roberto de la Cruz, said: “This is our reaction to what is happening to our country now. Are we not going to do anything and let them die? Let us help them.”
“Now that they’ve surrendered to the government, our task is to ask them to surrender themselves fully to God because that’s when transformation will start,” he said.
The individuals enrolled in the rehabilitation program will undergo spiritual formation, counseling, livelihood projects, skills formation training, arts and cultural program, and sports activities.
Comforting words, indeed, and much to hope and thank for.
Anybody who sees this still photo of an elderly man struggling to push his paleta cart (popsicle cart) will surely be moved with pity and compassion.
Apparently the vendor, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez, went on retirement a couple of months ago but had to get back to work when he and his wife, Eladia, lost their only daughter who left behind two sons to be taken care of.
Eladia also used to sell paletas but now sells Mexican candies because pushing the heavy cart became too physically demanding and hurt her arm, according to the Sanchez’ granddaughter, Dulce Perez. Fidencio Sanchez has been pushing his cart in the area about 23 years, Perez said.
The kind soul of Joel Cervantes Macias posted Sanchez’s photo on FB. This in turn got the attention of Joe Loera who started an online GoFundMe campaign which resulted to more good Samaritans donating that Sanchez need not have to work anymore.
To complete the story I am also posting a video of this inspiring man that went viral.
Led by researchers at Yale University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory whose study was published in the journal Science, it warned that global warming could make the planet far hotter than currently projected because today’s scientific models do not correctly account for the influence of clouds.
According to the study, when climate scientists look ahead to how much the planet’s surface temperature may warm up in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide — a byproduct of fossil fuel burning — they typically predict a rise of between 2.1 and 4.7 degrees Celsius (3.75 to 8.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Apparently these models overestimated the ability of clouds to reflect back sunlight and counteract warming in Earth’s atmosphere.
“We found that the climate sensitivity increased from four degrees Celsius in the default model to five to 5.3 degrees Celsius in versions that were modified to bring liquid and ice amounts into closer agreement with observations,” said lead author Ivy Tan, a researcher at Yale University.
The following are further observations and comments of the researchers in their study:
The problem is most models assume there is more ice in clouds than there actually is.
Icier clouds would gain more liquid in a warming environment, and more liquid in clouds would mean less global warming.
“Most climate models are a little too eager to glaciate below freezing, so they are likely exaggerating the increase in cloud reflectivity as the atmosphere warms,” said co-author Mark Zelinka.
“This means they may be systematically underestimating how much warming will occur in response to carbon dioxide.”
Researchers said their findings add to previous studies that have suggested clouds may make warming worse, rather than lessen it.
“The evidence is piling up against an overall stabilizing cloud feedback,” said Zelinka.
“Clouds do not seem to want to do us any favors when it comes to limiting global warming.”
Does this mean that there will be a greater adverse effects on the weather condition all over because the world we live in is now going to be hotter than previously charted?
I am featuring and sharing with you two videos that are amazing, yet moving and beautiful, as both are expressions of adversity, perception, perseverance and most of all, love. I find these videos fitting to be posted on Valentine’s Day.
The first video is about a WWII veteran who got reunited with his long lost sweetheart after 70 years. For more on this story you can go to this website:http://www.people.com/article/norwood-thomas-joyce-durrant-australia-reunion.
The second video tells about the story of twin brothers who got separated, also during WWII, but found each other again, tearfully, 70 years after.