Saturday, October 22, 2016

Meet your favorite trio at the Powerpuff Townsville this weekend

Treat your kids to a fun afternoon at the Powerpuff Townsville where sugar, spice and everything nice all belong as the re-launch of the Powerpuff Girls happens this October 21-22, at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium!

The whole family will surely enjoy an action-filled weekend with lots of activities lined up at the the grandest launch of the Powerpuff Girls!

Watch how superhero-sisters Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup continue to protect the bustling metropolis of Townsville and its citizens against the sinister evildoers!

Powerpuff  fanatics can put their maze-solving skills to the test with the 'Catch the Villain' activity, The 'Buttercup Mini-Training Grounds'  awaits to unleash the inner Buttercup in you.  Kids get a  chance to defeat their nemesis at the Mojo Jojo Obstacle Track.

They even a freehand designing their own Powerpuff merchandises like shirts, and bags and more!.

Enjoy delightful Chemical X popcorns and cotton candy treat as well.

Powerpuff  toys are exclusively distributed by Richprime Global Inc. and are available at leading toy stores and department stores nationwide.

Visit their official Facebook, Richwell Club or to know more about their products.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PhilamLife's Investment Market Report

The probability of the benchmark Philippine Composite (PCOMP) Index reaching “bottom” is low. Sellers see the state of the Philippine Stock Exchange Index, PSEi or the PCOMP, moving up with still a lot of room for the index to go higher. It seems like Foreign-domiciled funds are still selling and sellers are taking profit.

Sellers are taking profit because they know that Philippine stocks cannot outperform other stock markets all the time. Thus, this opportunity to take profit now when Philippine stocks are doing well is irresistible. To recall, Philippine stocks “disconnected” from the rest of the world soon after the elections. The local stock market rallied for several weeks after elections while investor sentiment deteriorated globally. As they have in the past, traders will take profit even if they are convinced that the local stock market can outperform most other markets for most of the time.

Traders will stop selling when there is little or no profit left to take, or when the local market is due for a “bounce”. If it is a question of whether the Philippines is “expensive” or “the most expensive” stock market, then no trader nor stock fund would be interested in Philippine stocks at all. “Expensive” is old news.

The expensiveness or intrinsic value of a stock market is driven by the cash flow, growth and risk character of its listed companies – not by the trading pattern or signal generated by technical analysis in charts. The intrinsic value of the Philippine stock market is higher than most other markets because of the persistent reality of stronger cash flows, higher economic growth prospects and lower risk that characterize Philippine companies when compared to many companies in most other markets. The reality is persistent because of the character of the local economy, for example the country’s demographics is in a sweet spot with most of the population in working age.

“Price” is driven by the “weight” of the buy and sell flows of traders. Simply put, it is the balance of the demand and supply of shares that determine price. However, stock prices tend to “approach” their intrinsic value. The estimate of the intrinsic value of Philippine stocks by analysts now stands at 8,166, based on a survey from Bloomberg. Expectedly, as stock prices fall or become cheaper relative to their intrinsic value, demand for Philippine shares will increase.

Investors who have a long-term perspective of the markets and are aware that they cannot ‘catch the bottom’ will take on the view that the current administration’s economic agenda will speak louder than the president’s unpredictable words. Investors will look at the economic agenda to find the cheapest stocks.

Fortunately, the theme of ‘inclusive growth’ which aims to increase the purchasing power and improve the living standards of the majority of the Filipinos makes the most-attractive industries or sectors obvious, that is food and staples retailing, packaged foods and meats, restaurants, and multi-sector holding companies involved mostly in infrastructure. In order to avoid the predicament of waiting in the wings and remaining un-invested, investors will have to start buying before the traders stop selling. It also keeps investors from getting left behind when the stock market does “bounce”.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DOH Targets a Rabies-Free Philippines by 2020

Last October 7, 2016, the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA) led the celebration of World Rabies Day underscoring the theme: Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate., which emphasizes the two crucial actions that communities can do to prevent rabies. It also reflects the global target to eliminate all human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.

Rabiesis (Rabies) is caused by a neurotrophic (nervous system invading) virus, which is present in the saliva of mammals. This fatal disease is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim's fresh skin lesions.

 It is vaccine preventable, but once infection begins, death is inevitable.In the Philippines, rabies continues to be a public health problem andis responsible for the death of 200-300 Filipinos annually, with children having the highest risk.

“Rabies is considered a neglected disease that is 100% fatal but 100% preventable. Effective and safe medicines have been available for decades to prevent the disease in humans and animals. None of these deaths should have occurred since we have the necessary interventions to prevent rabies suchas: (1) promotion of responsible pet ownership, (2) early consultation when bitten by animals and (3) timely administration of vaccines,”Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial explained.

In the Philippines, rabies continues to be a public health problem and is responsible for the death of 200-300 Filipinos annually, with children having the highest risk. Kids are more likely to be bitten by dogs, and are more likely to be severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body. In fact, 200 bite victims died due to rabies infection in 2013, with  40% of bite victims falling under the age 15 years and below.

bilis campaign 1,463 deaths from rabies were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) from 2010-2015 with 180 being noted from January 1 to September 24, 2016.    

Rabies in people can be prevented through Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in all DOH-recognized ABTCs/ABCs, and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) especially for high risk individuals and students in high incidence zones.

The public is reminded to report all bite cases and to immediately seek treatment at established public Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTC) and/or private Animal Bite Centers. As of March 2016, a total of 486 ABTCs are located all over the country, 32 of which are in Metro Manila. Qualified PhilHealth members may avail of subsidized PEP treatment costs through its Animal Bite Treatment Package.

 The DOH also encourages pet owners to protect household pets from rabies by visit their veterinarian on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date. All dogs and cats more than four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners should also maintain control by keeping cats and dogs under direct supervision. By prohibiting animals to roam unsupervised, their exposure to rabid/stray animals will be reduced.

The DOH, through the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) in partnership with different agencies and local government units continue to implement strategies and activities to respond to this public health problem most especially in high incidence zones.

“Maging responsible. Kung ikaw ay may alagang hayop,pabakunahan ito agad laban sa rabies. Kung ikaw naman ay nakagat ng hayop, huwag itong ipagsawalang-bahala, pumunta agad sa pinakamalapit na animal bite treatment center upang ito’y mabigyan ng kaukulang lunas o bakuna la bansa rabies.” Secretary Ubial concluded.

As part of the rabies elimination campaign, a total of 41 provinces/areas were declared ‘rabies-free’ by DOH and DA, Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) from 2008-2016.

At the end of the program, guests signed-up at the commitment wall to show support for a Rabies-Free Philippines come 2020. Visit the DOH website to know more about this rabies prevention campaigh program, how rabies symptoms and mode of transmission and what you can do to help.
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