Friday, May 30, 2008

PGMA and Rice--check out the previous postings in this blog and the previous one: http://ftcuasciencelessons.blogspot.com

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has suspended the processing and
approval of all conversion applications for rice lands to ensure rice
sufficiency.

The suspension was contained in Administrative Order No. 226 which was
signed by the President last May 16, Friday.

Covered by the two-year suspension are "all land conversion
applications affecting rice lands, and lands mentioned under Republic
Act 8435 considered as Network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and
Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAD) which includes and covers all
irrigates areas, all irrigable lands already covered by irrigation
projects."

The AO also covers:
• all alluvial plain land highly suitable for agriculture whether
irrigated or not;
• agro-industrial crop lands or lands presently planted to industrial
crops that support the viability or existing agricultural
infrastructure and agro-based enterprises;
• highland areas located at an elevation of 500 meters or above and
have the potential for growing semi-temperate and high-value crops;
• all agricultural lands that are ecologically fragile;
• mangrove areas; and
• fish sanctuaries.

In issuing AO 226, the President cited the "policy of the state as
declared under Republic Act No. 8435 to assure the availability,
adequacy, accessibility of food supplies to every Filipino at all times."

The same RA states that "the State shall ensure that the poorer
sectors of society have equitable access to resources, income
opportunities, basic and support services especially in areas where
productivity is low"; and that "the State shall promote food security,
including sufficiency in our staple food, particularly the rice supply."

President Arroyo also stressed that "to meet the needs of the
increasing number of Filipinos, there is a need for the production of
rice to be optimized to meet our local needs and consumption."

The President added that "there is a need for all lands utilized and
intended for rice production to be protected from any other land use
or conversion… to ensure sufficient rice supply."

The AO 227 tasked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to implement
the order which shall take effect "immediately after publication in a
newspaper of general circulation."

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PGMA and Rice--check out the previous postings in this blog and the previous one: http://ftcuasciencelessons.blogspot.com

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has suspended the processing and
approval of all conversion applications for rice lands to ensure rice
sufficiency.

The suspension was contained in Administrative Order No. 226 which was
signed by the President last May 16, Friday.

Covered by the two-year suspension are "all land conversion
applications affecting rice lands, and lands mentioned under Republic
Act 8435 considered as Network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and
Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAD) which includes and covers all
irrigates areas, all irrigable lands already covered by irrigation
projects."

The AO also covers:
• all alluvial plain land highly suitable for agriculture whether
irrigated or not;
• agro-industrial crop lands or lands presently planted to industrial
crops that support the viability or existing agricultural
infrastructure and agro-based enterprises;
• highland areas located at an elevation of 500 meters or above and
have the potential for growing semi-temperate and high-value crops;
• all agricultural lands that are ecologically fragile;
• mangrove areas; and
• fish sanctuaries.

In issuing AO 226, the President cited the "policy of the state as
declared under Republic Act No. 8435 to assure the availability,
adequacy, accessibility of food supplies to every Filipino at all times."

The same RA states that "the State shall ensure that the poorer
sectors of society have equitable access to resources, income
opportunities, basic and support services especially in areas where
productivity is low"; and that "the State shall promote food security,
including sufficiency in our staple food, particularly the rice supply."

President Arroyo also stressed that "to meet the needs of the
increasing number of Filipinos, there is a need for the production of
rice to be optimized to meet our local needs and consumption."

The President added that "there is a need for all lands utilized and
intended for rice production to be protected from any other land use
or conversion… to ensure sufficient rice supply."

The AO 227 tasked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to implement
the order which shall take effect "immediately after publication in a
newspaper of general circulation."

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Mariculture Development Project in Tawi Tawi

SIBUTU, Tawi-Tawi – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will launch here
tomorrow (Thursday) a mariculture development project, a government
livelihood intervention program designed to bail this province out of
poverty.

Tawi-Tawi is the country's poorest province.

The President will lead the capsule-laying ceremony of the Tawi-Tawi
modified mariculture development project at the municipal grounds
here, an anti-poverty project that would directly benefit more than
52,000 coastal dwellers and fisherfolks in the neighboring island
towns of Sibutu and Sitangkai.

She will also award a P2-million check for the scholarship program of
the Institute of Fisheries and Marine resources, as well as distribute
various fishing gears for the 10 fishermen association in the province.

The ceremonial fish-stocking activity at the mariculture will also
feature colorful cultural presentations by local residents on board
the 100 Badjao lepahs (vintas).

Lone District Rep. Nur Jaafar said the project, with an initial
funding of P15 million, is expected to place Tawi-Tawi on the map as
the mariculture capital of the country.

As the "epicenter of the world's largest coral triangle," Tawi-Tawi
boasts of an immense biodiversity and a renowned homegrown talent in
fish farming.

With the project, Jaafar said high-value fishing production is
expected to generate about P200 million in additional revenues for the
province in a year's time.

This tax take is expected to increase by more than double within four
years.

Jaafar said the mariculture project will mean more jobs and livelihood
opportunities for the more than 52,000 coastal dwellers and marginal
fisherfolks who will be trained in scientific and environment-friendly
fish farming techniques by experts from the Department of
Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and
the Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and
Oceanology (MSU-TCTO).

In her State-of-the Nation Address (SONA) last year, the President
announced unprecedented investments in the Super Regions, the
country's blueprint towards achieving First World status in 20 years,
including the establishment of a mariculture park in Tawi-Tawi.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Is there a relation between Earthquakes and Nuclear Weapon Testings or what?

http://www.greatdreams.com/ny/newyork_quakes.htm

World Science Festival NY CIty, May 29-June 1, 2008

http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2008-festival/events/all-events-by-date

How to Remove Cyanide from Food and the Environment

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=how+to+remove+cyanide+from+food+and+the+environment&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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Science, May 2007, pp. 33-36

Cyanide Removal from Flour (Cassava) Helps Millions

The key to the removal of the cyanide compound from flour was to wet the flour so that the enzyme present can break it down to hydrogen cyanide gas. called the wetting method.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Cyanide_fact_sheet_7-22-04_162869_7.pdf

Growing Rice in Buckets

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/732313/how_to_grow_rice_in_your_garden.html

How to Grow Rice in Your Garden
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Rice is an unusual and fun plant to grow in your garden or on your porch. The secret to growing rice is that you have to recreate the flooded rice paddy for the rice to thrive in.

Grow Rice Step One: Collect all of your clean plastic buckets and empty plastic laundry soap buckets to work in. You do not want to use any container that has holes in the bottom that would let the water out.

Grow Rice Step Two: Buy some long-grain brown rice from the bulk bins at the grocery store or in a bag. Organically grown rice will reproduce better than some long-grain brown rice, but most kinds seem to have some grains that sprout. Your goal is to find brown long-grain rice that is as close to untouched by machines and chemicals as possible. White rice will not work because it has been processed. Or, you can buy a package of your favorite rice seed from a gardening supply outfit.

Grow Rice Step Three: Fill your buckets with about 6" of dirt or potting soil. Add water until it is about 2" above the soil level and toss a small handful of your store bought long-grain rice into the bucket; they will sink so that they are lying on top of the dirt under the water.

Grow Rice Step Four: Rice likes a warm climate, keep your bucket in a sunny area and move it if necessary to a warm place at night. Keep your water level at about 2 inches above the dirt until the rice is growing strong.

Grow Rice Step Five: When your plants are up to about 5-6 inches, increase your water level to about 4 inches deep. After that, let the water level lower in the bucket slowly over a period of time. You will want the plants just about dry of standing water by the time you are ready to harvest.

Grow Rice Step Six: Rice is mature somewhere in its fourth month if conditions are right. The stalks will change from green to gold in color when they are ready. To harvest, cut your stalks and let them dry in a warm place, wrapped in a newspaper for 2-3 weeks.

Grow Rice Step Seven: Roast your rice in a very low heat (under 200) for about an hour, and then remove the hulls by hand. You are now ready to cook with your own long-grain brown rice.

Options: You can grow rice indoors in discarded fish tanks under grow lights, or near a warm sunny window. Rice seeds can be started in cups of dirt with water and later transplanted into buckets; this method is preferred by some so that they can see what is sprouting and then space accordingly inside of the buckets.

NOVA Series

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/

Red Tide

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide

Rice Production in the USA

http://www.sagevfoods.com/MainPages/Rice101/Production.htm

in Arkansas

http://www.aragriculture.org/agfoodpolicy/radio/december2007/101_12172007_audio.htm

2007 Corn, Wheat, Soybean Projections

http://nue.okstate.edu/Crop_Information/World_Wheat_Production.htm

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organizations(CTBTO)

http://www.ctbto.org/verification/facilities/map_primary.htm

http://unjobs.org/organizations/ctbto

Science Lessons by FTCua 5/28/08

ok

read up on the different radiation measurement techniques then; my MS in Radiation Science thesis was on the comparison of radiation measurement techniques at five high energy accelerator facilities including CERN PS

there is a NOVA series and I am waiting to watch the new ones...

more later; why don't you ponder on these: some of the nuclear weapon testings cause earthquakes and/or tsunamis

read up on

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=nuclear+weapon+testings+an+earthquakes&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=locations+of+the+nuclear+weapon+testings&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/maps/index.html

Nuclear Weapons Test Map


Since 1945 there have been a total of 2,057 known nuclear tests worldwide. The United States and the former Soviet Union conducted the majority of these with the U.S. performing 1,030 tests from 1945 - 1992 and the Soviet Union carrying out 715 between 1949 and 1990. In 1963 both the Soviet Union and the United States signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty which prohibited nuclear weapons tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and underwater. Additionally, the treaty banned underground tests that would cause "radioactive debris to be present outside the territorial limits of the State under whose jurisdiction or control" the explosions were conducted.


Alaska (US) -- 3 Tests
Johnston Island (US) -- 12 tests
Christmas Island (UK & US) -- 30 tests
Malden Island (UK) -- 3 tests
Fangataufa Atoll (France) -- 12 tests
Mururoa Atoll (France) -- 175 tests
Nevada (US) -- 935 tests
Colorado (US) -- 2 tests
New Mexico (US) -- 2 tests
Mississippi (US) -- 2 tests
South Atlantic Ocean (US) -- 12 tests
Algeria (France) -- 17 tests
Russia (USSR) -- 214 tests (many at Novaya and Zemlya)
Ukraine (USSR) -- 2 tests
Kazakhstan (USSR) -- 496 tests
Uzbekistan (USSR) -- 2 tests
Turkmenistan (USSR) -- 1 test
Pakistan (Pakistan) -- 2 tests
India (India) -- 4 tests
Lop Nur (China) -- 41 tests
Marshall Islands (US) -- 66 tests
Australia (UK) -- 12 tests
In September, 1996 the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits all "nuclear weapons test explosions and all other nuclear explosions." As of September 1998, 150 nations had signed the treaty, and 21 nations had ratified it. Notable exceptions are India and Pakistan, both of which conducted nuclear tests in May, 1998.

To read the text of the Limited Test Ban Treaty go to http://www.acda.gov/treaties/ltbt1.htm.
To read the text of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty go to http://www.prop1.org/2000/ctbttxt1.htm.


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