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Be a Foster Parent this Christmas

Reposting this for Christmas. Originally published on Dec. 12, 2010

The silent halls and dimly-lit wall sconces at the orphanage serve as bare witness to the loneliness of kids at night.

These kids used to live at the orphanage for a few years when their parents abandoned them.
Now they are living with their father and step mom.

But we can open our house to them by serving as foster parents for a while. We don’t need to be rich to let an orphan enter our homes and spend Christmas with us.

You can inquire at the institution of your choice to find out how to be a foster parent. I’m sure orphanages will be glad to grant wishes of deserving families.

A full story about the kids in photo was published by People’s Tonight.

Allow Only Fully Vaccinated in Malls, Restaurants, and Others Establishments in NCR After ECQ

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, where the transmission rate has exceeded the average countrywide rate of COVID-19 infections, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said that it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures in the National Capital Region (NCR) to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion

“We are pushing for establishments in NCR, such as malls, restaurants, and others, to allow only fully vaccinated individuals so we can create safer bubbles. For example, dining areas with fully vaccinated restaurant crew serving fully vaccinated dine-in customers. This is of course upon having enough fully vaccinated residents in a certain city in Metro Manila,” Concepcion said.

He cited data from the Philippine General Hospital which found 187 individuals out of the total of 265 COVID-19 patients admitted as of August 15 were unvaccinated. The San Lazaro Hospital, meanwhile, reported that 82 percent of the total severe and critical cases of COVID-19 were also unvaccinated individuals.

“Implementing stronger measures during the ECQ in NCR, even if it is extended, will preserve the benefits of the lockdown. It will prevent us from compromising what we have already achieved so far, and what we can achieve in the future. We’ll finally reap the benefits of our sacrifices,” he said.

Concepcion added that the Philippines must benchmark against similar measures in other countries. In Jakarta, malls reopened at 25 percent capacity, but only to fully vaccinated individuals. Singapore, which has vaccinated 75 percent of its population, is allowing the fully vaccinated to resume activities that require the removal of masks and even gather in groups of no more than five people.

“We have seen in France under President Macron’s leadership that restricting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals is not only effective in preventing the spread of the virus, but also in encouraging people to get vaccinated,” he said.

Concepcion said that limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals, especially in Metro Manila, is not impossible given the aggressive inoculation rollouts already in effect during the ECQ.

“It will not be imposed unreasonably. That’s why there is a milestone in terms of the percentage of vaccinated individuals. We are aware that we need to vaccinate more people before we drastically do this. That is why we are aggressively rolling out our vaccination program in the country especially here in NCR even during the current lockdown,” Concepcion said.

“In the end, these measures will also encourage people to do their civic duty and take the vaccines. There may be more variants to come, but we have to realize that vaccination is the only key. The private sector wants to see an end to these lockdowns. A ‘close open’ type of economy is something we cannot afford to have.”

Why Do I Need Anger Management Classes?

We’ve all got problems with anger from time to time. Your kids spilled a gallon of juice on the carpet. Your spouse returned home from work two hours late and forgot to pick up dinner, which led to a fight. Anger is a normal, healthy part of human relationships – but what happens when you get angry too often at small things? Anger can spiral out of control, and using anger to deal with a situation only makes it easier to explode the next time something bugs you a little bit. If you’ve been asked (or court-ordered) to complete an anger management course, you might be feeling wary of spending time in such a place. However, the skills you learn can greatly benefit your life. Read on to discover what to expect in this type of course:

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

You’ll Learn New Skills

Depending on your offense, you might be sentenced to anger management in a group context or within individual therapy sessions. Your therapy might also be combined with other programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or a john school diversion program. Working with the right therapist in a personalized program can help get your life back on track.

You’re Not Alone

You might be feeling overwhelming emotions – not just anger – as you begin your group therapy or treatment program. Know that you are not by yourself in this: many people seek therapy for stress, anger, and depression that can lead to intense outbursts. There is even a diagnosis called IED (intermittent explosive disorder) for those with severe but treatable anger issues. 

Take heart in the fact that when you emerge from this program, you will have gained skills, confidence, and the training to keep your cool in a heated moment. As long as you practice your newfound skills, you’re well on your way to making better choices on a daily basis.