September 12, 2011
Pond Essentials: What Makes a Good Pond Filter Like any other product, there are so many different makes and types of pond filters. If you are an inexperienced pond keeper, it might be difficult to choose which of these pond filters is worth spending your money on. You don’t need anyone to tell you that you want to have a crystal clear pond.
Having goldfish, koi fish or other species is not a good excuse for your pond not to have clarity although it might be harder to maintain it and keep it free from ammonia, algae, nitrites, bacteria and parasites. Expert pond keepers will tell you to look for pond filters that offer both biological and mechanical filtration and not one or the other.
This ensures a cleaner and clearer outbound water features pond. Biological filtration entails breaking down fish waste and any other impurities using beneficial bacteria to naturally clean unwanted pollutants. On the other hand, mechanical filtration utilizes a physical filter that strains particles. If you want even more water clarity, look for a pond filter that incorporates an ultraviolet classifier (UVC) in it to get rid of algae effectively. The article here explains the mechanism of UV Clarifiers even further. Take into account your pond’s size in gallons to determine the appropriate filter capacity for it.
The rule of thumb is basically the bigger the filter, the more effective it is at covering the surface area of your outdoor fountains. However, the volume of water on your pond will give you the minimum filter capacity necessary for your pond to be kept in tip top shape. Also, while there may be a lot of filters in the market today, not all of them are created equal. Make sure you purchase one from a company that you can trust and one year warranty if not two would be best. Getting a good pond filter is the first step towards a clean pond that’s full of life.
March 19, 2009
Peace … what does the word really mean? Have you ever achieved peace? Do people want to have peace? A lot of questions are being asked by people towards peace that are very difficult to answer in a complicated way. The people never dare to search for the answers. Maybe, they remain silent as a lamb.
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We have different views to define peace in an implied way with a distinct perspective. Allow me to share to you the real meaning of "peace," which is always uttered by people nowadays. According to Benedict de Spinoza, "Peace is not an absence of war; on the contrary, it is a virtue, and a state of mind, disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice." We, people, are not able to realize the peace until we realize that it is a must for all of us as human beings. The word "peace" has its deeper meaning that even scientists have not yet discovered the peace in its profound essence to mankind. It’s a deeper meaning in which the people could satisfy their needs and inevitable hunger to experience.
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The search of peace is as old as a recorded history. It is motivated by religious, moral and pragmatic considerations. Besides, peace advocates individually and collectively, and has used all kinds of persuasion to insist on ceasing war from occurring without violence to erupt like lava emitting from the tip-cone of the volcano. Working together for peace not only in Asian countries but also the entire countries in the world is such a nice commencement of spreading the notion for long-lasting peace throughout the world. Based on factual data as rooted from history, Vietnam and the Philippines are just examples of those countries that lack peace within their territories, that’s why they must start the implementation of peace so that other countries could ensue with them ecstatically that geared towards reforms for the benefits of the masses.
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June 28, 2008
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Sta. Elena High School takes part in the 1st Marikina Web Awards represented by Mr. Ryan Lee Regencia, an ICT Teacher, and Kevin Dale Sumang, an incoming fourth year student, as web designers.
The contest is divided into 3 categories: Barangay - 16 participants, Public High School - 10 participants, and Public Elementary - 17 participants.
Each group is expected to submit a static web site with 4 to 7 web pages allotted with 15MB of memory. Websites are expected to contain profiles and other vital information pertaining to the represented barangay or school.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: Content - 35%; Design - 25%, Usability - 20%, and Functionality - 20%. Deadline of submission of entries is on May 30. Judging will start May 31 - June 6 and the awards night is scheduled on June 13, 2008 at Teatro Marikina.
The Marikina Web Awards is the first ever website competition in Marikina, inspired by the recently conferred honors, Best Website (E-Local Government Unit category) and People’s Choice Award, to the City Government of Marikina during the 10th Philippine Web Awards.
The Philippine Web Awards (PWA) is an award-giving body that annually recognizes the best Filipino-created Websites and honors the individuals and teams behind them. The PWA continues to attract participants here and abroad and gain support from major industry players.
Nat’l student skills contest set in Baguio By TONY PE. RIMANDO BAGUIO CITY — A national skills competition for public elementary and secondary school children will be staged by the Department of Education (DepEd) on Nov. 16-24 at the Teachers Camp here.
Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapuz announced, through DepEd Memorandum No. 346, series of 2006, that the week-long contest will be participated in by students who are members of the Student Technologist and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) from 17 education regions.
Joey G. Pelaez, director of DepEd’s Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA), said STEP is DepEd’s cocurricular organization which provides students with technology and livelihood education (TLE) practical experiences, technical know-how in home economics, agricultural technology, industrial arts, entrepreneurship and ICT while developing their leadership abilities and personal skills to strengthen national competitiveness and productivity.
Pelaez said the various skills to be contested under four major categories are:
Home Economics – Creative hairstyle and facial make-up, pattern drafting and ladies long pants construction, table setting, birthday cake decorating, Frenchtype sardines making, and cocktail mixing.
Agricultural Technology – Dish gardening, asexual propagation, bangus deboning, project proposals for animal production.
Industrial Arts – Mural painting, Residential wiring, installation, preparation of a house plan, flower post stand, starter motor assembly, plumbing, masonry work, and photographic printing screen preparation, and T-shirt printing.
Entrepreneurship and Information and Communications Technology – Spreadsheet, Homepage development, Newsletter for a livelihood publication, ICT-assisted project proposal.
Taken during the recent 5th STEP National
Competition in Baguio City with Undersecretary
Ramon Bacani in the middle as guest speaker
and Jean L. BejaNo ES - 1, TLE / EPP,
Davao City Division.
5th STEP National Competition held in Baguio City
bringing the STEP Regional Flag on stage
together with the Regional and Division
Supervisors from left: Jean Aldeguer,
Jean L. Bejano, Nestoria Limosnero, Ed.D.
and Alpha Palconit, Ed.D.
Regional & National Champion Awardees 2006
Director Pelaez announces National STEP competition 2007 in Davao
Executive Director Joey G. Pelaez of the Center for
Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA) presented
the school leaders of each division holding a position in the
Regional Federation of Supreme Student Government
(RFSSG) to the media, school supervisors, teacher-advisers, and school leaders from the different schools in the Waling-waling Hall on October 1, 2007.
Director Pelaez also announced the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines National Skills Development and Competition (STEP-NSDC) on November 19-24, 2007 at Jose Maria College, Davao City with 10 competitions in the elementary level and 30 different competitions in the secondary level.
Ma-a NHS’ Soliver Mazo won 2nd Place in STEP Competition
It was a great day for Ma-a NHS for winning another Division wide ICT contest and this time in DepEd’s 7th STEP ICT Competition held at the Davao City National High School campus. Soliver Mazo of IV-Rizal built a fancy homepage as his entry for STEP’s Homepage Building Contest and the judges decided that it was the 2nd best homepage created in the competition.
The contestants were given a task to make a homepage about the significance of this year’s STEP Competition. The contestants were judge in the following criteria: Layout and design, Content, Non linear features and Presentation (elevator pitch style)
Soliver Mazo’s homepage was one of the most sophisticated in the contest featuring rollover images (he is the only one who used that particular technique), hyperlinks, embedded images and advance layout e.g. feathered borders. But, the judges thinked that the ultra-feminine homepage from the girl contestant of DCNHS, who used stylish frames, was the best.
Ma-a NHS also won 3 other events in the STEP Competition and they are Wilfredo Ambrocio of IV- Rizal won 1st place in Cocktail Mixing and Bartending, Allan Cordero of IV - Bonifacio won 4th place in Hair Fashion and Mharry Jhoe Venturado of IV - Rizal in Sardine Mixing. Good job for the Ma-a NHS delegates for the successful participation of the said event.
STEP: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives
The 6th STEP-NSDC kicks off with the theme “STEP: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives”. It will also feature Elementary level’s additional skills like book binding, marcotting and flower arrangement. The competition, which will be hosted by DepED Region XI and DepEd Davao City Division, will be held on November 19-24, 2007 in Davao City.
In a DepEd press release, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus emphasized the role of STEP in the government’s “job-skills matching” programs. “The role of technology in expanding opportunities for entrepreneurship will be highlighted in this six-day event. Technology paired with entrepreneurial possibilities will translate to generation of job opportunities,” Lapus said.
High lights of the event is the awarding ceremony in which the participants by Region will present their tradional dance. Famous presentor are Baguio - igorot ritual, Bacolod ati atihan and Cebu Sinulog. Areas to be included in the Skills Development Program are: Home Economics, Agricultural Technology, Industrial Arts, and Retail Trade.
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September 5, 2007
MANILA, Philippines — The integration of information technology in basic education and making it free as a college course are being pushed by two lawmakers at the House of Representatives who filed separate bills on the proposal.
Marikina Representative Marcelino Teodoro filed House Bill No. 8 seeking the inclusion of IT as a compulsory subject in public and private elementary and high schools.
“Whereas before, intelligence and emotional quotient would be sufficient for the holistic development of a child, we could no longer limit ourselves to these factors considering the changing of time," Teodoro said.
He stressed in his proposal that teaching IT in schools would encourage young people to put technology to good use, as well as make them more globally competitive when they grow up.
Cebu City First District Raul Del Mar filed House Bill 442 mandating students to avail of free college IT education from state universities and colleges.
Del Mar said the bill, to be known as the "Free Information and Communication Technology College Education Act of 2001," seeks to provide a two-year free college education in ICT courses to all high school graduates of public schools.
The proposal also indicates that the funds for the free college IT education will come from the National Treasury, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education.
The funds needed in the ensuing fiscal years for the program’s implementation shall be included in the appropriations of the State universities and colleges in the General Appropriations Act.
The bill also mandates the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to formulate a two-year college curriculum geared towards providing students with training or skills consistent with the manpower demands of a highly competitive business environment.
"Given the present business practice that places a premium on formal post-secondary education or college training, and given the sheer number of graduates of our public school system, this proposed legislation is a first concrete step towards providing the deserving graduates of our public high school with appropriate quality college education keyed to the demands of a highly competitive marketplace," Del Mar said.
The beneficiaries will have the right to choose the public or state college or university within the city, province or region, as the case may be to enjoy the free college education program.
July 29, 2007
DepEd to step up student entrepreneurship program
<br>The Department of Education (DepEd), through its Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA), will launch the thrusts and schedule of activities for the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) for School Year 2007-2008. This activity will be hosted by DepEd Region XI and the DepEd Division of Davao City on
November 19-24, 2007.
This year’s theme, STEP: Upgrading Skills, Improving Lives, puts a premium on the participation of school-based organizations in disseminating skills and knowledge on technical and vocational
education. Launching the thrusts and schedule of activities of the STEP Program is part of the department’s efforts to provide a venue where students from both public and private schools can gain relevant knowledge and skills on technical and vocational education. “Our utmost concern in the department is the mismatch between the number of graduates schools produce and the number of available jobs most of which require vocational skills and knowledge,” DepEd Secretary
Jesli Lapus said. “Millions of college diploma holders are still
unemployed despite the huge demand for skilled workers.” <br>
Areas to be included in the Skills Development Program are: Home Economics, Agricultural Technology, Industrial Arts, and Retail Trade. Students from both elementary and secondary levels will get to avail of these course offerings by DepEd-CSCA. These courses aim to mainstream technical-vocational education in both public and private schools and increase technical aptitude among the students.
“The role of technology in expanding opportunities for entrepreneurship will be highlighted in this six-day event,” Lapus stressed. “Technology paired with entrepreneurial possibilities will translate to generation of job opportunities.”
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July 21, 2007
Perhaps one of the best Regional STEP experience is the last STEP Regional SDC held in Siquijor" Island in the town of Larena. First thing that i like there is that we stay in congcrete room. We were billeted at Siquijor State College. Second thing is that the town is really mistique because the people there sleep early so you will not hear noise from neighbors unlike here in Cebu where you have to get head ache of noise polution. The people there are so hospitable and very responsible. They will lissen to your opinion and suggestions. The road is concrete and there are transportation in every ports. The street are so clean with nice land scapping. Gosh i just we hope there are more time to go arround.
The ship that transport us there is big enough to accomodate us. We landed to Siquijor town and we ride a jeep going to Larena. Its about 30 minutes travel. Since Siquijor still young province, you will feel the cold temperature cause by the trees and seas.
The best thing that i considered as asset of Siquijor is the white sands. Gosh i am dying to swim but i have duty as contest consultant and the same time i have 3 students to watch for. I just hope that STEP organizer will give time to participants to travel around in their place. Of course they should provide map or guide on much visited places.
To the Siquijor folks, you could be the next tourist spot. Work on it and envite STEP again
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July 16, 2007
The recent STEP Competition still suffer from complaint from coach and participants. It is because of the unclear, not updated (with respect to technology) contest guidelines. Everyone should bear in mind that the guidelines came from DEPED Central Office formulated by the member and officers of the organization. It also suffer bugs since the age today keep of changing like MS Word 2003 to Ms Word 2008. So the process, approaches and system in the competition always change too specially if involves location of the competition and level of difficulties.
In a recent National STEP NSDC held in Baguio City, I to discussed the guidelines with the speakers and participants from various region. Not surprisingly, the responsed of the National organizer is the same ” you can not add or subtract and rules in the guidelines ” any changes of the guidelines should pass the proper procedure which can only be happen during deliberation of Laws and guidelines by the National Advisers and Officers.
Judging to the occasion, we members in far places have to accept the fact that the guidelines will not dramatically change according to our will. What we can do is to prepare for the best performance, flexible to the situation, ready for the changes, innovative in ideas so that you will not react with judgement of the winners and possible changes during competition.
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July 15, 2007
Welcome to the members of STUDENT Technologists and Entrepreneur of the Philippines.
This is the site where you can post your message, comments, news, announcements, ideas and suggestions. Please be reminded to practice professionalism and always used civilized wording.
Sa mga member ng STEP Goodluck