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Gov’t imposes scheduling system for boats headed to Boracay

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MANILA – A scheduling system will be implemented for boats servicing the Caticlan-Boracay route, an Environment official said Friday, a week before Boracay Island reopens for tourists.

The new scheduling system for boats was implemented as the government continues to find ways to limit the number of tourists and workers staying in the congested island.

“Hindi natin babawasan ‘yung boats but we will be regulating them through scheduling,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Sherwin Rigor said. – ABS-CBN News

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Red Meat Hurts Your Heart, Right? Scientists Find That May Not Be True

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  • A new study finds that eating red meat isn’t associated with an increased risk of cancer or heart disease.
  • This goes against long-held scientific opinion that red meat is associated with an increased risk of certain health conditions.
  • But experts say this doesn’t mean you can eat burgers every day, and that more research needs to be done.

We’ve heard it for years: Cut back on red meat in favor of lean meats like fish or chicken. But now researchers say there’s evidence red meat may not be quite as bad for our health as we’ve thought.

A rigorous review of the evidence finds little to no health benefit from reducing red or processed meat consumption from average levels. But don’t think this means you can go and have a burger every day.

The findings were published trusted Source today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Via HealthLine.com

 

 

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Too Much Bubble Tea Can Make You Constipated

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Many individuals seek the refreshing taste of bubble tea as a cool treat on a hot day. However, a recent report made by the digital news platform Asia One is slowly making enthusiasts of the drink wonder if it indeed poses serious health problems.

According to the statement, a 14-year-old was rushed to a Chinese hospital because of stomach pains that were believed to have been caused by drinking too much bubble tea that contains about a hundred tapioca pearls. The doctors who observed the patient said that those pearls might have build up inside her body, resulting in a blockage.

At first glance, it seems like a sensationalized narrative, but it did take place. If there is anything that one needs to learn from the situation, it is to enjoy things in moderation.

Dr. Ryan Marino, an emergency physician at UPMC in Pittsburgh, admits that it could be possible for tapioca to stick together in the stomach which may eventually lead to constipation.

He believes that such a situation is supported by the possibility of uncooked and undercooked tapioca pearls that are not easily digested by the stomach. He also thinks that to experience a severe problem, one would have to drink large amounts of bubble tea. Allegedly, the girl revealed that she drank one bubble tea before being rushed to the hospital.

There are indeed many causes of constipation that people may not be aware of. Truly, drinking bubble tea is one of these causes. That said, Marino emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

He said that the amount of water people drink in a day could make them more or less constipated as well. Therefore, someone who drinks bubble tea way too much and getting a significant blockage is an extreme example. If one is drinking something that is doused in sugar, it is crucial to keep the body hydrated.

The verdict? Always remember to drink bubble tea sparingly. If people want to enjoy their boba, the first step that should be taken into account is the regular habits one need to do like drinking plenty of water.

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Colorful hot air balloons soar in Lubao

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LUBAO, Pampanga – More than 20 hot air balloons soared through the summer skies at the start of the 6th Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival on Friday.

The gates opened as early as 4 in the morning followed by the launch of several hot air balloons at 5:30 a.m.

“The weather seems to be cooperating. We had some glitches last night with some of the equipment failure, nag-check ‘yung pilots but we were able to address them all,” said event chairman Noel Castro.

There are 10 specially shaped hot air balloons like the polar bear, Elvis Presley, crib, blue chicken, pig and a lot more, all flying for the first time in the Philippines.

“Umalis kami ng 1:30 from Pasay and then dumating kami dito around 4 in the morning so just in time for the opening of the gates…so far so good,” said Rachel Anne Dajao.

(We left Pasay at 1:30 and arrived here at 4 in the morning just in time for the opening of the gates. So far so good.)

Balloon pilots were also thankful for the good weather Friday.

The event will also feature aerial shows, ultralight, and car shows, off-road and rallycross as well as a fireworks display and a music festival from the hottest bands and artist.

The price for general admission is at P350 while a hot air balloon ride costs about P15,000 and a tethered balloon ride at P1,500 only.

The event will run until Sunday, April 7, 2019.

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