Reblog: It’s all about Moringa (Malunggay) – Discover the Benefits of This Awesome Tree!

Reblog: It’s all about Moringa (Malunggay) – Discover the Benefits of This Awesome Tree!

 

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases.Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,”…

 

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Blogger or Journalist – Mr. Edibiz Wordsmith

Blogger or Journalist – Mr. Edibiz Wordsmith

You have been blogging for a while now. You think it is a bit too late to realize that your passion comes from writing wide varieties of subjects. “I should have started blogging earlier,” you may have thought to yourself. But you are also wondering whether you really are a blogger, a journalist, or but a frustrated writer. Here are some of the key differences between a blogger and a journalist.

Being a Journalist

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Of course, anyone can be a blogger but being a journalist involves taking Bachelors Degree in Journalism. A journalist works and writes for a company. He writes about recent news, may express his opinion in an editorial, may censor his own works before his editor reviews his, may be a photojournalist or working with a photographer or cameraman. His company pays him for it. One of the pros of being a journalist is he gets to interview celebrities and powerful politicians (or is it really an advantage?). He might also get a chance to be seen on TV as a reporter or broadcaster.

Some might ask “Can I be rich being a journalist?” The popular answer to this question is “no”. However, many might be surprised to learn that some journalists are making large amount of money for being one. You may check out the list of journalists having a net worth of at least $500,000 from here (opens in a new tab). As you may have noticed, most of them are working for television companies as presenters, weather forecasters, sports writers, or documentary filmmakers. Of course, not all journalists become TV presenters. Thus, not so many journalists become rich.

It is interesting to note, however, that some journalists have turned into blogging. What does it exactly mean to be a blogger though? A blogger extends to what we may call as “Mr. Edibiz Wordsmith”.

Introducing Mr. Edibiz Wordsmith!

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I coined this name from the noun “wordsmith” which means “someone who is skilled with using words, especially in writing.” Therefore, ”Mr. Edibiz Wordsmith”  means a blogger who writes about a particular subject, self-censor his works as an editor , he may also be his own photographer, writes like a columnist does, makes a story and try to market its content online to monetize it.

Blogging has become extremely popular tool for individuals with different interests and aims. Anyone who would like to express political views or commentaries, a traveler who likes to share his memorable photos on his travel blog, businessmen who are looking to boost their companies’ sales or someone who would like to monetize the content of his website by joining CPC (PPC) programs, are maximizing the use of blogging. In fact, some bloggers earn thousands of dollars monthly just by blogging. Michael Arrington, for example, is earning around $800,000 per month! Click here (opens in a new tab) to view the top 10 richest bloggers of 2015.

If you haven’t started blogging yet, you may want to learn the steps in making your own. I will make simple tutorials on how to make a website and blogs and will post them in the future. I highly recommend WordPress platform when you want to have a fresh, clean looking website with easy navigation and excellent technical support.

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Journalists and bloggers alike play important roles in the information explosion of the 21st century. Readers have the right to know the facts and read unbiased news. That is why journalists and bloggers need to verify their sources first when publishing their works both in prints and online. I often hear the phrase “responsible journalism” on TV. Well, I think bloggers need to be responsible as well. So let’s make the phrase “responsible blogging and journalism”. Never allow self-righteousness, greed, and fear ruin your credibility and ideas.  Be responsible enough for whatever materials you publish and maintain your integrity. Avoid the trap of sensationalism just to gain more website traffic or, when it comes to traditional media, popularity. Together, let us use our fingertips in making others’ lives better.

 

 

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Human Rights Violation Against Conscientious Objectors – Will it Ever End?

Human Rights Violation Against Conscientious Objectors – Will it Ever End?

If your religious beliefs stop you from joining military service, one of the toughest challenges you would face is to whether adhere to those principles or follow your government order to join the military. In South Korea, for instance, courts have sentenced over 18,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in prison since 1950 for refusing to serve in the military. As of July 2016, 496 Jehovah’s Witnesses were imprisoned as conscientious objectors in South Korea, 55 in Eritrea, 14 in Singapore, 1 in Nagorno-Karabakh, and 1 in Turkmenistan. (For more information as to why Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to serve for military service, click on this link.)

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18, paragraphs 1 and 2 states:
“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”

“No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.”

The European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9, paragraph 1 states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Some countries have changed their policies regarding the penalizing of conscientious objectors and have complied with these international laws. One of these is Armenia which has released all of its imprisoned conscientious objectors in 2013 and adopted alternative civilian service for them. But will other countries follow?

 

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Why I Still Love Chinese People – from a Filipino Standpoint

Why I Still Love Chinese People – from a Filipino Standpoint

Recently, many were shocked after watching a viral video on social media showing a “corporate coach” spanking employees in public due to their “poor performance”.  And there is news about a certain festival in which attendees often eat dog meat. What’s the common denominator? It all happened in China. These controversies sparked debates among netizens.

If you’re a Filipino, it is generally known, or you may have at least heard the South China Sea (aka West Philippine Sea) dispute. I’ve read a lot of hate comments on social media between Chinese and Filipinos both being racists to one another. Basketball is not an exemption either. When the Philippine basketball team (Gilas Pilipinas) went up against China basketball team in the finals of 2015 FIBA Men’s Asia Championship, many claimed the game was rigged in favor of the home team. Afterward, racist comments bombarded the social media both from Chinese and Filipinos calling each other derogatory names.

We are living in an era when racism and stereotyping become a norm and prejudice is eminent. One of the saddest parts, though, is that the news media organizations would make things worse by giving us incomplete, if not twisted information, which would favor their political views. Do these mean we can no longer apply what we preach – to love our neighbors?

Why Love Our Neighbors

If you’re a genuine Christian, it doesn’t matter where you live or what your race is. Be it Chinese, Filipino, American, or German, we are all humans. Thinking your country is superior to the others is a shame and folly. Each country has its own positive and negative sides. Even residents of a particular country aren’t all the same individuals. We can’t trust common stereotypes as stereotyping often leads to prejudice and racism. If we would like to live a life like what Jesus Christ had on earth, let’s stop condemning other people just because of their nationality, their looks or the color of their skin and the way they speak.

Not all Chinese eat dog meat; many of them are advocates for animal welfare. Not all Chinese are rude and greedy; many of them are polite, hospitable and humble. Stop generalizing. Let’s stop this stupidity.

 

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