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Issue #132 - July 2008

Perspectives
The Non-Proliferation Treaty Turns Forty by David Krieger
Debating Article VI by David Krieger
A Powerful Peace by Jonathan Schell
No Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with George Shultz by Sarah van Gelder
US Nuclear Policy
The US-India Deal: Why It Will Fail
Nuclear Proliferation
Mofaz Declares Attack on Iran “Unavoidable”
New International Disarmament Group Announced
North Korea on the Right Track
Nuclear Insanity
National (In) Security: Air Force Reports on Inadequate Security of US Nuclear Arsenal
British Warheads Could Accidentally Explode
Resources
2008 Global Peace Index
The Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
America in Peril
Foundation Activities
NAPF Appeal Endorsed by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash
Think Outside the Bomb in Boston: August 14-17
L.A.-Area Nuclear Disarmament Coalition Conference
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Perspectives
The Non-Proliferation Treaty Turns Forty
by David Krieger

July 1, 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) being opened for signatures. The true purpose of this treaty has always been two-fold: to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve nuclear disarmament; in other words, to create a level playing field in which there are no nuclear weapons. In the preamble to the treaty, the parties declare their “intention to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake effective measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament.”

The treaty recognized five states as nuclear weapons states: the United States, Soviet Union (now Russia), United Kingdom, France and China. Three countries never joined the Treaty – Israel, India and Pakistan – and all three have subsequently developed nuclear arsenals. One country, North Korea, withdrew from the treaty and tested a nuclear device in 2006.

To read more, visit: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/07/02_krieger_npt_forty.php.

Debating Article VI
by David Krieger

Christopher Ford’s article, “Debating Disarmament, Interpreting Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” (Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, November 2007), ends with a disclaimer, “The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of the State Department or the US government.” Ford’s views, however, seem extremely closely aligned with those of the State Department, which he joined in 2003 and where he currently serves as the United States Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) states: “Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.” This article is the principal tradeoff in the NPT, in which the non-nuclear weapon states are given the promise that the playing field will be leveled by “negotiations in good faith on...nuclear disarmament.”

To read more, visit: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/06/24_krieger_debating_article_vi.php.

A Powerful Peace
by Jonathan Schell

If the nuclear powers wish to be safe from nuclear weapons, they must surrender their own.

With each year that passes, nuclear weapons provide their possessors with less safety while provoking more danger. Possession of nuclear arms provokes proliferation. Both nourish the global nuclear infrastructure, which in turn enlarges the possibility of acquisition by terrorist groups.

The step that is needed to break this cycle can be as little doubted as the source of the problem. The double standard of nuclear haves and have-nots must be replaced by a single standard, which can only be the goal of a world free of all nuclear weapons.

To read more, visit: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/06/06_schell_powerful_peace.php.

No Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with George Shultz
by Sarah van Gelder

George Shultz was there when nuclear disarmament slipped through our fingers. Today, he says, action is even more urgent. Sarah van Gelder, of Yes! Magazine, interviews George Shultz, former Secretary of State.


Sarah: Can the United States be secure without its nuclear stockpile?

Shultz: You’re going to be more secure if there are no nuclear weapons in the world, because if you achieve this goal, you won’t be risking having nuclear weapons blow up in one of our cities.

At the conferences abroad I’ve been attending, it was certainly borne in on me that the notion of a two-tiered world—where some countries can have nuclear weapons and others can’t—is getting less and less acceptable.

The Nonproliferation Treaty in Article 6 says that those who don’t have nuclear weapons will have access to nuclear power technology and they won’t try to get nuclear weapons, and those who do have nuclear weapons will phase down their importance eventually to zero. People are looking for governments to live up to that treaty.

To read more, visit: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/06/06_gelder_shultz_interview.php.

US Nuclear Policy
The US-India Deal: Why It Will Fail
Introduced in 2005, the US-India Deal proposes to trade US atomic fuel and technology to India to be used for civilian nuclear energy in an attempt to strengthen bilateral political ties as well as India’s economy. The IAEA would be allowed to inspect civilian nuclear facilities, but not military nuclear facilities.

On June 25, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Karat again signaled to Prime Minister Singh that he did not want the US-India nuclear deal to go forward. Karat met with Singh’s External Affairs Minister Mukherjee, rejecting any compromise on the nuclear deal. Earlier that week, Karat threatened to call for midterm elections if Singh did not abandon the US-India Deal. Singh has not yet capitulated to Karat, but future meetings with the CPI-M will be scheduled.

As the prominent force of the Left Wing, CPI-M has influence over 60 seats in India’s Lower House, and thus power to affect Singh’s election. CPI-M’s ideology of Indian independence from the US has often conflicted with Singh’s National Congress Party policies.

President Bush is determined to take the deal to the next level before he leaves office by consulting with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to waive India’s restrictions on engaging in nuclear commerce. In December 2006, Bush reasoned that the NSG was an international body with no jurisdiction over US law and its rules were thus “advisory.” This marks a three-decade break from past US policy, which has been in accordance with international nuclear law, specifically the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The NPT calls upon states to end nuclear proliferation, disarm current arsenals, and secure compliant states’ rights to peaceful nuclear energy. Article III prohibits nuclear commerce between a nuclear state (US, UK, France, China, and Russia) and a non-nuclear state unless proper safeguards are effected. Since India is absent from the 188 signatories to the NPT and is now a nuclear state, it is questionable whether this Article would prohibit the US-India Deal. However, it is clear that the NPT did not intend for a signatory state to reward a non-signatory nuclear state with nuclear trade. According to British columnist George Monbiot, the US-India Deal may destroy the NPT regime with the result being a world “more vulnerable to the consequences of proliferation than it has been for 35 years.” On the other hand, Singh argues that India is a democracy and can be trusted with nuclear capacity. Stemming from fears of Pakistan and China, Singh believes that nuclear weapons are essential for national security.

Although Singh is unlikely to actively use nuclear weapons, the US-India Deal sets a precedent for the US to pick which countries can and cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons.

“An Opportunity in a Deal's Demise,” Financial Times, June 25, 2008.

David R. Sands, “Left Parties Block Nuclear Deal with US: Allies to Meet in New Delhi,” Washington Times, June 25, 2008.

“No Progress After Indian Leaders Meet on Future of Controversial US Nuclear Deal,” Associated Press, June 25, 2008.

Nuclear Proliferation
Mofaz Declares Attack on Iran “Unavoidable”
On June 6, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz declared that if the Iranians continue their nuclear program, an Israeli attack would be “unavoidable.” Mofaz has been accused of making such statements for political gain. Sincere or not, his comments rattled the international community politically and economically, serving as a reminder of why a military strike might be worth avoiding.

Since Mofaz is the Minister of Transportation and not the Minister of Defense (though he held the post until 2006), it is unlikely that his statements reflected a change in Israeli policy. However, the Deputy Prime Minister’s words have largely been blamed for the recent $11 spike in international oil prices- a result which, ironically, benefits Iran and its oil industry.

However, the escalating international tension surrounding Iran’s nuclear program is not merely rhetorical. In mid-June, Israel performed a recent defense drill in the Mediterranean that simulated an attack on Iran’s Natanz site. The drill was to remind Iran that Israel could strike its nuclear facilities, destroying the technology it is using for its energy program. The strategy behind such showboating is that an actual attack would be so destructive that Iran would avoid it at all costs.

Unfortunately, this same logic leads Iran to conclude that Israel would not attack Iran because its consequences would be even more disastrous. Since the Iranian nuclear program is spread throughout the country, with much of it underground, it is highly unlikely that an Israeli attack would be able to destroy it in one strike. Numerous Iranian editorials have argued that, while an attack would not dramatically change Iran’s nuclear capabilities, it would fundamentally change the goals of that technology to admittedly less peaceful ones. Additionally, Iran has threatened to retaliate with its conventional arsenal against Israel, as well as against the 150,000 American soldiers in Iraq.

Director General of the IAEA Mohamed Elbaradei stated in a recent interview with Al-Arabiyya that a strike on Iranian facilities would turn the Middle Eastern region into “a ball of fire.” With other diplomatic avenues still on the table, it seems retribution for an Israeli (or for that matter, American) attack on Iran is the only outcome that would be truly unavoidable.

Dan Williams, “Israel Attack on Iran ‘Unavoidable’ - Olmert Deputy,” Reuters, June 6, 2008.

New International Disarmament Group Announced
On June 9, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heralded a newly formed international nuclear disarmament body. The International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament will be headed by former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans and a co-chair selected by Rudd and Japanese Prime Minister Fukada later this month.

Rudd made the announcement during a speech in Kyoto just hours after visiting the city of Hiroshima. There, he toured the museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the 1945 nuclear attack by the United States; the Prime Minister laid a wreath to commemorate the victims, later calling on “the world community to resolve afresh that all humankind must exert their every effort for peace in this 21st century.”

The International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament will take the place of the now defunct Canberra Commission, which then-Prime Minister Paul Keating established in 1995. The Commission is expected to report to the 2009 preparatory meeting for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Australia’s position on nuclear weapons during the Rudd government has been remarkably consistent and optimistic. Though the country has vast uranium deposits, Rudd aims to simultaneously maintain a healthy economy and the integrity of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Prime Minister recently responded to a question about the US-India deal by reiterating Australia’s policy of not selling uranium to India, a NPT non-signatory.

Matthew Franklin, “PM Kevin Rudd’s New Mission to Ban Nuclear Weapons,” The Australian, June 10, 2008.

North Korea on the Right Track
On June 26, North Korea submitted reports of its capabilities in nuclear power and weapons to Chinese negotiators for outside inspection. Almost immediately, the US responded that it would remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism within 45 days.

Then, on June 27, North Korea symbolically blew up the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear reactor. The next step is for Pyongyang to dismantle and abandon its weapons.

This marks the beginning of North Korea’s reintegration with the rest of the world and its ability to receive US aid and assistance. Under its current leader Kim Jong-il, North Korea has experienced international isolation and widespread starvation.

Critics say the US was too soft in dealing with North Korea. However, Condoleezza Rice and the Bush Administration maintain that quantifying North Korea’s production of plutonium is critical to US national security. North Korea may have produced enough plutonium to make six bombs.

Further six-party talks (between China, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Russia, and US) will focus on areas that North Korea’s declaration do not address. These include the nuclear weapons already produced by North Korea, an alleged secret uranium enrichment program (that started the 2002 controversy), and ties with Syrian nuclear development.

Norimitsu Onishi and Edward Wong, “US to Take North Korea Off Terror List,” New York Times, June 27, 2008.

Nuclear Insanity
National (In) Security: Air Force Reports on Inadequate Security of US Nuclear Arsenal
The Federation of American Scientists has released a partially declassified version of a report by the Defense Science Board, entitled the Air Force Blue Ribbon Review on Nuclear Weapons Policies and Procedures, which carries serious implications for nuclear weapons and national security. While the Review centers around US nuclear weapons deployed in Europe, other Air Force-related events involving nuclear weapons security lead one to question just how secure such weapons make America today.

Shortly after the report was released, it was announced that the US has removed its 110 nuclear weapons from the Lakenheath base in the United Kingdom.

Detailing security concerns regarding US nuclear weapons deployed in Europe, the Review cites a lack of experience amongst Air Force personnel charged with supervising nuclear weapons storage sites in Europe, in addition to facilities in desperate need of repair and mandatory advance notice of site inspections. Other recent security lapses involve six nuclear-tipped missiles flown accidentally from North Dakota to Louisiana, and electric fuses for ballistic missiles shipped to Taiwan unnoticed until 17 months later.

When the newly appointed Strategic Posture Commission convenes this month, one of its mandates is to evaluate US nuclear infrastructure, as well as military capabilities to support the infrastructure as it stands today. The Commission will likely view the most recent Air Force report as critical in judging whether the military is capable of properly supporting and securing arsenals of US nuclear weapons both domestically and abroad.

The above events are especially alarming when faced with the threat of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons. Not only is the threat of nuclear terrorism very real, but it seems that the people in charge of securing US nuclear weapons are not doing a very good job. Think about it – a plane loaded with nuclear missiles was able to travel from North Dakota to Louisiana undetected! Imagine if the people flying the plane had not been Air Force pilots? Furthermore, it was recently reported by the Financial Times that hundreds of nuclear missile components have gone missing from the US arsenal. Even if hundreds of nuclear missile components are merely blips on the radar, the lack of attention being paid to nuclear weapons security is evident.

With hundreds of nuclear missile components missing and other components being shipped overseas without authorization, it appears that the nuclear weapons and weapons components in the US arsenal are only making Americans less safe and secure. If arsenals aren’t properly protected, arguments for nuclear weapons being a means of protection against external threats are moot. The American people are left vulnerable. It is now time to consider that nuclear weapons may actually be compromising US national security.

Hans Kristensen, “USAF Report: ‘Most’ Nuclear Weapon Sites in Europe Do Not Meet US Security Requirements,” Federation of American Scientists, June 19, 2008.

Demetri Sevastopulo, “US N-Weapons Parts Missing, Pentagon Says,” Financial Times, June 19, 2008.

British Warheads Could Accidentally Explode
Last month, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) warned in a declassified manual that some British warheads could set off a popcorn-like chain reaction.

On Thursday, the New Scientist repeated the findings of the MoD that had been declassified in a manual one month ago: A design flaw in some British warheads could set off a chain explosion, “like popcorn,” if dropped. The “popcorn effect” is when one weapon explodes causing another to explode and so on. Current defense companies claim this won’t happen because the warheads are “singe-point safe,” meaning a sudden knock at a single point should not detonate the plutonium core. However, the MoD manual suggests that being “single-point safe” does not protect against “popcorning.”

The MoD recommends that warheads be multiple-point safe and that the highly sensitive explosives surrounding their plutonium cores be replaced. Less sensitive explosives would be heavier and bulkier, meaning the warheads would have to be redesigned.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration agrees that the MoD’s recommendations would “enhance” security, but maintains that current warheads “were, are and continue to be assessed as safe.”

A typical Trident missile contains three to six warheads and submarines can carry up to 24 missiles. Although the MoD admits that “popcorning” is only theoretically possible, it predicts that the worst case scenario could kill people a kilometer away.

Duncan Gardham, “Nuclear Missiles Could Blow Up ‘Like Popcorn’,” Daily Telegraph, June 27, 2008.

Resources
2008 Global Peace Index
The 2008 edition of the Global Peace Index was launched recently and gained significant attention in government and media.

The Global Peace Index is a ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. It is the first time that an index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.

Visit www.visionofhumanity.org to read the report and to see where your country ranks on the peace index.

The Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
The Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World (CNWFW) is a consortium of national, international and local organizations advocating practical steps to eliminate the nuclear threat. CNWFW works to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, end the pursuit of new warheads, and ensure that existing stockpiles are verifiably and irreversibly dismantled. The campaign is endorsed by 74 Coalition Partners representing a broad spectrum of non-governmental organizations in 23 US states.

For more information, visit: www.nuclearweaponsfree.org.

America in Peril
America in Peril by Bob Aldridge (Pasadena: Hope Publishing Company, 2008). Available at amazon.com by clicking here.

Bob Aldridge, a longtime Associate of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is a man of conscience. For more than 30 years he has tried to awaken America and the world to the perils of nuclear weapons. He has written such books as The Counterforce Syndrome: A Guide to US Nuclear Weapons and Strategic Doctrine (1978); First Strike: The Pentagon’s Strategy for Nuclear War (1979); and Nuclear Empire (1989).

His latest book, America in Peril (2008), takes a broader look at what America has become under an administration that seems to place little value on the Constitution, democracy, honesty, transparency, international law or human rights. The book recounts in page after fact-filled page the degradation of America’s most cherished values by the Bush administration. It is a painful book to read, but one that should be read by everyone who cares about restoring justice and decency in America and repairing its tattered image in the world.

The book brings together information on US torture, secrecy, official lies, attacks on due process, covert propaganda and, unfortunately, much more. It is a book that can help awaken Americans from their complacency to raise their voices against the secretive, bullying and aggressive nation that America has become during two terms of executive branch abuse by the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Foundation Activities
NAPF Appeal Endorsed by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has received the support of musicians Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash for the Appeal to the Next President, calling for US leadership for a nuclear weapons-free world.

These three principled musicians have joined the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and thousands of others around the world in calling on the next US President to provide leadership for a world free of nuclear weapons.

The Foundation is seeking one million signatures on the Appeal before the next President takes office in January 2009. Please help by spreading the word to everyone you know.

To read and sign the Appeal, visit www.wagingpeace.org/appeal.

Think Outside the Bomb in Boston: August 14-17
Each year the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation hosts a national youth conference called Think Outside the Bomb, which brings together dedicated young people from all over the US to learn, collaborate and renew their inspiration for a world free of nuclear weapons.

This year's conference will be held in Boston at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from August 14-17.

For more information about Think Outside the Bomb, visit www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org.

To apply for the August conference, visit http://www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org/menu/conference/2008_08_14_boston/apply.php.

L.A.-Area Nuclear Disarmament Coalition Conference
Save the date: Saturday, September 6 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation President David Krieger will speak at the “Building a Local Nuclear Disarmament Coalition with Global Aims” conference in Los Angeles, hosted by the Unity and Diversity General Assembly.

The intent is for this to be a working conference. The general public is welcome, but the key result here will be for existing organizations to get to know each other better and take concrete steps towards making the coalition a reality.

For more information, contact Rev. Leland Stewart at udcworld1@yahoo.com or (310) 391-5735, or Roger Eaton at rogerweaton@gmail.com or (310) 390-5220. See www.udcworld.org for conference details as the time approaches.

Quotes
“I hope the explosion of the cooling tower will make a contribution to peace, not only for the Korean peninsula but for the whole world.”

-- Lee Yong-ho, Director of Safeguards at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear plant, after the plant’s cooling tower was voluntarily destroyed on June 27, 2008.

“If this Bush nuclear deal moves forward [between the US and Saudi Arabia], Saudi Arabia's petrodollars could flow to the dangerous expansion of nuclear technologies in the most volatile region of the world.”

-- Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) in a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes?”

“To the extent that they [Russia] rely more and more on their nuclear capabilities, as opposed to what historically has been a huge Russian conventional military capability, it seems to me that it underscores the importance of our sustaining a valid - a nuclear deterrent - a modern nuclear deterrent.”

-- US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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SPEECH OF PRESIDENT GLORIA M. ARROYO

AT THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES OF SHANGRI-LA HOTEL,
THE F0RT, TAGUIG CITY

July 3, 2008

Thank you very much Secretary Yap for your introduction.

Sir Robert Kouk, Ambassador Cojuangco, our three Senators Ed Angara,
Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero, Cabinet members, Mayor Freddie Tinga,
other officers of the Kouk group and the San Miguel group, ladies
and gentlemen.

In the space of the last hour we have seen two laudable
objectives. One, that will go a long way to attracting visitors and
investors and enhancing our image as a choice tourist destination in
Asia; and the other, which will have a great impact towards food
self-sufficiency for our countrymen. Both are important, both redound
to the benefit of the Filipino people. To the Kouk group, thank
you for your faith in the Philippines.

I've met with Mr. Kouk in two of my working visits abroad, in two
of my visits abroad in Singapore and in Hongkong, the purpose of
which was to secure new commitments for job creation and
investments in the Philippines. And we are happy that our meetings
have borne such valuable fruit. We are encouraged by your
investing our country. Thank you very much, Sir Robert Kouk.

Shangri-la is one of our image models for demonstrating
that the Philippines has become an increasingly attractive
location for tourism investments, along with other services that you
will see already coming up and still to come up in this beautiful
development in Fort Bonifacio. Congratulations to Freddie Tinga and
congratulations also to the executives of Fort Bonifacio.

In fact, we think we are the best value and the best
place to invest in Asia. We offer a strategic location in a fast
growing region. Our work force is well-educated, productive and
English speaking. We are cutting red tape, especially, I am sure
here in Taguig, to simplify the requirements for investment.

In fact, in the Millennium Challenge Corporation in
Washington, when we were talking about our compliance with
requirements of the millennium challenge for governing well to fight
poverty, Taguig was one of our examples of a very business-friendly
environment in which it takes only a very short time to start a
business. Congratulations Freddie.

Our strengths are working to sustain our competitiveness
for investment. And we are happy to hear that aside from Shangri-la,
there will be four other hotels coming up here, but Freddie says
Shangri-la will definitely be the most luxurious of them all.

In the rest of our country, other heavy investments have been and are
coming in. Sir Robert already talked about Shangri-la Boracay. And
we have others -- huge investments like
Texas Instruments in its way for a fabrication plant in Clark
Economic Zone, which is attracting its suppliers and downstream
customers to come, and therefore promoting a whole industrial estate
within the Clark Economic Zone to cater to Texas Instruments'
customers and suppliers downstream.

Korea's Hanjin has a multi-billion dolllar shipyard in Subic, and
tomorrow we will be inaugurating their first large ship coming out of
there. Marubeni, Tokyo Electric, AES and other electric power giants
purchased power plants in the Philippines worth billions not to
mention Ashmore's purchase of controlling shares in Petron.

During our trip to New York, Libby's foods announced a $500 million
investment in a pineapple plantation and processing plant in Bicol. I
mention Libby's because as we have said earlier, we are glad to have
food investments in our country.

As our speakers have said earlier, there are big issues rocking the
world namely, the high price of food and fuel that is affecting
everyone around the globe but particularly the poor.

At every occasion, we work to help secure additional support for
stabilizing prices and ways to ensure food supplies. That is why to
the Kouk and San Miguel groups, thank you for answering the
government's call for private sector investment in the issue of food
security.

That Southeast Asia's largest food and beverage company and one of
the region's largest food, sugar and vegetable oil companies have
convened to launch this program feeding the future offers a signal
that food security transcends both the private sector, the public
sector and private institutions. It demands action from all sectors.

When government and private sector come together for public good, the
results can be powerful. So, we thank the Kouk and San Miguel groups
for your generosity, for your cooperation in food security.

And may I add, I would also like to thank you because I have a note
here that the San Miguel Corporation will be donating half a million
dollars for the victims of typhoon Frank, and that the Kouk group of
companies will also donate half a million dollars to match the
donation of San Miguel Corporation.

Thank you,thank you, thank you and see you all again when we
inaugurate Boracay Shangri-la in November.

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

/nita

Gigi



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Subject:[kgma] Statement of Cabinet Sec. Ricardo Saludo about the High Inflation
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Statement of Cabinet Secretary Ricardo Saludo: High inflation shows
need for cooperation to hold down prices

The Arroyo Administration achieved the lowest annual average inflation
of 5.5 percent till 2007, compared with previous administrations since
1986 but unbridled global oil and food price spikes have bring back
double-digit inflation, last seen a decade ago.

The current surge underscores the importance of ongoing
government-sectoral cooperation to curb price hikes.

The DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) and the DOE
(Department of Energy) have worked with transport groups to crack down
on kotong and colorum (that have been) hurting jeepneys, and have
offered P500M in loans to convert diesel engines into more economical
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) motors.

The DA (Department of Agriculture) is working with farmers, local
governments and lending bodies to boost rice production through FIELDS
(fertilizers, irrigation, seeds, etc.) initiative.

The P4B in oil VAT (value-added tax) is providing P2B assistance to
poor power consumers, P1B in student scholarships and loans, along
with engine and light bulb conversion funds; plus Pantawid Pamilya
cash aid and low-cost medicines and health insurance give further
relief to the indigent.

We must join hands to rein in prices.



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[kgma] PGMA's 10 day working visit to US defended 6/30/08

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – A ranking government official defended
today the 10-day working visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
saying the trip produced "results" and was far from the "useless
junket" yarn critics have hurled against the Chief Executive's latest
trip abroad.

Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said that the amount of pledges
and investments from investors in the United States proved that the
President's working visit was "very productive."

"In New York alone, she (the President) had seven business calls from
big companies. In fact, there is a potential of 15,700 additional jobs
that were committed by these companies – two of which are world
renowned fruit grower Libby's and electronics firm Texas Instruments,"
Fajardo said.

"And then there is this additional investment potential where the
country may earn up to US$ 560-million aside from the pledges from
Filipinos overseas of aid for the victims of typhoon "Frank,"" Fajardo
added.

She pointed out that the talks the President had with US government
officials specifically US President George W. Bush further
strengthened the already solid ties between the two countries as well
as hastened the passing of the long awaited Filipino Veterans Bill to law.

"So hindi useless ang trip ni Pangulo dahil marami siyang naging
accomplishement dito sa trip sa US," Fajardo said.

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Departure Statement of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on her visit
to the US
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Before we leave home tonight for the United States, we called a
meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) this noon
wherein we issued the following instructions:

1. Put the whole Department of National Defense (DND) and the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) into a
relief-and-rescue standby mode.

2. We ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) into
a repair-and-rehabilitation footing so work on damaged infrastructure
can begin once the weather clears up.

3. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD) shall forward-deploy resources to areas on
typhoon path. By law, Calamity Funds have been advanced to DND, DPWH
and DSWD, which means that the tools to provide care and comfort have
been pre-positioned in our first responders.

4. The Philippine Air Force (PAF), including the Presidential Airlift
Wing (PAW), are under orders to fly mercy missions, when the need arises.

5. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has been ordered to ensure stable
rice supply in affected areas. If Typhoon 'Frank' will bring flood,
Art will respond by flooding these areas with rice. If they will
exploit the situation, hoarders will soon find themselves in hot
water, a certainty Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales will guarantee.

6. I have also instructed the Pink Brigade of the Metro Manila
Development Authority (MMDA) to rush to areas that might be damaged by
the storm. Army engineers, with their heavy equipment, will roll out
and join the 'bayanis' of Bayani Fernando in their mercy caravan.

7. We dropped by Villamor Air Base (VAB) and inspected the aircraft
and the airmen on standby. We designated VAB as operations center, a
springboard for help.

8. With or without the typhoon, but the latter would make it urgent,
the distribution of power subsidies will commence in areas the typhoon
will hit, in a manner that will not overburden government officials
attending to relief work.

The United States is the Philippines' strongest friend and ally.
Filipinos love America, its people and culture. We may be separated by
an ocean, but we are bound by a shared history and common values of
economic prosperity and a strong democracy. The relations between the
US and the Philippines are stable, strong and mature.

Our friendship goes well beyond simple diplomatic relations between
nations. Over four (4) million American citizens are of Filipino
heritage. Over 250,000 Americans live and work in the Philippines. We
are more than allies -- we are family.

During our West Coast visit, we will meet with our Fil-Am and OFW
community to discuss their needs and concerns. Not a day goes by that
our administration is not fighting for the interests of our OFWs
somewhere in the world.

In Washington, we will be meeting with President Bush and members of
his administration as well as political leaders of both parties in the
US Congress. We share many issues that are of global concern,
beginning with the price of food and fuel and food security. As such,
discussions will focus on food security, defense cooperation,
environmental protection and economic assistance.

On food security, the agreement between our two governments will lay
the groundwork for securing the following:

a) hastening phyto-sanitary protocols that will open the way for fresh
banana and mango exports from the Philippines to the US starting with
an initial shipment of $5 million, then $15 million, and growing in
the years to come;

b) biotechnology cooperation especially in the development of disease-
tolerant rice seeds varieties through a $1.5 million grant;

c) accelerated dairy development program which plans to infuse 10,000
dairy animals in the next five years worth $25 million;

d) increased rice supply purchase agreements through the Public Law
480 of at least $20 million and General Services Manager 102 Program
of at least $70 million;

e) a proposed surplus equipment program of $50 million, extension
service capacity building program of $25 million, and accelerated
livestock genetic resource improvement program of $25 million.

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[kgma] PGMA presides over joint Cabinet meeting via remote video conference

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presided this morning over a joint
Cabinet and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) meeting via
remote video conference in order to be briefed on the status of
search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts being conducted to
help victims and repair infrastructure destroyed by typhoon "Frank"
that battered the Visayas and Luzon regions over the last two days.

The President, who is on a 10-day working visit to the United States
of America, "video-conferenced" with Cabinet and NDCC officials during
her meeting with the Filipino community in Fresno, California.

First to give an update on typhoon Frank's eventual exit from the
Philippine Area of Responsibility was Department of Science and
Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. who reported to
the President that there would be a "general improvement of weather
conditions especially in the Visayas and Mindanao" by today (Tuesday,
June 24) when Frank crosses over to the South China Sea.

Next was NDCC chairman M/Gen. Glenn Rabonza who told the President
that SAR (search and rescue) operations were still being conducted by
the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the vicinity where Sulpicio Lines'
M/V Princess of the Stars capsized off the waters of Sibuyan Island.

Rabonza added that SAR operations were also being conducted in the
province of Iloilo, one of the hardest hit provinces by typhoon
"Frank," leaving it submerged in chest-deep flood waters.

Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza told the President that
operations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit
(MRT) that were hampered due to the Metro-wide blackout would be fully
operational by today.

He added that "all airports and flights would be restored today" while
telecommunication facilities that were affected by Frank's strong
winds and rain are being worked on expeditiously.

Mendoza told the President that he had ordered the MARINA (Maritime
Industry Authority) to ground all vessels of Sulpicio Lines and to
check on the sea worthiness of all Sulpicio ships following the
sinking of MV Princess of the Stars yesterday (Monday, June 23). He
added that he will be meeting with the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI)
to investigate the incident where at least 700 persons are still
missing as of Sunday night.

He pointed out that aside from this, the BMI will review the
guidelines issued by PCG last June 2007, "especially on the saving of
vessels."

The PCG, represented by Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, assured the
President that all was being done to "really scout the area for
survivors."

Tamayo said a total of five vessels composed of three Coast Guard
ships and two tug boats were scouring the waters off Sibuyan Island in
the province of Romblon for any possible survivors of the capsized M/V
Princess of the Stars.

He reported to the President that 28 survivors have already been
rescued, to which the President exclaimed, "Oh praise God!"

A representative of Sulpicio Lines, Edgardo Co, who was also present
during the meeting, told the President that the company would shoulder
all expenses of the victims of the sunken ship and their families.

Last to give an update was Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez who gave
the President a general view on the situation of victims from the
province of Iloilo.

Gonzalez, a former congressman of Iloilo, told the President that the
situation in the province was still "critical." He, however, assured
that "thousands of people in evacuation centers" have been dwindling
in number because of the number of evacuees already occupying known
evacuation centers.

"We lack evacuation centers actually because our schools were also
flooded," Gonzalez said.

He added that the affected local governments of Iloilo province talked
to the owners of several malls in the city to allow the evacuees to
temporarily occupy their top floors. Churches were also used as
evacuation centers.

Before adjourning, the President issued several directives that she
wants members of Congress, her Cabinet and the NDCC to carry out
immediately in connection with the destruction wrought by typhoon "Frank."

First, to prevent unscrupulous traders from jacking up prices of basic
goods, particularly rice, during calamities, President Arroyo said she
would ask members of the House of Representatives to file a bill
making rice hoarding and profiteering fall under the crime of economic
sabotage.

If enacted, the punishment for rice hoarding and profiteering could be
upgraded to life imprisonment.

Second, the President said she would ask members of Congress to file a
bill where the declaration of a State of Calamity will include
"imposing a maximum price of rice."

Third, the President assured the victims and families of typhoon
"Frank," especially those of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Stars,
that the government will provide aid in addition to the aid that will
be extended by the owners of Sulpicio Lines.

Fourth, the President will assign an NDCC official to oversee and
ensure that Sulpicio Lines makes good its commitment to extend any and
all aid to the victims of their ship's sinking.

Fifth, for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to open disaster
relief accounts, websites and text numbers in their various consul
offices in the Middle East, Europe, America and Asia so that Filipinos
in these countries who may wish to help the victims of typhoon "Frank"
in any way will have a venue where to give their donations.

Sixth, for the National Computer Center (NCC) and the Philippine
Information Agency (PIA) to ensure that the NDCC's website remains
operational despite the high volume of internet traffic accessing the
site.

"Because yesterday, we were not able to get in touch with NDCC. Even
now, we are in Malacañang, we are still not able to get through," the
President said.

"So these are the things I'd like our NDCC members to do now," she added.

According to the national weather bureau, as of 2:00 a.m. today,
"Frank" was located by radar, satellite and surface data to be 200
kilometers west-northwest of Dagupan City (16.3°N 118.4°E), with
maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, and gustiness of
up to 150 kph. Typhoon Frank is forecast to move west-northwest at 17
kph towards the general direction of the South China Sea.

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RP typhoon Frank aftermath situation bothers PGMA as she starts her
U.S. Visit

SAN FRANCISCO – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today immediately
buckled down to work as she called and reconvened the National
Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) for her to be able to know
firsthand information on the latest developments on the damage wrought
by Typhoon "Frank" in Metro Manila and other provinces affected by the
super typhoon.

The Chief Executive -- who is visibly concerned about the situation in
the Philippines due to the super howler -- made this move shortly upon
her arrival at the Presidential Suite of the Fairmont Hotel here where
she is billeted.

The President, accompanied by First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo
and other members of her official delegation, arrived at the San
Francisco International Airport at exactly 7:20 p.m. (San Francisco
time) as she commenced the first leg of her 10-day, three state
working visit to the United States.

Upon the President's order, the NDCC immediately met at Camp Aguinaldo
in Quezon City, together with Cabinet members, as well as action
officers from concerned agencies.

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said the President personally touched
base with the NDCC officials through a teleconference at her suite in
Fairmont Hotel in the presence of some Cabinet members led by Trade
and Industry Secretary Peter Favila, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya,
Rep. Monico Puentebella, and himself, among others.

He added that the NDCC officials and concerned agency representatives
gave the President "all the updates on the specific instructions she
gave when she called for the NDCC meeting yesterday before leaving for
the U.S."

Dureza pointed out that the specific instructions of the President is
to continue updating her on the developments of the super typhoon
"kasi may mga areas pa na problemado."

He cited that since Metro Manila is under typhoon Signal #3, the C-130
that could have carried life boats and other rescue materials was not
able to take off.

Dureza noted that the President's instruction "is to mount an
operation center, logistic center there in Cebu, nearer to the area
using the facilities that are available there in Cebu for the moment
until we can mount our flights from Villamor Airbase."

During the teleconference, Dureza said that President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo was so concerned about the reported Sulpicio vessel
that capsized.

According to him, the President pointedly asked the Coast Guard
representative whether there "were violations of notices issued to
vessels and for them to look closely on how they could undertake more
rescue operations now."

"The report given to her was that one of the survivors was fished out
quite far from the site where the (Sulpicio) vessel was supposed to
have capsized. So they have now indicated a new area where they would
start trying to make recovery operations with the coast guard."

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also reported to the President that
an initial 250,000 hectares were damaged by the super typhoon.

In this connection, Dureza said the President directed the DA to
undertake continuous and increased distribution of assistance to the
farmers for them to recover as soon as possible.

With the still bad condition of the power situation in the Visayas
particularly in Panay with only two percent been renergized , Dureza
said, the President instructed Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes to attend
to this immediately.

The Red Cross, through Senator Richard Gordon, reported that it is
already on the ground providing the necessary assistance.

Dureza also announced that the President will again hold another NDCC
meeting though teleconferencing tomorrow (June 22) at 4: a.m.
(Philippine time) to ensure that she will be able to continuously be
informed on the latest situation in the Philippines.

"She would like to do this before she takes off for Washington DC
tomorrow," he said.

Asked whether the President would be cutting short her trip to the
United States, Dureza said, "No, there's no talk about cutting short
her trip. That's why she would like to continuously be hands-on here,
kaya she's getting the NDCC action as if she's personally there in the
area."

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

[kgma] President Arroyo arriving in U.S. capital Monday for meeting with Bush

WASHINGTON – June 23 (via PLDT) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
is arriving here Monday from Fresno, Calif. to begin a five-day
working visit to the US capital for a series of meetings with top US
officials and business leaders.

The highlight of her 10-day visit to California, Washington and New
York is her one-one-one meeting with President George W. Bush.

Accompanied by First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo and a small group of
Cabinet officials and Filipino business leaders, the President arrived
in San Francisco, Calif. from Manila on a commercial flight Saturday
(Manila time).

The President has lined up a series of engagements, including meetings
with Filipino communities in the three cities in her itinerary,
Filipino World War II veterans and US business groups.

The Chief Executive will also discuss with US officials various
issues, notably US-Philippines relations, the environment, security,
human rights, and other global concerns.

Her meeting with President Bush will focus on outstanding global
issues of common concern to the two countries, notably terrorism, food
security, non-proliferation of nuclear arms and human rights.

She is expected to thank Bush for his support to Filipino World War II
veterans through the US Veterans Office in Manila and the Veterans
Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Filipino veterans are also looking forward to a favorable resolution
of the remaining issues relating to their longstanding claim for
benefits in World War II alongside the American forces in the Philippines.

Voting 96-1, the US Senate had approved the Veterans Benefits Bill
calling for additional benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.

The President will also meet with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
for wide-ranging discussion of the US-Philippines security relations
and the Philippine defense reform program.

Another important engagement on the President's calendar is her
meeting with officials of the Washington-based Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC).

The MCC has granted the Philippines Compact Eligible status after the
country passed objective indicators in the areas of governing justly,
investing in its citizens, and encouraging economic freedom.

She will also meet with stakeholders of the Coral Triangle Initiative
(CTI) a multi-nation effort to push the CTI project spanning across
Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands
and Timor-Leste.

The CTI holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals, fish,
crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

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[kgma] Rice, Filipino community top PGMA visit to Fresno, California 6/21/08

SAN FRANCISCO, California---Food security ,especially rice supply
concerns and a meeting with the Filipino community top President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to this little known county in
California (at least for those back in the Philippines)compared to San
Francisco or Los Angeles.

The President is expected to visit Fresno, about a four hour- drive
from San Francisco on Sunday morning (California time), Monday evening
Philippine time, for the first leg of her 10-day working visit to the
United States.

She is expected to arrive in San Francisco at about 8p.m. Saturday at
the San Francisco International Airport.

The US visit theme, according to Ambassador and Presidential Assistant
for State and Foreign visits Marciano Paynor, is ''Lakbay Amerika sa
Diwa ng Demokrasya at sa Maunlad na Ekonomiya.''

Paynor said Fresno was supposed to be where the President and
Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain would meet but was moved
to Washington next week as ''he could not make it at the time we
agreed on initially and he requested that the meeting be transferred
to Washington. so, we are going Washington.''

Meantime, Paynor said the Filipino community in Fresno has been
alerted of the President's visit and that it happens to be on a Sunday
so the President would hear Mass with some 600 Filipino-Americans from
Fresno and nearby counties such as Stockton, Bakersfield, Modesto and
Merced.

The Mass would take place at the Fresno Convention Center.

Fresno, according to Paynor, is the ''center of what is known as the
central valley which is the rice and agricultural center of California.''

Fresno is also known to be the main producer of rice for the United
States and also for Japan, Paynor added.

''A significant portion of their produce is exported to Japan. And at
a time we are experiencing the spiralling cost of basic commodities
especially rice, what better place to tackle or at least to look at
the food security issue than Fresno,'' Paynor said.

Fresno is also an important place for the Filipinos as it is where the
first Filipino community in continental United States was established
way back in 1898.

''It was in Stockton then they moved to Fresno so, you can imagine in
a sense the importance of the place,'' he said.

There are only about 10,000 Filipino families in Fresno or about
30,000 Filipino-Americans.

The President would also visit the Regional Hospital of Fresno where
there are quite a number of Filipino doctors and nurses employed.

The President would also visit the University of California-San
Francisco Medical Research and Training Center which is headed by a
US-trained Filipino doctor, Dr. Dominic Dizon.

Paynor said the President may have a brief lunch with the Filipino
community and would proceed to Washington DC where she has a packed
schedule that included a meeting with US President George W. Bush that
would tackle a wide-range of issues that affect bilateral relations
between the two allies.

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leaves Saturday evening for a 10-day
visit to the United States to further strengthen the historic
Philippines-US relations.

The President, accompanied by First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo, will take
a commercial flight to San Francisco, California, the first stop of
her US visit.

Also with the presidential party are some Cabinet officials, lawmakers
and top Filipino business leaders.

The Chief Executive`s US engagements include meetings with Filipino
communities, Filipino World War II veterans and American business groups.

She will also hold a series of meetings on a wide range of issues
including the environment, security, human rights, and other global
concerns.

From San Francisco, the President will proceed to Fresno, California,
a four-hour drive from San Francisco, to hear mass and interact with
the Filipino community before proceeding to Washington D.C.

Meeting members of Filipino communities in the countries that she
visits is a standard feature of the President`s trips abroad in an
effort to keep them posted on developments back home and to encourage
them to invest in the country, as well as thank them for their
remittances that had helped improve the economy.

The President`s second stop is Washington D.C. where she will meet
with President George W. Bush at the Oval Office.

The White House meeting, the highlight of her US trip, will focus on
outstanding global issues of common concern to the two countries,
notably terrorism, food security, non-proliferation of nuclear arms
and human rights.

The President is expected to thank Bush for his support to Filipino
World War II veterans through the US Veterans Office in Manila and the
Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, and express her hope
for a favorable resolution of the remaining issues relating to
Filipino veterans.

The President will also personally thank the US Senate for its
historic 96-1 vote in favor of the Veterans Benefits Bill calling for
additional benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.

At the Pentagon, the President will discuss with US Defense Secretary
Robert Gates the Philippines` defense reform program.

The President will also take the opportunity to meet with the
Philippines-US Friendship Caucus, a group composed of members of the
US House of Representatives who have openly supported moves to
strengthen relations between the Philippines and the United States.

The President will also meet with officials of the Washington-based
the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Last March, the MCC granted the Philippines Compact Eligible status,
opening the door for the Philippines to avail itself of up to $700
million in grants to help boost the country`s economic growth.

The Philippines has gained compact eligible status after passing
objective indicators in the areas of governing justly, investing in
its citizens, and encouraging economic freedom.

Also in Washington, the President will meet with stakeholders of the
Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) a multi-nation effort to push the CTI
project spanning across Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea,
Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

The Triangle holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals,
fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

The ASEAN-US Business Council (USBC) and the United States Chamber of
Commerce (USCC) will co-host a dinner in honor of the President in
Washington.

In New York, the last leg of her US trip, the President will be
meeting with a number of business leaders and investment groups,
including Libby`s Fruits, Target Sourcing, ROTEC Technology and APAC
Customer Services.

She will also host a reception for the permanent representatives to
the United Nations in connection with the candidature of Sen. Miriam
Defensor Santiago to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- House and Senate negotiators have yet to iron out differences over tougher lead standards and overhauling the U.S. agency overseeing product safety.

Negotiators were scheduled to meet this week to iron out the few remaining differences between the House and Senate consumer safety bills, The Hill reported. Sources said lawmakers were expected to vote on a conference report before the July 4 recess.

Both bills would overhaul the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which came under fire in 2007 when millions of toys from China were recalled because they had excessive levels of lead.

For example, the conference report was expected to adopt the House's threshold by setting new lead standards for products for children no more than 12 years old,. The new standard should be effective within a year, staff and members told the Washington publication.

"This has really been the year of the recall, and that has created the need to improve consumer protection and oversight," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., one of the lead negotiators on the bill.



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CPSC: Additional Incidents Prompt Re-Announcement of Recall of Gel Candles Due to Fire Hazard

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Gel Candles

Units: About 1,700

Manufacturer: M & A Global Technologies Inc., doing business as Spa at Home, of Tallahassee, Fla.

Hazard: The candles can have excessive flame height, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: M & A Global Technologies has received four additional reports of higher than normal flames and flames coming in contact with nearby combustibles resulting in minor fires, smoke and soot damage. The company has also received one additional report of burn injuries to a consumer's hand.

Description: This recall involves Everlasting Jelly candles. Models include Champagne Glass with Heart, Model #502; Large Oval Bowl with Sand & Shells, Model #109-XL; Tumbler with Sand & Shells, Model #101-S; Round Shape with Curly Top and Red Roses, Model #506; Round Shape with Penguins, Model #604; Tumbler with Blue Roses & Leaves, Model #805-11; and Round Shape with Two Butterflies, Model #806-8. The candles were sold in clear glass containers of various sizes with a smaller glass of gel in the middle of the candle.

Sold at: Spa at Home stores and Spaathome.com nationwide from October 2003 through December2003 and October 2005 through December 2005 for between $9 and $50.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact M & A Global Technologies for instructions on returning the product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M & A Global Technologies at (866) 224-8811 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.spaathome.com

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Your Health: Anti-Bacterial Agents Linked to Human and Environmental Health Risks

Rallie McAllister, M.D., M.P.H.
Americans are dead serious about the war on germs. These days, you can find germ-killing chemicals in just about every consumer product imaginable, from toothpaste to children's toys.

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While many experts are concerned about the risk of direct exposure to the chemical, others are worried about the impact of triclosan accumulation in the environment. After finding antimicrobial chemicals in surface water samples in Baltimore, researchers at Johns Hopkins University concluded that these agents may be important contaminants of U.S. water sources.

The presence of triclosan and other antimicrobial agents is believed to contribute to the destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems. In the presence of ultraviolet light from the sun, triclosan is converted to dioxin, a chemical linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer.

The vast majority of triclosan used in this country is found in consumer products that will ultimately end up in public water supplies. A 2000 survey found that 75 percent of liquid soaps and 30 percent of bar soaps contain some type of antibacterial agent, most commonly triclosan.

When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from disease-causing germs, the use of triclosan-containing products probably isn't necessary. Regular hand-washing is one of the most effective strategies for reducing the risk of infection.

If soap and water aren't immediately available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative to hand-washing. While these products effectively kill bacteria, their use has not been associated with the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

In the war on germs, it's tempting to resort to the use of high-tech chemicals, but washing up the old-fashioned way -- with lots of soap and water -- might be best for you, your family and the environment.

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Rallie McAllister is a board-certified family physician, speaker and the author of several books, including "Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom's Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim." Her website is www.rallieonhealth.com. To find out more about Rallie McAllister, M.D., and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.


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