Archive for March, 2011

San Jose Builders unveils sports complex in projects

PAMPANGA, Philippines — New San Jose Builders Inc. (NSJBI) is raising the quality of living by expanding on the usual recreational site and swimming pool concept by coming up with a new competition-ready members-only Sports Complex, the first of its kind in affordable condominium offerings.

NSJBI chairman Gerry Acuzar said the new Sports Complex covers total space of over two hectares, brings to the communities that NSJBI serves.

For the company that has been a leader in its class since 1986, NSJBI aims to promote an active and healthy lifestyles among its residents. The sports enclave provides facilities that are fitted to competition standards, and thus, provides a good venue for training for tournaments and leagues.

Homeowners in Victoria Station 2 near the MRT’s GMA-Kamuning Station and Victoria de Manila 2 on Taft Avenue have exclusive access to the six-lane bowling facilities, Olympic-size swimming pools, fully-equipped and professionally-manned gyms, tennis, badminton and basketball courts, billiard halls, open activity centers and a members-only spa.

The extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities feature modern designs such as glass-enhanced features.

NSJBI’s Sports Complex is the largest and the only one of its kind in this bracket. The developer, in collaboration with professional sports facilities managers, is set to operate the Sports Complex in a way that would sustain the high-level upkeep of the facilities and maintain the exclusivity of use by members.

According to Acuzar, by promoting an active lifestyle and increased social interaction, they cater to the lifestyle definition requirements of different kinds of potential buyers.

“With the sports complex, we tackle our individual buyers’ needs to achieve balanced recreation and work, our family buyers’ need to provide a healthful environment and the need of our communities for positive social interactions,” he said.



DMCI Homes acquires property in Las Piñas

LAS PINAS, Philippines — A rich vein of history throbs at the old district of Las Piñas and it is known as the city’s “Historical Corridor.” Spanning an area composed of Brgy. Manuyo, Daniel Fajardo, E. Aldana, Ilaya, Pulang Lupa, and Zapote, the district has been preserved and refashioned to reflect a Spanish theme, reminiscent of a European countries which preserve their old cities.

As one of the earliest settlement sites during the Spanish era, the former barrio of Las Piñas continues to pay homage to its past through this historical corridor. At one corner of Zapote though, a prime tract of land is undergoing its own redevelop¬ment, from a venue for industry into a residential property that will soon host a thriving community of young families.

The 1.8-hectare of land was acquired by the country’s leading developer of resort-inspired communities, DMCI Homes. The residential condominium project’s name is also a sentimental reference to the Spanish vibe: “Maricielo Villas.”

For the city of Las Piñas, Maricielo Villas is already the developer’s second project after the successful Ohana Place, located on the other side of the city, along the Alabang- Zapote Road. On the other hand, Maricielo Villas will rise on the corner of Quirino Ave. and Casimiro Avenue, to service the prospective market of residents and upgraders around the area.

Reynaldo Salazar, DMCI Homes Director for Business Development, acknowledged that their company is enjoying an esteemed reputation in the industry, especially among land owners interested in selling their property. This has become beneficial to the company’s initiatives in land banking and acquiring properties such as the present site of Maricielo Villas.

“We acquired this property which was previously owned by Francisco Motors. We are lucky to secure this land because we do not have too many big properties left within Manila,” he said.

Maricielo Villas will rise on an 18,522-sqm lot. The development will house five Spanish Mission-themed, medium-rise buildings, blending with the establishments in the area all conforming to the motif of 18th century colonial period.

The project will be the first me¬dium-rise development in the area comprised of four medium-rise buildings with five residential floors and one medium-rise building with four residential floors

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Japan Yesterday It’s Earth Quake followed by Tsunami now Its Nuclear Threat

as japan cooling system fails, another reactor at Japanese nuclear plant also failed.

According to Japan CNN another reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant lost its cooling capabilities Monday, a government official said.

Japan Nuclear Power Plant Explosion

The problem was detected in the plant’s No. 2 reactor Monday afternoon, just hours after an explosion rocked the bulding containing the plant’s No. 3 reactor, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters.

Water levels were falling and pressure was building up inside the No. 2 reactor, he said, and officials were working on a plan to release gas and also inject seawater into that reactor.

Workers have been injecting seawater in a last-ditch effort to cool down fuel rods and prevent a full meltdown at two other reactors at the plant — No. 1 and No. 3 — after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami Friday knocked out the reactors’ cooling systems.

There are six reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, located in northeastern Japan about 65 km (40 miles) south of Sendai.

A buildup of hydrogen in the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s No. 3 reactor building caused the blast, authorities said, which injured 11 people and sent white smoke billowing above the nuclear plant.

But the explosion did not damage the reactor or result in significant radiation leakage, Edano told reporters.

The explosion blew away the roof and walls of the building housing the reactor, Japan’s Kyodo News reported. A similar blast occurred Saturday at the plant’s No. 1 reactor.

On Sunday, Edano warned that the same sort of explosion could occur in the No. 3 building.

After Monday’s blast, authorities ordered at least 500 residents remaining within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant to stay inside, Edano said. About 200,000 people evacuated the area over the weekend after a government order.

“There is no massive radioactive leakage,” Edano said.

Even so, radiation was detected at least as far as 100 miles northeast of the plant, according to the U.S. Navy, which repositioned ships and planes after detecting low-level “airborne radioactivity.”

The Navy’s statement, however, provided some perspective, noting that the maximum potential radiation dose received by any ship personnel when it passed through the area was “less than the radiation exposure received from about one month of exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil, and the sun.”

Japanese officials have said that they are operating under the presumption that there may be a partial meltdown in the No. 3 and No. 1 nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant. Authorities have not yet been able to confirm a meltdown, because it is too hot inside the affected reactors to check.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, said in a news release late Sunday that radiation levels outside that plant remained high.

Kyodo, citing the same company, said that there were measurements of 751 microsieverts and 650 microsieverts of radiation early Monday. Both are above the legal limit, albeit less than one reading recorded Sunday.

A microsievert is an internationally recognized unit measuring radiation dosage, with people typically exposed during an entire year to a total of about 1,000 microsieverts.

Authorities early Sunday noted high radiation levels at another plant, located 135 kilometers (85 miles) away in Onagawa. The International Atomic Energy Agency later said that Japanese officials reported that levels had returned to “normal.” It also said the increase detected earlier “may have been due to a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.”

Most experts aren’t expecting a reprise of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, which killed 32 plant workers and firefighters in the former Soviet Union and at least 4,000 others from cancers tied to radioactive material released by the plant.

Analysts said Japan’s crisis is unique.

“This is unprecedented,” said Stephanie Cooke, the author of “In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age.” “You’ve never had a situation with multiple reactors at risk.”

Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors provide about 30% of the country’s electricity, according to the World Nuclear Association.

Daiichi’s No. 1 reactor — the oldest of six boiling-water units at the site, according to the nuclear association — began commercial operation in March 1971. The No. 2 reactor began commercial operation in 1974, and the No. 3 reactor followed two years later.

“Nuclear facilities in Japan … were built to withstand earthquakes — but not an 8.9 earthquake,” said James Walsh, a CNN contributor and research associate at MIT’s security studies program.

The crisis has stoked fears of a full-on nuclear meltdown, a catastrophic failure of the reactor core that has the potential for widespread release of radiation.

Officials are working to prevent such a calamity by injecting seawater and boron into the affected reactors — even though salt and boron will corrode the reactors, rendering the Daiichi plant inoperable.

“Essentially, they are waving the white flag and saying, ‘This plant is done,'” Walsh said. “This is a last-ditch mechanism to try to prevent overheating and to prevent a partial or full meltdown.”

The situation — part of what Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the “toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan” since the end of World War II — has national and global repercussions as authorities and scientists debate the dangers of nuclear power.

Cooke said that it may take years to fully assess the damage at Japan’s worst-hit reactors, much less to get them working again. And authorities may never definitively determine how much radiation was emitted, or how many got sick because of it.

If the effort to cool the nuclear fuel inside the reactor fails completely — a scenario that experts who have spoken to CNN say is unlikely — radiation could be released into the atmosphere or water. That could lead to widespread cancer and other health problems, experts say.

Authorities have downplayed such a scenario, insisting the situation appears under control and that radiation levels in the air are not dangerous.

The Daiichi plant has a containment vessel, which theoretically would capture radioactive material if a full meltdown occurs.

Edano has said there have been no leaks of radioactive material at any plants. Radioactive steam has been released intentionally to lessen growing pressure in the two Daiichi reactors — in an amount authorities have described as minimal.

Monitoring of the Daiichi plant has detected several signs that at least a partial meltdown may be occuring, according to Japan’s nuclear safety agency, including high levels of hydrogen inside reactor buildings and radioactive cesium detected outside the plant. This could be caused by the melting of fuel rods inside the reactor, experts said.

Despite such evidence, Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Japan’s prime minister, said Sunday that he would not describe what was occurring in the reactors as a “meltdown,” adding that the situation was “under control.”

But Cooke, also editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly for the atomic-energy community, said she’s not convinced.

“The more they say they’re in control, the more I sense things may be out of control,” she said.



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