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CIP calls for more integration of Asian tubers for food security

CIP calls for more integration of Asian tubers for food security

PERU-BASED International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP, for Centro Internacional de la Papa) is calling for more regional and national engagement in popularizing Asian tubers as a sustainable approach for food security and climate-change resiliency.

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government inaugurated here on September 3 a building housing the office of the town’s Senior Citizens’ Federation, the latest project in a province-wide program to provide the elderly with a venue for their social and official activities.

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

WE can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious disease.

Is good public relations good charisma?

Is good public relations good charisma?

Dear PR Matters,

I work in corporate public relations (PR), and have noticed that the most successful PR practitioners are those who are charismatic and have a great personality.  How important is charisma in charting one’s career in PR? How can one develop this?

News

Ripple of positive effects from lifting of truck ban

The temporary lifting of Manila’s truck ban is a welcome development to the government’s 

efforts to end the congestion at the capital’s ports, with businessmen already saying this opens up the opportunity for the country to achieve a 7-percent economic growth this year.

Osmeña: Looming power crisis result of govt neglect

THE chairman of the Senate Energy Committee on Sunday accused the Aquino administration of criminal neglect for the way it has addressed the energy situation in the country. Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III said those behind the energy sector are lousy managers that could be charged in court.

Estrada orders lifting of truck ban in Manila

MANILA Mayor Joseph Estrada has lifted the truck ban “indefinitely” on Saturday noon to give way to the efforts of the national government to address congestion on ports of Manila.

Robinsons plans to put up more malls in Visayas

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) on Saturday announced it plans to build five more malls next year as it opens two new ones this month and in October. The new additions bring the total number of RLC-operated malls to 35 all over the country.

Better left unsaid?

Better left unsaid?

THE difference between a “white lie” and an outright falsehood is this: the level of the sin of omission employed to make statements or revelations sweeter than it actually tastes.

Pakistan arrests opposition activists

Pakistan arrests opposition activists

ISLAMABAD—Pakistani police arrested antigovernment protesters in what activists said was an effort to crack down on weeks-long sit-ins in the capital, while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a recent attack on state-run TV.

Business

Isuzu Gencars plans to remain among top dealers

ISUZU Gencars Makati has emerged as the second top-selling dealership in the country and is aiming to maintain the position by promoting the Isuzu mu-X, the sports utility bid of Isuzu which is poised to overtake the best-selling nameplates of the Japanese car firm: the Crosswind and the all-new D-Max.

CIP calls for more integration of Asian tubers for food security

CIP calls for more integration of Asian tubers for food security

PERU-BASED International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP, for Centro Internacional de la Papa) is calling for more regional and national engagement in popularizing Asian tubers as a sustainable approach for food security and climate-change resiliency.

PBCom targets 30% growth in consumer lending operations

THE Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) anticipates 30-percent growth in its consumer banking business this year.

‘Angelpreneurs’ train new breed of street-based entrepreneurs

‘Angelpreneurs’ train new breed of street-based entrepreneurs

Former advertising executive-turned-entrepreneur-turned-entrepreneurial advocate Jorge Noel Wieneke made heads turn for transforming an iconic potato-based snack into something out of the ordinary through his very successful potato food stand. It was the start of something big for Wieneke, who went on to display further his entrepreneurial genius.

Study: Social-media users shy away from opinions

Study: Social-media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON—People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Widodo’s revamp to bring risks to economic pledges

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo plans to merge some government ministries and spur faster decision making as he seeks a fresh approach. Doing too much, too soon risks distracting from his economic priorities, analysts say.

Sports

National U wows anew

National U wows anew

NATIONAL University (NU) put on another near-flawless and jaw-dropping performance before a jam-packed crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to repeat as University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Cheerdance champion.

Lifestyle

How to transition your summer style into fall

How to transition your summer style into fall

FALL holds so many joys. The brutal heat of summer has let up, and the brilliant hues of the season are starting to show up on trees, bushes—and in clothing. But, for the working woman, the return of autumn can lead to questions. Is it time to pack away all the lightweight skirts and tank tops? If it’s 50 degrees at 8 am and 80 degrees at 3 pm, what to wear?

Testing time for tourism

Testing time for tourism

SAN FRANCISCO—It is testing time for global tourism. The ongoing political conflicts in North Africa—which are compounded by military action in the Middle East, Ukraine and Afghanistan—and the spread of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa have put to the test the ability of international tourism to continue to grow amid crises.

Rocco & Steven

Rocco & Steven

NO doubt that two of the better products of GMA’s StarStruck talent search are Rocco Nacino and Steven Silva.

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government inaugurated here on September 3 a building housing the office of the town’s Senior Citizens’ Federation, the latest project in a province-wide program to provide the elderly with a venue for their social and official activities.

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

DAVAO City has always been one of my favorite destinations ever since I started going there in the late 1980s.

Features

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

ENVIRONMENT expert and vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mohan Munasinghe sees the fourth report of the United Nations-attached body as the most momentous, as it raised the alarm on climate change, such as rising sea levels, melting arctic ice and threats of harsh typhoons, including those experienced in the Philippines.

Is good public relations good charisma?

Is good public relations good charisma?

Dear PR Matters,

I work in corporate public relations (PR), and have noticed that the most successful PR practitioners are those who are charismatic and have a great personality.  How important is charisma in charting one’s career in PR? How can one develop this?

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

ONE of the biggest hurdles to building new power plants in Japan is finding a place that’s safe from earthquakes and tsunamis. That place may turn out to be 30 miles at sea.

SM Foundation rebuilds Tacloban City Hospital

SM Foundation rebuilds Tacloban City Hospital

WHEN typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban, SM Foundation through its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) immediately went into action. Henry Sy Sr., the chairman of the SM conglomerate, immediately pledged P100 million for relief and rehabilitation of the devastated area.      

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

WE can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious disease.

PBEd portal seeks to reduce youth unemployment by 30%

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has developed an online career-exploration portal to help reduce youth unemployment in the country by almost one-third.

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada—The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost—and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

Wars of future

Wars of future

IN a backyard in Aleppo, Syrian rebels built a tank for urban combat. All it took was an Android smartphone to download a do-it-yourself manual.

Chevrolet launches Colorado campaign

Chevrolet launches Colorado campaign

OVER the last couple of years, the Philippines has experienced the most unpredictable weather patterns and climate changes that led to flash floods, landslides, and other serious calamities; hence, the local market has turned their heads to high-stance vehicles like pickup trucks to ride out the country’s ever so changing conditions.

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

THE 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol province and the Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated central Philippines in the last quarter of 2013 have again revealed the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards.

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona—On her 27th day of living in a tiny room at a Tucson church known for pioneering the popular immigrant sanctuary movement in the 1980s, Rosa Robles Loreto swept a courtyard, prayed with a group of parishioners and greeted her uniformed son fresh off his baseball practice.

Don’t take MERS for granted!

Don’t take MERS for granted!

In 2003 it was severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).  This year, it’s Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

First reported in Asia in February 2003, SARS spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe and other parts of Asia.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide were stricken by SARS during the outbreak. Of these, 774 died.

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