National Nutrition Council to meet food firms to reformulate more nutritious food products 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Analou De VeraThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) on Wednesday said that it is planning to set a meeting with the different food manufacturers and fast food chains to encourage them to reformulate their food products. The discussion will revolve on how to make their food products healthier, particularly for children. Dayanghirang noted that some Filipino households, especially in urban areas, lack time to prepare healthy food since the parents are both working. “We would like to advocate to the food chains, especially fast food, to reformulate and produce healthy options for Filipinos, especially children,” said Dayanghirang.
Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir; 4 civilians killed 0 SHARES Share it! Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by both countries in its entirety. India sparked a new round of tensions in August, when it downgraded the autonomy of its side of Kashmir and imposed tighter controls on the area. He said Pakistani troops used mortar and machine-guns and targeted several villages as well. Anand blamed Pakistan for initiating the fire and said their troops “befittingly” responded to what he called a series of unprovoked cease-fire violations.
ADVERTISEMENTVillar had questioned the DA allocation for research under its National Corn Program. READ: Villar hits DA for high budget on corn research: ‘Baliw na baliw kayo sa research’Villar said she just wanted to advise the DA to divide its budget between research and application since research alone will not help the farming sector. “I was telling them that if you have budget, you divide it,” said Villar, one of the country’s richest legislators. “One half of the budget should be research and another half would be for the application of your research and how it will impact on the farmers,” Villar said. “Because if you have research, research per se, and you don’t apply it to the farming communities, what is the use of research?
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October 16, 2019 10:52 UTC
Asylum seekers cling to hope, safety in camp at US-Mexico border 0 SHARES Share it! Studies by legal aid groups, such as the Urban Justice Center, have shown that most asylum seekers show up for their hearings, however. Since July, Matamoros has received more than 12,000 asylum seekers under MPP, said Enrique Maciel, of the Tamaulipas Institute for Migrants, a state agency. TOO AFRAID TO GO TO SHELTERIn Osorto’s camp, asylum seekers use water from the Rio Grande to wash, despite outbreaks of rashes. In the Matamoros camp, asylum-seekers fret on a shared What’s App group, or aloud, while trying to discern US policy means for them.
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo should stop acting like a spokesperson for resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Senator Richard Gordon said Wednesday. “I don’t know why suddenly Sal is engaged in being a spokesman for General Albayalde, he should not be the spokesman of General Albayalde, he should be the spokesman of the President,” Gordon told reporters in a phone patch interview at the Senate. READ: No more admin case vs. Albayalde after his resignation, says Panelo“Secretary Panelo is a lawyer like us and he is entitled to his opinion. Gordon further said that Panelo should respect the ongoing Senate investigation. The Senate investigation of a very, very important case that the public has a tremendous stake in,” he added.
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October 16, 2019 10:41 UTC
Mozambique counts votes amid sporadic protests 0 SHARES Share it! One person was killed by police dispersing a crowd at a voting station after the polls had closed in the northern port city of Nacala, according to local reports. A senior opposition politician, Renamo’s national spokesman Jose Manteigas, was arrested in Inhambane, in southern Mozambique, in an apparent dispute over his accreditation to observe the voting process, according to local reports. In the previous elections in 2014, the election commission held press conferences every few hours to announce the results as they came in. The commission decided announcing preliminary results in this election, Carimo said, because they “can create various negative interpretations.”
October 16, 2019 10:30 UTC
DILG vows to release results of ‘ninja cops’ investigation before Albayalde resigns 0 SHARES Share it! Albayalde has denied the charges admitting that he called Aquino to merely be informed of the status of the case of the 13 cops who were his former subordinates. Instead of dismissal, the 13 cops were eventually demoted one rank lower. Panelo said there will no longer be any investigation once Albayalde leaves public office. Año earlier explained the probe will focus on the operation of the 13 cops and Albayalde’s possible involvement in the alleged 2013 illegal drug trade.
October 16, 2019 10:30 UTC
Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims 0 SHARES Share it! The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 74 on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said, many of the victims having drowned after scores of rivers were inundated. Fukushima prefecture has seen the highest number of casualties, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged 710 million yen ($6.5 million) to help fund recovery efforts. ‘DON’T KNOW HOW I’M GOING TO COPE’Bamba’s group and city officials are recruiting volunteers to help the elderly clear mud and debris from their homes. As many as 300 households in the neighbourhood would need help from volunteers over coming weeks, says Bamba.
October 16, 2019 10:18 UTC
South Africa hit by power cuts, underlining Eskom challenge 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersSouth Africa was hit by power cuts on Wednesday after a number of Eskom generating units broke down, highlighting the challenge facing President Cyril Ramaphosa in rescuing the state power firm. The government has also pledged to provide a cash injection of 59 billion rand over the next two years, on top of 230 billion rand of bailouts spread over the next decade. The latest power cuts come at a critical time for South Africa’s energy policy, as cabinet ministers prepare to debate the country’s long-term electricity generation plan this week. Publishing that plan is seen as crucial to unlock sorely needed investment in power generation.
October 16, 2019 10:18 UTC
13,811 Makati kids receive polio vaccines in two days 0 SHARES Share it! In the first two days of the city’s synchronized polio vaccination, 13,811 children were already given OPV, the Makati Health Department (MHD) said on Wednesday. Since October 14, doctors and staff of the MHD have been conducting house visits to administer OPVs to children, who are most vulnerable to polio. Binay called on parents to have their children vaccinated and keep their surroundings clean to prevent their kids from contracting the disease. There is no cure for polio but it can be prevented by immunization and by maintaining a clean environment.
October 16, 2019 10:07 UTC
Sorsogon Bishop-elect asks fellow priests, faithful for prayers 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Leslie Ann AquinoBishop-elect Jose Alan Dialogo has asked prayers from his fellow priests and the faithful following his appointment as bishop of the Diocese of Sorsogon. “I just need prayers from my brother priests here and my bishop (Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle) here in Manila…with Bishop (Arturo) Bastes and then the people of the Diocese of Sorsogon that is what I need right now. The Bishop elect said he is also praying for his predecessor Bishop Bastes for his retirement and good health. No date has been announced for the Episcopal ordination of Dialogo and his installation as the fifth bishop of Sorsogon.
October 16, 2019 09:45 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Dismissing the electoral protest filed by defeated candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo could remove the political uncertainties that could weigh on business sentiment, a prominent business group said. The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on Tuesday once again deferred the ruling on Marcos’ election protest against Robredo, but allowed the release of the committee report on the vote recount covering three pilot provinces. “We hope this is a step toward dismissing the protest, and reducing the political and judicial uncertainty that came with it - uncertainty that manifests in risk premiums for those who would invest in Philippine jobs and industries,” the MBC said. “We further believe that putting the protest to rest would free both the Court and the Office of the Vice President to focus on pressing issues with great impact on the well-being of the Filipino people,” they added. The only son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Tuesday accused Robredo of robbing him of the chance to become vice president as his protest drags on.
October 16, 2019 09:43 UTC
Villar prefers funding for research that can be applied 0 SHARES Share it! “Hindi ako against research, I want research that can be applied. There should be an application para makita natin na yung research natin ay worthwhile kasi kung hindi man natin mai-a-apply yung research, wala ring use ‘yun,” Villar said in a forum in Quezon City on Wednesday. (I am not against research, I want research that can be applied. “You have to apply research for the benefit or for the good of the people and the agriculture,” she added.
October 16, 2019 09:40 UTC
DILG asks LGUs to allow sale of pork laced meat products subject to conditions 0 SHARES Share it! “Upon demand by LGU quarantine officials, the Certificate of Product Registration of processed meat products issued by the Food and Drug Administration to the manufacturers may be shown to LGUs. Under the guidelines, meat products containing pork should be heat-treated or fully cooked according to internationally accepted standards adopted by the Philippine Association of Meat Processors. For processed meat products such as tocino, fresh longanisa, and tapa that use pork as material but do not undergo heat treatment or full cooking, an NMIS certification is necessary for locally sourced pork. “The experts from the Department of Agriculture have already advised us that if the conditions are met, processed meat is safe.
October 16, 2019 09:33 UTC
Maranao group adorns marker to evoke hope in the rebuilding of Marawi 0 SHARES Share it! When she got out of the school, Pangandaman said she was expecting to see bulky and “scary-looking” terrorists. On Thursday, October 17, the nation will commemorate the second year anniversary of the liberation of Marawi City from terrorist forces. We are not yet totally free. If I see that the Maranaos are able to get back here, I might say that we are totally free,” she said.
October 16, 2019 09:11 UTC