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VIENNA: “We mortals do not understand you.” That’s the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling to get their message across to a skeptical public…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) vowed on Saturday to work closely together for the “successful expansion” of the Small Town Lottery (STL) in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal gambling and corruption in the country. The STL generated P2.88 billion from…

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is urging incoming college freshmen students to enroll in the so-called priority courses to increase the number of graduates in areas that are undersubscribed but are needed for “national development.” “We should push for that because there are too many students who go into…

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FUZHOU, Fujian, China: Some Philippine companies are now exporting varieties of fish to China, according to a China Asean Marine Product Exchange (Campe) that transacts online, delivers offline and settles cross-border trade. “We import milk fish from Philippines and one of these companies is Sinocom which is based in Manila,”…

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THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded all local government units (LGUs) to follow the law that allows duly-licensed insurance companies to transact business anywhere in the country even without permits. In a statement on Saturday, Catalino Cuy, DILG Officer-in-charge and undersecretary, cited Republic Act no. 10607…

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The Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) is urging the use of farm mechanization and renewable energy, and to undertake soil and water conservation and management to help secure the country’s food needs. The PSAE concluded its 67th PSAE Annual National Convention in Legazpi City on Saturday, where experts presented…

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A MAGNITUDE 7.2 earthquake rocked Sarangani, Davao Occidental at 4:23 a.m. on Saturday morning. Tectonic in origin, it was felt 53 kilometers southwest of Sarangani town and damaged several buildings. Two people were injured as residents panicked after a tsunami warning was issued earlier. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine troops have killed Alhabsi Misaya, one of the Abu Sayyaf Group’s (ASG) most notorious sub-leaders in Sulu, in an operation late on Friday. Military reports said members of the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group ended Misaya’s banditry at the village of Silangkan, Parang town in Maguindana, a…

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AGOO, La Union: The Dinengdeng Festival of Festivals will be held on Monday (May 1) in Cases Boulevard here as the main attraction of the town’s annual fiesta from April 30 to May 6. Dinengdeng, one of the most popular of Ilocano dishes, will be cooked in a big clay…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: New People’s Army (NPA) rebels staged a series of attacks at the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City and blew up a factory before escaping in daring dawn raids that injured a security guard and a fish vendor. Heavily-armed rebels arrived in several vehicles and disguised…