DOT Prepares for 2015 “Visit the Philippines” year

The Department of Tourism had just announced that 2015 will be “Visit the Philippines” year. DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said that they have been preparing for the conferences for eco-tourism since early this year, coinciding with the APEC Ministereal Meetings and Leaders’ Summit. More than 2 million international tourist have visited the country from January until June this year.  The DOT is expecting the number to double by year- end.  More than half of […]

Apple unveils watch, larger iPhones in bid to retake innovation crown

(Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service on Tuesday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company’s reputation as a wellspring of innovation. The first new product to be developed and introduced under Cook’s reign is a timepiece tethered to the iPhone that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications. It will price at $349 and go on sale in early 2015. First impressions […]

CO2 surge drove greenhouse gas levels to new high in 2013, World Meteorological Organization says

(Reuters) — Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday (September 9). The volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2, the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, was 396.0 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, 2.9 ppm higher than in 2012, the largest year-to-year increase since 1984, when reliable global records began. The second […]

More than 1,000 children hospitalized across U.S. with severe respiratory virus

(Reuters) — More than one thousand children across the United States have been hospitalized with a severe respiratory virus called Enterovirus D68. “It’s a virus. It’s spread by the respiratory route. Children mostly get involved and it has a propensity for for causing respiratory problems in people with a predisposition. There have been about a 1000 both confirmed and highly suspected cases in 10 or more states. We see outbreaks like this intermittently They are not predictable except […]

DepEd prepares for National Teachers’ Month

In the celebration of National Teachers’ Month, President Aquino said they are aiming, “to revitalize the image of teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in Philippine society and national development.” This September is the start of National Teachers’ Month and will culminate on October 4, a day before the international celebration of World Teachers’ Day.  The President has also announced his endorsement of “National Prayer for Teachers” during […]

Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables.  Phoebe de Guzman reports from Singapore.

House-sized asteroid to buzz Earth on Sunday

(Reuters) – A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said. NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no threat, though at its closest approach it will be only about one-tenth the distance to the moon, or roughly 25,000 miles (40,000 km) from Earth. Communications and weather satellites are generally […]