Gov’t implements preventive measures after report of MERS-CoV infection

MANILA, PIA- President Benigno S Aquino III has directed Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin to carry out the necessary preventive measures after a nurse from Saudi Arabia tested positive for MERS-CoV and was admitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for treatment, the Palace has said. “Contact tracing is being done to locate fellow passengers of the patient who travelled from Saudi Arabia to Manila last week,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said […]

Excitement builds in Rio as carnival approaches

Rio de Janeiro is hooting up for the world famous carnival which kicks off at the end of the week, when extravagant parades will stride down the Sambadrome stadium, and street parties will get the city jumping. Just before the parades each year, the 700-metre walk way of the stadium is painted white, whilst the stands are given a new lease of life for the arrival of its 72,500-strong audience. For Roberto Rodrigues, working on […]

Polar bear aids scientists in research

Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialized collar. Over several months, the 520-pound polar bear has been fitted daily with a collar that essentially tracks her movements so biologists can understand the behaviors of polar bears. The 2.5-pound white collar is outfitted with an accelerometer, which measures her movements, and Tatqiq is wearing it as part of a […]

Urban agri can boost food security in cities—DA

QUEZON CITY- A mixture of urban agricultural production technologies can enable cities to produce their own food, complementing the government’s efforts in the countryside to maintain food security in the country, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). At the launching of DA’s urban agriculture project in Las Piñas City on February 4, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that urban agriculture can provide additional source of fresh and safe food and extra income for urban residents, […]

Rare megamouth shark found in Albay

A 15 foot megamouth male shark found by fishermen with its tail missing was washed up on a beach in Marigondon, Pioduran in between Albay and Masbate provinces last January 28, 2015. Nonie Enolva, head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Emergency Stranding Response Team (BFAR-RESRT) said that “the megamouth shark is a rare deep-water shark with a wide open mouth that eats planktons and jellyfish.” The shark has been named toothless by […]

Boston hit with more snow

Boston and other areas of the Northeast, already buried under about a yard (91 cm) of snow, braced for up to two more feet (60 cm) the the next couple of days, while more rain and high winds were in store for parts of the Pacific coast, forecasters said on Sunday (February 8). The National Weather Service predicted a “long duration snow event” in Boston and surrounding areas of New England and issued a winter […]

PHL to host Madrid Fusion

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas urged local chefs and food aficionados in the region to take part in Madrid Fusion, one of the biggest gastronomic events in the world. The Philippines, hosting the first Madrid Fusion in Asia on April 24-26, is one of the highlights of Visit Philippines Year 2015. In a media release, DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said that Madrid Fusion aims to highlight the country as a culinary […]