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Thailand noodle makers plead to raise prices for 1st time in 14 years – by 6 US cents

SCMP Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:02
Instant noodles have long been a staple for low-income households and are among Thailand’s controlled goods because of their importance. Domestic producers have been selling their benchmark packs for 17 US cents each since 2008.
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Rice paddy art to boost farm tourism in Ilocos Norte

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:00

LAOAG CITY - Another rice paddy art crop will be launched on Thursday (Aug. 18) in front of the administration building of the state-run Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City to boost farm tourism and further inspire young Ilocanos to venture into modern farming.

MMSU president

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Globe’s data privacy book for children among Best Reads in 7th National Children’s Book Awards

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:00
“Safe Space: A Kid’s Guide to Data Privacy,” a book developed and published by Globe and non-profit Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (Canvas), has won as one of the best reads at the 7th National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA), the country’s premier award for locally-published children and young adult books.

A board of experts from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), a non-profit organization committed to the development of children’s literature, selected the book as one of the winners after evaluating titles published in the last two years.

The activity book introduces the concept of personal data to children aged 6 to 12 and teaches them how to protect themselves online. It breaks down in child-friendly language the importance of keeping personal data secure, how such information may be compromised, what children and parents can do to avoid becoming a victim, and how to address similar concerns.

It was written by Gigo Alampay, an expert in ICT law and policy, and founder and Executive Director of Canvas, a non-profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy,

“Globe has launched various initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to privacy and security awareness, not only among adults but also among children. It is important that children understand the concept of data privacy from a young age, so we decided to do it in a fun way to keep them engaged,” said Globe’s Chief Privacy Officer Irish Salandanan-Almeida.

"Using the internet is inevitable nowadays, even for children, and along with it comes potential exposure to harm and exploitation. Canvas along with our partners at Globe, have created a way for children to become more aware of data privacy at an early age. “Safe Space: A Kids Guide to Data Privacy” uses fun and light language and imagery to explain the complex concepts of data privacy and security to children," said Alampay.

Safe Space is available in print and digital formats, and may be downloaded for free at https://globeelibrary.ph/books/safe-space-a-kids-guide-to-data-privacy or https://www.canvas.ph/catalog/safe-space.

Globe earlier received the “Privacy Initiative of the Year Award” recognition at the Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) Awards 2021 hosted by the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

To learn more about Globe’s data privacy and security initiatives, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom/sustainability/globe-elibrary-data-privacy-security.html. (SPONSORED CONTENT)
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Over 100 private schools in Central Visayas halt operations

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:58
MORE than 100 private schools in Central Visayas have shut down their operations amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, according to the top official of the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DOH 7).

As of Aug. 17, 2022, only 892 private schools are left in the region and expected to operate for the school year 2022-2023, DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez told SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The regional director earlier said Central Visayas had about 1,000 private schools and 3,000 public schools.

Jimenez said some of the private schools shut down their operations from the school year 2020-2021, although the majority did so in the school year 2021-2022.

Those that shut down were a combination of kindergarten to high schools, he said.

“More on enrollment, usually the small schools, especially those catering only to kindergarten students,” said Jimenez when asked the reason for the closures.

Jimenez said, though, that he received communication from two of the affected schools that they would reopen for this school year.

“Maybe some are still recovering from Typhoon Odette. Their school buildings were destroyed, so they need more time to recover,” he added.

Lapu-Lapu City

In Lapu-Lapu City, at least nine private schools closed down during the school year 2021-2022 due to the low number of enrollees and difficulty in holding online classes.

Only 70 private schools continued to operate amid the Covid-19 pandemic, DepEd Lapu-Lapu City Division Superintendent Wilfreda Bongalos said earlier.

Bongalos remained optimistic that the operations of the affected schools would someday return to normal.
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Over 100 schools in Central Visayas halt operations

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:58
MORE than 100 private schools in Central Visayas have shut down their operations amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

This was disclosed by Salustiano Jimenez, director of the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7), to SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, although he could not yet give the exact total number of affected schools.

Jimenez said only 892 private schools are left in the region and are expected to operate for the school year 2022-2023.

The regional director earlier said Central Visayas has about 1,000 private schools and more or less 3,000 public schools.

He said some of the private schools reportedly shut down their operations from the school year 2020-2021, although the majority was noted last school year 2021-2022.

He added that those that have shut down their operations were a combination of kindergarten to high school.

“More on enrollment, usually the small schools, especially katong nag-cater lang og kinder,” said Jimenez when asked about the reason behind the closures.

Jimenez said, though, that he received two communications from two of the affected schools informing him that they will reopen for this school year.

“Maybe, some are still recovering from Typhoon Odette, nangaguba ang mga school buildings so they need more time to recover,” he added.

In Lapu-Lapu City, at least nine private schools have closed down during the school year 2021-2022 due to the low number of enrollees and their difficulty to hold online classes.

Only 70 private schools continued to operate amid the Covid-19 pandemic, DepEd Lapu-Lapu City Division Superintendent Wilfreda Bongalos said earlier.

Bongalos remained optimistic that the operations of the affected schools will someday return to normal. (MKG)
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Ex-PSG chief Niembra is new PH Army Inspector General

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:57

MANILA - Maj. Gen. Jose Eriel Niembra formally assumed on Tuesday as the Inspector General of the Philippine Army, the unit tasked to provide complete oversight for the 110,000-strong force.

In a statement Wednesday, PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said the change-of-chief office ceremon

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50 houses constructed near river to be removed

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:49
AROUND 50 houses in a private subdivision situated along the Butuanon River may soon be destroyed as the Cebu City Government is ramping up its clearing operations along major waterways as part of its river-improvement efforts and flood-control projects.

Personnel from the Office of the Building Official (OBO) conducted an ocular inspection in a subdivision in Barangay Pit-os on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, to check the integrity of houses and other structures reported to be affected by the swelling of the river due to the intermittent weather in the past few days.

OBO head Architect Florante Catalan said 52 houses located in one subdivision have illegally encroached on the three-meter river easement, and based on their assessment seven houses are no longer safe for occupancy due to cracks and gaps found in the structures.

Catalan added that they will invite the developer of the subdivision to explain why it allowed the construction of houses within the river’s three-meter easemen.

Findings

According to Catalan, the city government issued a building permit to the developer in 2011 and an occupancy permit in 2012. However, Catalan said there was no record found indicating an issuance of a fencing permit for the subdivision’s fence.

Catalan further said they have noticed that residents have built extensions in their houses which were not included in the original plan as stated in the approved building permit.

Aside from causing the river to overflow, the additional structures could also be the cause of the collapse of the river’s riprap, he added.

City Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said the subdivision should have a total of a five-meter easement since it was constructed beside the river. Once the easement is recovered, the Department of Public Works and Highways’ flood control projects will then follow, he added.

The councilor further said they will sit down with the developers to discuss the possible relocation sites for the affected homeowners.

Guardo said it is the obligation of the developers to provide compensation to the residents but the City Government will look at what kind of aid can be extended to the families who will be displaced.

Mayor Michael Rama has already said private structures will not be spared in the City’s river improvement efforts.
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50 houses along Butuanon River in Pit-os up for demolition

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:49
AROUND 50 privately owned houses situated along the Butuanon River may soon be destroyed, as the Cebu City Government ramped up its clearing operations along major waterways as part of its river improvement and flood control projects.

The Office of the Building Official (OBO) conducted an ocular inspection in a subdivision unit in Barangay Pit-os Wednesday, August 17, 2022, to check the integrity of houses and other structures reported to be affected by the swelling of the river due to the intermittent weather in the past few days.

OBO head architect Florante Catalan said that 52 houses are illegally encroaching within the three-meter river easement, and based on their assessment, seven houses are no longer safe for occupancy due to cracks and gaps found in the structures.

Catalan said they will invite the developer of the subdivision to explain the mishaps and determine what assistance the latter can provide to the affected residents.

According to Catalan, the City Government issued a building permit to the developer in 2011 and an occupancy permit in 2012. But Catalan said there was no record found indicating an issuance of a fencing permit for the subdivision.

"Atong nakita nga naay koral but wala mi nakita didto for application for fencing (permit), mahog nga illegal nga na construct," said Catalan.

Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said the subdivision should have a total of a five-meter easement since it was constructed beside the river.

"Within the property line, two meters ang setback requirement sa subdivision but kini man gyud, naa siya pidpid sa sapa. Sa local government nga ordinance, three meters man gyud ang requirements so dapat mo set back sila daan og three meters," Guardo said.

Mayor Michael Rama has already said that there will be “no sacred cow” in the city’s clearing operation and private structures will not be spared in their river improvement efforts. (IRT)
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PBBM receives booster shot vs. Covid-19

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:47

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday received his booster shot against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Marcos received the additional dose against coronavirus during his attendance to the "PinasLakas" vaccine campaign at the Department of Health (DOH) vacci

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PBBM receives booster shot vs. Covid-19

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:47

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday received his booster shot against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Marcos received the additional dose against coronavirus during his attendance to the "PinasLakas" vaccine campaign at the Department of Health (DOH) vacci

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Seaside lockdown shows Covid-zero's lasting hit to China's tourism

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:43
August 17, 2022 12:43 PM

Summer vacation hotspots are struggling to get Covid-19 outbreaks under control.

 

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Hong Kong mulls quarantine service for visitors to China: Report

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:35
August 17, 2022 12:35 PM

The service would ease the quarantine logjam that has crimped returns to China.

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Talisay cops to monitor ‘youth gangs’

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:35
LOCAL police in Talisay City are monitoring the presence of five “youth gangs” who would reportedly cause trouble beyond curfew hours in the city.

Lt. Col. Randy Caballes, chief of Talisay City’s local police force, said it is monitoring the movements of these five youth gangs as part of their orders to prevent minors from gathering in the city streets just after curfew hours.

Caballes said their aim is to get their names, trace their parents so police could speak to them and find out who the members are.

He said these groups have been gathering in different parts of the city, but trouble could ensue if these groups meet.

Tanods made this discovery when they apprehended 18-year- old Renmar Cainap in Barangay Dumlog last Sunday morning, Aug. 14, 2022, after they received reports that a group of minors had gathered in the area.

When they got to the scene, they found Cainap, a resident of Barangay Lawaan 3, and recovered a knife from his possession.

Police said Cainap belongs to the Batang Maghaway Gang, whose members are mostly minors.

“We are still trying to verify the names of the leaders. Once we have them, then we invite their parents,” Caballes said in Cebuano.

Nothing wrong with youth groups but...

He clarified that they are not against groups, especially those that help the community. However, they frown upon public gatherings as these could lead to conflicts.

He said they have been strictly enforcing the curfew on minors since face-to-face classes will start on Aug. 22.

“Without the curfew, members of different groups could have altercations while they hang out late at night. That would carry over when they meet each other in school,” Caballes said in Cebuano.

He said he plans to work hand in hand with teachers to ensure the safety of students.

It won’t be the first time that police will join hands with schools. The Talisay City Police Station actively participated on the first day of Brigada Eskwela 2022.
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Talisay City ‘home’ to 5 ‘gangs’

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:35
TALISAY City has five gangs whose members are mostly minors.

Lieutenant Colonel Randy Caballes, Talisay City Police Station chief, said they are currently monitoring the groups to determine who their leaders are.

Caballes said their aim is to get their names, trace their parents so police could speak to them and find out who the members are.

He said these groups have been gathering in different parts of the city, but trouble could ensue if these groups meet.

Tanods made this discovery when they apprehended 18-year-old Renmar Cainap in Barangay Dumlog last Sunday morning, August 14, 2022, after they received reports that a group of minors had gathered in the area.

When they got to the scene, they found Cainap, a resident of Barangay Lawaan 3, and recovered a knife from his possession.

Police said Cainap belongs to the Batang Maghaway Gang, whose members are mostly minors.

“We are still trying to verify the names of the leaders. Once we have them, then we invite their parents,” Caballes said in Cebuano.

He clarified that they are not against groups, especially those that help the community. However, they frown upon public gatherings as these could lead to conflicts.

He said they have been strictly enforcing the curfew on minors since face-to-face classes will start on Aug. 22.

“Without the curfew, members of different groups could have altercations while they hang out late at night. That would carry over when they meet each other in school,” Caballes said in Cebuano.

He said he plans to work hand in hand with teachers to ensure the safety of students.

It won’t be the first time that police will join hands with schools. The Talisay City Police Station actively participated on the first day of Brigada Eskwela 2022. (BBT/PJB)

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Talisay police monitor 5 gangs

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:35
FIVE groups of gangsters in Talisay City have been monitored by police to prevent possible riots.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Randy Caballes, chief of Talisay City Police Office, said most of the members of these gangs are minors.

He said the gangsters usually hang around late at night in Barangay Dumlog.

The monitoring will be done after the police arrested an 18-year-old man for possession of a bladed weapon.

It was later found out that the teenager is a member of Batang Maghaway Gang. He was with other members of the group who managed to escape when police conducted a roving in Barangay Dumlog last Sunday, August 14, 2022.

On Monday, Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas issued an executive order that mandates the implementation of a six-hour curfew for minors in the city.

The curfew starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. (BBT/LMY)
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Asian Orthopedics-2014 nips Carampatana-2012 to go to 6-0 in SHAABAA

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:31
Zach Huang came up big in crunchtime, scoring a three-point play with four seconds left to lift the Asian Orthopedics-2014 past the Carampatana Food Corp.-2012, 92-90, in overtime in the 25th Sacred Heart Ateneo Alumni Basketball Athletic Association (SHAABAA) on Tuesday night at the Magis Eagles Arena in Mandaue City.

Down one, 89-90, after Revrev Diputado canned a booming three-pointer from the right wing, Huang answered right back with a power move inside that saw him get the basket despite getting fouled. The current Chooks-to-Go 3x3 standout then made the bonus free-throw to give 2014 a 92-90 lead with 4.1 seconds left.

2012 had a shot at either tying the game or even winning it but Dave Yu’s jumper fell short while Diputado’s putback came after the final buzzer sounded.

It was a thrilling match between two title contenders in Division C that saw 12 lead changes and 10 ties. 2014 now holds a 6-0 card while 2012 dropped to 2-1.

Huang finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Jair Igna had 23 points, eight boards, and four assists. Gio Laguyo added 17 points and eight assists.

Diputado had 23 points for 2012 while Julius Cadavis had 22 points and 13 boards.

In the other Division C game, the SABR Solutions Inc.-2018 bested the UNAHCO, Inc.-2022, 87-81, to even up their record at 1-1.

Lyder Kent Canieso had 30 points and 13 rebounds to power 2018 to the victory. Eroll Pastor added 18 points and 10 boards, Andre Chua added 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Xavier Tarriman added a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards.

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ARF at full stretch to deal with myriad challenges: Jakarta Post contributor

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:30
August 17, 2022 12:30 PM

The writer says all eyes are on Indonesia to guide the ARF a significant boost to its initiatives, capacity and efficacy.

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Action, more than public avowal, needed to check corruption: Daily Star

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:30
August 17, 2022 12:30 PM

The paper says a practice of sustained and systemic action against the corrupt, including those politically connected, is yet to be instituted.

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China heatwave pushes up prices as hens lay fewer eggs

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 12:26
August 17, 2022 12:26 PM

In some cities, egg prices are up by 30%.

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