AFCA new President Mercy Gonzales, and other officers, with the newly inducted new members of AFCA on March 1, 2014 at Versailes Convention Centre. The flawless success of the event was chaired by Ramon Guanzon. PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS

AFCA Gala and Induction

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Diabetes Mellitus

By Dr. George I. Traitses Diabetes is a severe health condition that can cause life-altering and even life-threatening problems, such as slow wound healing and nerve disorders. It can also complicate problems in muscles, bones, and joints. Diabetes results from an excessive buildup of glucose in your bloodstream. Glucose, or blood sugar, which the body 

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By Dr. George I. Traitses February brings lots of snow for most of the country and with it comes the dreaded task of snow removal. Shoveling your driveway is already a hassle; don’t let it be a pain in the neck and back, too. The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following tips to help you 

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Healthy Eating for Kids

By Dr. George I. Traitses In many families, planning and preparing meals can help children buy into weight management. Involve children in shopping and food preparation. Have the child start thinking, “I am doing this to be strong and healthy; I am accepting responsibility for my own health and growth.” Give you children a choice 

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Environmental leaders are opposed to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which, if approved and built, would transport tar sands fuels through the Midwestern U.S. to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured: A Rainforest Action Network anti tar sands pipeline protest in front of the Canadian Consulate in Chicago.
PHOTO: Rainforest Action Network

EARTHTALK: Dirty Fuels

Dear EarthTalk:What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?– Bill Green, Seattle, WA The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel and other energy sources 

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Proponents of synthetic biology tout its potential for bringing about great advances in medicine, energy and cheaper foods. But health advocates worry that the risks to health and the environment may be too great. Pictured: a researcher using “synbio” to engineer new microbes as an alternative to yeast for turning complex sugars into biofuels.
PHOTO: Lawrence Berkeley Nationall Laboratory/Roy Kaltschmidt

EARTHTALK: Synthetic Biology

Dear EarthTalk: Should those of us who care about our health and the planet be concerned about the new trend in genetic engineering called synthetic biology?–Chrissie Wilkins, Bern, NC “Synthetic biology” (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see 

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Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda joined the People Power celebration at the EDSA Shrine to press their call for press relief for their fellow victims in the Eastern
Visayas region, and tied violet ribbons in many places at Ground Zero to protest their plight. 
Photo by Manny Palmero.

Deconstructing EDSA I

By his own admission, President Noynoy Aquino sought refuge in Cebu when his father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino II, was assassinated in 1983. It was also in Cebu where his mother, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, took shelter from the political turmoil in Manila during the February 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that eventually 

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Eileen Mangubat, 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow, speaks at University of Toronto, Feb. 27.

Got a story? Go local

Journalism in time of Haiyan By Rachelle Cruz Cebu Daily News publisher and editor and 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow Eileen Mangubat on “Journalism in Time of Haiyan: The Evolving role of the community press in covering natural disasters” Newspapers aren’t dead. Nor obsolete. The ugly narrative of ‘print media becoming extinct,’ a cacophony of voices 

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By Rodel Ramos

Political Goal

Gaining political influence in Canada — Part 3 Our goal should be to have political influence in Canada and in 3 years time have at least one councilor in Greater Toronto Area and the suburb, one Member of Parliament (MP) and a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in every province. In five years we can 

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FQS: The uprising that created and nurtured people power

This time of the year since 1987, the Philippine mass media invariably lends an inordinate amount of print space and air time to political personalities, pundits, and chroniclers of modern history, even ordinary eyewitnesses, who wax nostalgic about the events surrounding the “people power” or unarmed uprising in Metro Manila that toppled the fascist dictator 

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