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Physicians uses Smart app to screen amputees

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Nine months ago, when Typhoon Yolanda — one of the world's most powerful typhoons ever recorded — hit Tacloban, hundreds of thousands of people's lives were forever changed. These include survivors who lost their loved ones, those who were left homeless, and those who lost a limb to accidents caused by the typhoon.

Thanks to the prostheses mission organized recently in Tacloban City by the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM), in cooperation with partners, at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez hospital, many amputee-survivors will be given a new lease on life through the Walking Free Program of Physicians for Peace (PfP).  
With the help of the Amputee Screening through Cellphone Networking (ASCENT) mobile app, which PfP started using in 2010, the screening process greatly improved. 
Whereas the regular screening process of paper and pen would take one whole day, ASCENT enabled the PFP team to finish the screening and prostheses measurement in Tacloban within four ho…

PH goes ‘5G’; Smart fires up LTE-Advanced

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Two years after it pioneered the deployment of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology in the country, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), is now running in the Philippines’ largest and strongest network.

Smart switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City recently, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards.
LTE-A, referred to as ‘5G’ by reports on leading global mobile operators AT&T and T-Mobile, delivers data from between 100 megabits per second (mbps) to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.
By firing up LTE-A technology on its network, Smart joins only a handful of carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.
“Even as our 3G and 4G networks continue to be unriva…

Agro-eco tourism site GAIA to rise in Zarraga

As a result of its sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) process, the town of Zarraga finally breaks ground, August 10, for Garden Area for Initiatives in Action (GAIA), an agro-eco tourism site that includes a research farm, a green house, vermin-composting facility, organic agriculture center and other sustainability-aligned activities.
“It will be a dynamic showcase for walking the talk in caring for the planet. It will be a place to visit by Zarraganhons and non-Zarraganhons alike, to learn for students and farmers, and to enjoy for the whole family,” said Mayor John Tarrosa.
GAIA has nine components. First is the research farm, which will be the venue for all crop related researches while utilizing organic agriculture technologies that will help farmers increase their income.
Second is the model farm, which will be the site for testing and showcasing organic agriculture technologies prior to their implementation in the various organic farming communities.
Third is the Iloilo…

Malaysian Hotels offer Supervisory Course

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The Malaysian Association of Hotels Training and Education Centre (MAHTEC) is inviting hospitality management, hotel and restaurant management and tourism graduates to enroll in a six month supervisory program in Malaysia.
MAHTEC general manager Sahak Ahmed said that participants will undergo an intensive 30-day program before participating in a full time supervisory internship allowing them to be Certified Hospitality Supervisory Programme (CHSP) awardees.


He also added that the program is ideal for holders of relevant degrees in the hospitality and tourism sectors, below the age of 26, and wishing to obtain supervisory skills training. The certificate offered will be advantageous, as both Malaysia and the Philippines, head towards the ASEAN integration in 2015.
MAHTEC has opened its training facilities and programs to students and young professionals from other countries. In the Philippines, it has tied up through, it's training partner AXSEL Management International Sdn Bhd and lo…

Confessions from a former smoker

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I was a teenager when I started to smoke a cigarette. Being away from home and my parents’ prying eyes during college in Manila provided me with the freedom to try many things, including smoking.
My college’s cafeteria has an al fresco area where students can smoke. So, puffed we did, in between conversations about how the 2,000: 40 girl-boy population in school has resulted to the bloated egos of our male students, among other things.
Had so many memories about smoking, which at that time, I thought was “cool”. Even experimented on the latest brands and flavors. Loved those slims! Didn’t care about the “rumors” that smoking can cause bad breath.
Memory 1: Mom confronted me after she found a pack of cigarettes inside my bag. The rebellious teen then lectured her about respect and opening other people’s bags, a tactic (huwag tularan) to veer away from the real issue of smoking.
Memory 2: Peer pressure. I thought I succeeded in tempting another teen – my brother – when he lighted a cigaret…

CEB flies 8 million passengers in 1H 2014

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Cebu Pacific posts 8% systemwide passenger growth
Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) flew 8 million passengers from January to June 2014, an increase of about 8% over 7.5 million passengers flown in the same period last year.
In June 2014, CEB carried 1.3 million passengers, an increase of 9.5% over 1.2 million passengers flown in June last year. CEB flights were about 85% full during this period.


The airline achieved notable 1H 2014 passenger growth in several international tourism and trade markets, such as Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan contributing to foreign tourist arrivals in the country.
“As CEB continues to expand its network in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Australia, we are proud to offer the fastest, most affordable access to the widest network to and from the Philippines. We look forward to serving even more travellers in these regions,” said Atty.  Jorenz Tañada, CEB VP – Corporate Affairs.


Cebu Pacific is set to begin its thrice weekly service between Manila and Kuwait on September 2,…