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Venezuela military trafficking food as country goes hungry

PUERTO CABELLO — When hunger drew tens of thousands of Venezuelans to the streets last summer in protest, President Nicolas Maduro turned to the military to.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 1st, 2017

Workers fired for selling 15,000 apples to one client in Cuba

  Several employees of a Cuban supermarket have been fired for selling 15,000 apples to a single customer in a country regularly plagued by food shortages.   State news outlet Granma reported on Friday that the employees involved were let go after news of the sale first broke on the blog of a Cuban journalist, who witnessed it at a supermarket in Havana.   A group of "young, husky people" who were "organized in a quasi-military" way appeared at the store and bought 150 cases of 100 apples, according to journalist Iorel Sanchez, who said all the fruit was for a single customer.   The buyer paid the equivalent of 45 cents per apple, according to...Keep on reading: Workers fired for selling 15,000 apples to one client in Cuba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Air strikes in Yemen threaten food aid for 3.5M ‘very hungry people’ — UN

The UN warned Friday that shelling and air strikes in Yemen's Hodeida province have targeted humanitarian workers and infrastructure, threatening its ability to feed 3.5 million "very hungry people." The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was "extremely concerned about the series of security incidents in Hodeida city these past few days in and around deconflicted sites critical for the humanitarian response in Yemen", describing the situation as "alarming". The UN agency warned that "the conflict (is) threatening the continuity of humanitarian assistance to the city and surrounding areas where needs are among the highest in the country." Fighting has raged in recent days close t...Keep on reading: Air strikes in Yemen threaten food aid for 3.5M ‘very hungry people’ — UN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Venezuela urged to accept migration crisis humanitarian aid

QUITO, Ecuador – A group of Latin American countries signed a resolution on Tuesday, September 4, urging Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to accept humanitarian aid to "alleviate" the country's migration crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled an economic collapse in Venezuela that has resulted in food and medicine shortages ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

UNICEF chief condemns ‘carnage’ in Yemen with 2,200 children killed

The UN slammed Tuesday the devastating impact of Yemen's three-year conflict on children, with some 2,200 minors killed, and many more going hungry, forced to fight or dying from preventable diseases. "The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss," warned Henrietta Fore, the executive director of the UN children's agency. Fore, who has just returned from a visit to the war-ravaged country, said in a statement she had seen "what three years of intense war after decades of underdevelopment and chronic global indifference can do to children." Nearly 10,000 people have died since a Saudi-led military coalition began fighting in Yemen...Keep on reading: UNICEF chief condemns ‘carnage’ in Yemen with 2,200 children killed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Doctors fear rise in organ trafficking as demand spikes

DAVAO CITY --- Trafficking in human organs, especially kidneys, could increase as a result of a spike in the number of people with chronic renal diseases, according to a government hospital official here. "Something must be wrong with our eating habits, the food we eat, the drugs that we take," said Dr. Ma. Teresa Bad-ang, head of human advocate and retrieval effort of Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) here. Renal diseases, she said, were among the top 10 killers in the country today. At SPMC alone, the number of people with renal diseases had gone up to 32,000 over 10 years from just 6,000 in 2007, Bad-ang said. This made ...Keep on reading: Doctors fear rise in organ trafficking as demand spikes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Myanmar’s great hope fails to live up to expectations – The Guardian

The script called for the lead actor, a Nobel prize winner, to seize control of a country, bring peace where there was conflict and prosperity where there was poverty. A nation emerging from years of military dictatorship was to become a beacon of hope not only for its cowed population but also for much of a fractured and turbulent south-east Asia. But like many political dramas – especially over the past 12 months – the script has not been followed by Myanmar and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, a year since one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience came to power in the specially created position of state counsellor, the talk is not of progress. Instead, it is of drastically escalating ethnic conflicts that have simmered and sporadically exploded for decades; a new Rohingya Muslim insurgency that has prompted an army crackdown some say may amount to crimes against humanity; a rash of online defamation cases that have fostered a panic over freedom of speech; and a repressive legal framework that allowed the generals to jail so many still being in place. And all the while, Aung San Suu Kyi is accused of remaining mostly silent, doggedly avoiding the media. Many who led the campaign [to free her] were on the liberal side. I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher. Interviews by the Guardian with more than a dozen diplomats, analysts and current and former advisers reveal frustrations with a top-down government struggling to cope with immense challenges. Aung San Suu Kyi’s questionable leadership style, her inability or unwillingness to communicate a vision, and her reluctance to speak out against the persecution of minorities have raised the question of whether the popular narrative is misplaced. And although some defend her, saying it takes time to right the wrongs of decades, others see a fundamental misunderstanding of the woman herself. “Many of the people who led the campaign [to free Aung San Suu Kyi] … were more on the liberal side of the spectrum,” one diplomat put it. “I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher.” It’s a stark contrast to the Aung San Suu Kyi who, during 15 years of house arrest at her lakeside villa on University Avenue in Yangon, stood on rickety tables and delivered speeches about human rights over the gate. “And she was electric,” said David Mathieson, a longtime Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch who is now an independent consultant. “She was funny. She was informative. She was principled … And I think it’s lamentable that she’s not doing the equivalent of that now.” Five hours north by car from Yangon, Myanmar’s dystopian capital Naypyidaw stands surrounded by densely forested mountains. It is here, in the so-called Abode of Kings supposedly built to insulate Myanmar’s generals from attack, amid a landscape of deserted 20-lane highways and grandiose hotels, that Aung Sun Suu Kyi lives her life in power. The 71-year-old is a disciplined ruler. Her habit, established during imprisonment, is to wake before dawn and meditate in the house she shares with her pet dog and a small retinue of maids. She has breakfast with an adviser, often Kyaw Tint Swe, a former ambassador who spent decades defending the junta’s actions. An aide, Win Htein, says Aung San Suu Kyi eats very little. “The amount of food she is taking is like a kitten,” he said. “She doesn’t eat carbohydrates. Fruit and vegetables. No pork, or mutton, or beef. Only fish.” Her few indulgences include a vast wardrobe of luxurious silk longyis and evening film viewings, musicals being her favourite. Win Htein recently gave her a copy of La La Land. But mostly she works. And there is a lot of work. As well as state counsellor – a position created to get around the military-drafted constitution that bars her from the presidency – she is foreign minister, minister of the president’s office and chair of numerous committees. Widely described as a micromanager, she pores over documents after hours. A source close to the attorney general’s office says she asks to see a copy of every draft bill before it is submitted to parliament. Ministers routinely pass decisions upwards. “The problem is there are no policymakers in her cabinet,” said Burmese political analyst Myat Ko. People who know her say Aung San Suu Kyi inspires both devotion and fear. She is variously described as charming and charismatic, and sharp and authoritarian. “She feels like a real leader,” one diplomat said. “Intelligent, quick-witted, quite funny.” At the same time, he added: “I would say that she has appeared to be very keen to be the sole decision-maker to have no chance of establishing rival power centres.” Echelons above her subordinates in stature, the state counsellor is often depicted as living in a bubble, surrounded by a cabal of advisers who are too nervous to convey hard truths. A Yangon-based analyst working on the peace process said bad news often does not reach her. “In meetings, she is dismissive, dictatorial – in some cases, belittling,” said a senior aid worker who, like many others interviewed for this story, insisted on anonymity because he works with the administration. The government, he said, has become “so centralised, there is complete fear of her”. This is not the administration many hoped for when the National League for Democracy (NLD) took over the government [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Duterte urged to continue peace talks with rebels

DAVAO CITY – Farmers fighting for genuine land reform have appealed on Sunday to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks with communist rebels after he scrapped the negotiations following the spate of deadly attacks by insurgents in southern Philippines. Duterte’s decision to abandon the negotiations with communist leaders came on Saturday barely a day after he terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire with New People’s Army rebels who also ended earlier its own truce. Since then, at least 4 soldiers had been killed by rebels in separate attacks and three more are being held prisoners in the troubled region. The rebels demanded the release of some 400 political prisoners &'' mostly NPA fighters and their leaders – languishing in jails across the country, but Duterte flatly rejected the demand, saying, a peace accord must be signed first before he could grant amnesty to political prisoners, although he had ordered the release from prison at least 21 senior rebel leaders to join the peace talks. Duterte said he cannot free all political prisoners and claimed that such action may trigger unrest in the police and military. Peace talks and land reform  But Joseph Canlas, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, one of the biggest farmers’ organizations in the country, said the continuation of peace negotiations is in the best interest of farmers, who are pressing for genuine land reform, land distribution and real change under the Duterte administration. “Farmers want the peace negotiations to continue. We want the peace talks to help address the problem of land monopoly, landlessness of farmers, unemployment and to realize the equitable distribution of social wealth,” Canlas said. “The peace negotiation is a separate and distinct track of struggle to press for significant pro-people reforms. While the New People’s Army and President Duterte announced the termination of the unilateral interim ceasefires, it should not hinder the continuation of the talks that is gaining relevant developments with regard to discussions on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, particularly agrarian reform and rural development,” he added. Canlas said based on the reported outcome of third round of the peace talks in Rome recently, the government, in principle, acquiesced to free land distribution to farmers and farm workers and that alone is a milestone with regard to pushing for socio-economic reforms and enough grounds to continue the talks. Pedro Arnado, leader of the farmers’ group in southern Mindanao, also urged Duterte not to abandon the peace talks, saying, the resumption of war with rebels may spark a series of illegal arrest and human rights violations, and even extrajudicial killings of civilians by government soldiers. “We call for the continuation of the peace talks and compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law to avoid rights violations of civilians,” said Arnado, who noted that at least 20 farmers and national minorities were killed during the ceasefire period. “For us farmers, a just peace means food for our families, education for our children and recognition of our right to the land we till.” Arnado said while the ultimate goal of the peace talks is to resolve the armed conflict and achieve cessation of hostilities, that wouldn’t be possible at this period when there are conflicting social classes and interests. “Big land estates, haciendas and landholdings remain intact and under the control of a few landlord families. That is in contrast with the situation of millions of tillers,” Arnado said, adding, Duterte should realize that people in the countryside are supporting and even joining the armed revolution because of the systemic and chronic crisis that is worsened by the government’s failure to address the most basic problems in rural areas. “Historically, it is the peasant masses that have made the ultimate sacrifices to achieve peace. Buhay na ang ibinuwis ng mga magsasaka para sa lupa at kapayapaan. The cost of peace is too expensive, farmers have paid it with their lives,” Arnado said. Cancel passport of communist negotiators Duterte also threatened to cancel the passports of the representatives National Democratic Front of the Philippines &'' the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA &'' who make up the peace panel negotiating with the government, saying, “they are in the wanted list, so I will alert the International Police to arrest them where they are because they are in wanted list. I'll cancel their passports.” “They can return, all of them. For those released by the government, they should, on their own volition, return here and go back to prison. Or else I will be forced to, I am alerting all the intelligence community to keep track of where they are now,” Duterte said. “Iyon na-release temporarily to talk with us in Oslo, they should come back and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the government because they are still in prison. Walang pardon, walang amnesty, wala lahat.” Blame Duterte, AFP The NPA blamed Duterte for the breakdown of the talks and accused the military of sabotaging the peace negotiations, saying, security forces encroached and attacked rebel territories in Mindanao, and murdered innocent civilians suspected of supporting the communist group. “To conceal their own ceasefire violation, the spin doctors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines concocted yet another storyline of an anti-criminality operation to assist the Philippine National Police in going after lawless elements such as their botched combat operations in Makilala and Matalam [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2017

Philippines moves up on Global Food Security Index

As the country suffers from rising food prices due to tight supply of basic goods, a global metrics on food security believes the Philippines has improved its capacity to feed its people......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

U.N. Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

UNITED NATIONS – The United States and 8 other countries on Tuesday, October 16, requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas . The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

EDITORIAL - Zero hunger

The country joins the international community in observing World Food Day today, less than a week after pollster Social Weather Stations released the results of its third quarter survey showing an increase in self-rated hunger......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

DA mulls support prices for chicken, hog raisers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is studying to provide farm support prices (suggested buying prices) for chicken and hog raisers in the country. “We will consider” providing farm support prices for “chicken and pork,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol told reporters at the sidelines of the opening of World Food Day at the DA grounds in [...] The post DA mulls support prices for chicken, hog raisers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

3 million Afghans in urgent need of food – U.N.

KABUL, Afghanistan – At least 3 million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, October 15, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory. A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Cynthia Villar files COC, wants Senate reelection in 2019

Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar filed on Monday her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the headquarters of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the 2019 polls. Villar, who chairs the Senate committee on agriculture and food and agrarian reform, is seeking her second term as senator. She said she would push for more programs on agriculture and livelihood in the country if she wins a second term in the Senate. She was joined by her husband, former senator Manny Villar, daughter Camille and supporters, who carried tarpaulins of her photos and wore orange shirts. Villar said she was confident she would win in the upcoming elections despite signing the Tax Reform for ...Keep on reading: Cynthia Villar files COC, wants Senate reelection in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

PMA names new superintendent

MAJOR GENERAL Ronnie S. Evangelista has officially taken over as the new superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy, the country’s top military academic institution following a turnover ceremony last Oct. 12. The post PMA names new superintendent appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Bashed and bullied, Muslim beauty earns long-sought crown

Being part of the Muslim community and wearing a swimsuit in a beauty pageant presented its own set of challenges for Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel.   The 21-year-old Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 bagged the Miss Asia Pacific International crown early this month, giving the country its first win in the pageant since 1993.   Her answer during the final question-and-answer portion of the international pageant must have resonated with the judges, just as it had personally affected her, according to the Sultan Kudarat native.   The top five finalists --- Misses Venezuela, Mongolia, Brazil, Philippines and Costa Rica --- were asked: "What do you think is the...Keep on reading: Bashed and bullied, Muslim beauty earns long-sought crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

WASHINGTON --- Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer on Saturday, asking God to provide the president "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him." Trump welcomed Brunson to the White House to celebrate his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey, which had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from U.S. evangelical groups. Brunson returned to the U.S. aboard a military jet shortly before meeting the president. He was detained in October 2016, formally arrested that December and placed under house arrest on...Keep on reading: US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Colombia park fights animal trafficking with education

    BOGOTA, Colombia --- On the outskirts of Colombia's capital red macaws share a nature reserve with ocelots and black-headed parrots. A white-crested harpy eagle whistles at schoolchildren who walk on a well-preserved trail.   The animals come from different regions of this ecologically diverse South American country. But most of them share one thing in common: They were rescued from animal traffickers.   As leaders in the fight against wildlife trafficking gather in London this week at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, conservationists around the world are working to provide shelters to the thousands of animals that have been rescued fro...Keep on reading: Colombia park fights animal trafficking with education.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

US-PH war exercise worries China

  China has raised concerns about a joint US-Philippine military exercise that coincides with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country in November, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday.   Roque said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua raised the concern in a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacaang on Monday.   Zhao called on the President to discuss Xi's visit.   "China of course expressed concern over a naval, a military, exercise that the United States will be conducting in the area about the same time that the Chinese president will be in the Philippines," Roque said.   ...Keep on reading: US-PH war exercise worries China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

‘We have to be self-sufficient’

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE top official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) emphasized that the country needs to be “self-sufficient.” During the Food Security Summit Visayas cluster on Oct 9, 2018 held at Royal Convention Hall, Iloilo City, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that towns should be able to rely on their own resources. “Because the population is […] The post ‘We have to be self-sufficient’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Rice-corn mix to be sold in Metro markets

To lessen Filipinos' dependence on rice as a staple, the government will be rolling out a program that will incorporate corn in the country's food supply starting this year.   Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol said in an interview that the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) would make available a rice-corn mix in the market---a 50-50 blend made of rice and white corn grits.   The new grain variety is expected to provide a healthier food option for Filipinos, tone down pressure for the country to import more rice and provide support to local corn growers.   "NFA and DA were directed to form a technical working group that...Keep on reading: Rice-corn mix to be sold in Metro markets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018