Blueberry diet linked to lower breast cancer risk — New Zealand study

May 11, 2016 by · Comments Off on Blueberry diet linked to lower breast cancer risk — New Zealand study 

WELLINGTON, May 10 — Women might be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer by eating more blueberries, according to a New Zealand research out Tuesday.

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New Zealand gov't hits back as "tax haven" allegations mount

May 10, 2016 by · Comments Off on New Zealand gov't hits back as "tax haven" allegations mount 

WELLINGTON, May 9 — The New Zealand government was forced to defend its tax and trust regimes Monday amid increasing claims that the country was operating as an international tax haven.

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(Feature)The "longline" to improve mussels production

January 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on (Feature)The "longline" to improve mussels production 

By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, Jan 2 (PNA) — In the Philippines, particularly in most seafood restaurants, mussels are one of staple offerings. Some offer them baked, while others prefer to have them plain with soup.

The fact that the country is surrounded with bodies of water enables fisherfolk to get many of these.

However, if the management or the way they grow these is insufficient, science says this would result to mussels that are poor in quality, small in size, and thus having low meat content.

According to the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), the usual way of growing mussels in the country is through the "stake" method". Here, young mussels could freely attach to bamboo poles that were placed in coastal areas.

To improve the green mussels production, DOST-PCAARRD has funded a project promoting the "Pinoy longline method". The project was implemented by the University of the Philippines Visayas, Samar State University, and Capiz State University.

DOST-PCAARRD said that "longline" is a culture system originally developed in New Zealand, where high-quality mussels are produced. It added that Filipino mussel farmers can adopt this method, too.

The agency said the Filipino version is composed of a 50-meter main line made of 20-mm polypropylene rope.

In this main line, black plastic containers will be attached to serve as main buoy. DOST-PCAARRD described that the black plastic containers were the ones formerly used in transporting oil and soy sauce.

How to do it? On both ends of the main line, two plastic drums with polyethylene rope tied around its body will serve as end buoys.

Place concrete anchors on both sides of the "longline" to maintain it and prevent it from moving.

Meanwhile, for stocking, PCAARRD said mussel socks made of two-meter long 10-mm polyethylene rope with cylindrical cement, weighing one kilogram at the bottom, are used in this method.

It added that about 200 pieces of mussel spats are placed in one-meter mussel sock. Mussel socks must be tied to the "longline" at 50 cm interval.

PCAARRD explained that since no bamboo poles are used in this kind of method, it will not cause sedimentation in the culture areas.

The "stake" method, on the other hand, increases sedimentation in mussel beds, which causes the culture area to be shallow. (PNA)

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High-fat, low-carb diet leads to fat loss — New Zealand study

December 8, 2015 by · Comments Off on High-fat, low-carb diet leads to fat loss — New Zealand study 

WELLINGTON, Dec. 7 — High-performance athletes and common people can burn more fat and be fitter by cutting carbohydrate intake and eating more fat, according to New Zealand research out Monday.

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PAL flights to New Zealand starts Wednesday

December 2, 2015 by · Comments Off on PAL flights to New Zealand starts Wednesday 

MANILA, Dec. 1 — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start offering four times weekly flights between Manila and Auckland in New Zealand on Wednesday, making this another first for the airline company.

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World's first day-night cricket Test declared a "roaring success"

December 1, 2015 by · Comments Off on World's first day-night cricket Test declared a "roaring success" 

CANBERRA, Nov. 30 — Cricket captains, coaches, curators, fans and a TV broadcaster have queued up to praise the world's first day-night Test in Adelaide as a "roaring success", even though Australia finished off New Zealand inside three of the allocated five days.

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President Aquino delivers his opening statement during the ABAC Dialogue with APEC Economic Leaders

November 19, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

151118183729President Benigno Aquino III (11th from left) delivers his opening statement during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with 20 APEC Economic Leaders from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States on Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2015) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)
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China to become Australia's biggest international tourism market: report

November 11, 2015 by · Comments Off on China to become Australia's biggest international tourism market: report 

MELBOURNE, Nov. 10 — China is expected to overtake New Zealand as Australia's largest tourism market by 2019-20, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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Australian rugby fans angry at 'unfair' World Cup final start time

October 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on Australian rugby fans angry at 'unfair' World Cup final start time 

CANBERRA, Oct. 29 — Australian rugby fans have expressed their disappointment at a decision by Rugby World Cup organizers to schedule the start of the final at unsociable times for southern hemisphere viewers.

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APEC sees green port award system as an important platform to improve Asia Pacific’s port industry

October 23, 2015 by · Comments Off on APEC sees green port award system as an important platform to improve Asia Pacific’s port industry 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Oct. 22 — The 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are being encouraged to participate in a program that "serves as an important platform for best practices sharing, the promotion of efficiency and sustainability, and the improvement of the overall competitiveness” of the Asia Pacific’s port industry.

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