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AFTER a swarm of locusts attacked 2,000 hectares of farmland in Bantayan town more than two months ago, another batch of hoppers is starting to produce their offspring, which is a threat to the next cropping season. Municipal Agriculturist Alex Fernandez said that now is the ideal time to eradicate the “wingless nymphs,” as they

Cebu City to close Inayawan landfill again

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is willing to sit down with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to discuss a timetable for the closure of the Inayawan landfill. He told the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday, October 24, that the City Government will shut down the landfill on January 1, 2017. Read

‘Lawin’ damage on agriculture, infrastructure reaches P2B

MANILA — Super Typhoon Lawin’s estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure in four regions in the Philippines has reached P2 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday. The damage to infrastructure and agriculture reached P1,402,245,000 and P645,515,777.90, respectively, in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region

Tales from my feet: the Africa in my Mind

THE first word that enters my mind when you mention the word Africa is “wild”. “Wild” for me means exciting, mysterious, untamed—my perception of this country which I thought would just remain on my bucket list for a long time. Read More

Cebu is 5th world’s best island for 2016

CEBU ranked fifth in the list of the world’s best islands, according to the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards of the international magazine Conde Nast Traveler. Boracay Island took the first spot after it bumped Palawan Island to the second rank of the world’s 20 best islands. Read More

8 Cebu destinations (International Copycats Edition)

WHAT international destination is in your bucket list? Do you turn green with envy every time you see a Facebook friend check-in to places you can only dream of going to? Sure, international travel will cost an arm and a leg but who says you can’t capture the perfect “international” selfie here? Head on to

Team Titans join Basura run 2016

OVER 20 Davao runners joined the First 5-Piece Daily Habit-Basura Run 2016 held recently in an out-and-back course from Victoria Plaza Bajada, Davao City. Cebu Ultrarunners Club (CBC) president and founder of the 5-Pieces Daily Habit Tony Galon, in a phone interview with SunStar Davao, said Team Titans Davao (TTD) joined the five-kilometer run. Read

London School of Marketing hosts unconventional graduation

THOUSANDS of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students.

Almost 2,000 students received their awards from the London School of Marketing (LSM) at the Global Graduation Ceremony, held at the O2 Arena.

Among them were 47 students from the Philippines.

Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)
Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)

The ceremony offered a modern take on traditional graduations with students able to walk up on stage on a first come basis, receive their awards and have selfies with their families.

There was even a photo booth, complete with fun props, for students and their families to take silly snaps.

The London School of Marketing (LSM) is leading the way in e-learning and over the last three years has opened a network of Local Access Points (LAPs) across the globe.

These allow students to study for a UK accredited degree from home rather than travelling to and living in the UK.

LSM teaches them virtually but with offline support in their home country. The LAPs offer a physical presence within a country and local support for the student.

Today it teaches students from India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sri Lanka and many more.

Students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Qatar and many other nationalities took part in the event.

Anton Dominique, chief finance officer for LSM said: “Over the last three years we’ve seen huge changes in the way education is delivered. For these students we offer them a cost effective way to gain a degree or qualification from a UK University without leaving home. For many it means they can study and work at the same time.

“We wanted the graduation ceremony to be different too and reflect the changing times. For many of our students, this was the first time they had visited London and we wanted the event to be one they would remember.

“That’s why it was all about having fun and enjoying the moment with their families and friends.”

Mr Dominique continued: “Our experience shows that international students do want a UK education but the cost of moving to and studying in the UK is prohibitive for many of them.

“Our Local Access Points can really make a difference. It gives students the chance to gain a UK accredited degree at a fraction of the cost. Feedback we’ve had from graduates proves the approach is working with many saying it’s already improving their career prospects.” (PR)

Urban gardening

WHO says farming and gardening can only be done efficiently and effectively in the rural areas? With urban gardening, one can practice agriculture and generate extra income from it, making healthy food available just right at your backyard or garage for instance. Recognizing this, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is strengthening the Urban Gardening Program,

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival reels off

An agricultural fair and a lechon parade at the historical Plaza Pershing marked the start on Saturday of the 2016 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the agricultural fair dubbed as Cosechas de Zamboanga aims to provide local farmers to showcase their products. Continue reading->