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[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it's not clear who should pay for them

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Is witnessing a starry night worth an eye-watering $425,000 per eye?

GENE THERAPY. Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Festa/Shutterstock

Expert warns vs wild claims linked to Dengvaxia

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The Public Attorney's Office files a civil case demanding damages amounting to P4 million against former health officials, along with officials of Sanofi Pasteur and distributor Zuellig Pharma

DENGVAXIA. PAO's forensics head Erwin Erfe says a 10-year-old vaccinated child was found with signs of the rare vaccine-related viscerotropic disease during a press conference on February 5, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Don Papa Rum launches its 3rd Annual Art Competition

Nov 28, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The winner gets an 4-week artists’ residency in New York City

DON PAPA ART. The winner of the previous Don Papa Art competition poses with her winning work, 'Field Notes for Papa Isio,' at the launch of the competition's 3rd run. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

The art and science of ‘hugot’

Oct 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For a program to work, and for change to really stick, it never hurts for people working in development to pause and look up from the program framework, do a deep dive in the communities they are working in, and dig deep to unearth the insights that drive behavior

As fish stocks dwindle, fishers seek to protect Antique’s 'tuna highway'

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Libertad is one of the 4 towns along Pandan Bay where the open seas are known as the tuna highway of Antique for their bountiful stocks of the commercially valuable fish

TUNA HAUL. Small-scale fishers unload tuna from outrigger boats after a night of fishing in Pandan Bay, at the edge of the Sulu Sea. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, Libertad, Antique

Courier nabbed trying to ship stuffed rare birds

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The birds are suspected to be used for traditional headgear

RARE BIRDS. Indonesian officials hold two stuffed Cendrawasih (paradise) birds seized by local government in Makassar on October 12, 2016. Photo by SALMAN / AFP

Spotted baby rhinos in Indonesia raise hopes for world's rarest rhino

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:18 PM

One female calf and two males were spotted in recent months in Ujung Kulon park on Java island and were all likely born in the past year

RARE SPECIES. In this undated handout picture released by Ujung Kulon national park on December 30, 2011, a Javan rhino, the rarest in the world, is seen at night. Photo from AFP

House OKs comprehensive policy for patients with rare diseases

Sep 03, 2015 - 6:16 PM

WHO says there are 7 000 known rare diseases in the world with up to 70 affecting children In PH a disease is considered rare when it affects one patient in every 20 000 population

Me, 'orphan' diseases, and Capiz

Apr 03, 2015 - 7:00 AM

In Capiz people with XDP are often mistakenly thought of as aswangs Learn about the truth behind orphan diseases like XDP

Rare Pairs: A charity dinner for orphan disorders

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:04 PM

With the lack of support from the government it is our responsibility as private citizens to contribute and support this ignored sector of our society

Copper cube gets chillingly close to 'absolute zero'

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The cooled copper mass was the coldest cubic meter in the universe for over 15 days

COLD, COLD, COLD. A photo of the CUORE cryostat. Image courtesy INFN

Keeping up hope in the fight against ALS

Aug 31, 2014 - 8:15 PM

He was 25 when he was diagnosed with ALS but Ronnel Bittig has not let his disease get in the way of living a good life

'Ice Bucket Challenge' passes $100-M mark

Aug 30, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Between July 29 and August 29 100 9 million had been raised in donations compared with 2 8 million during the same period last year

Angara bill to help patients with ALS, rare diseases

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Aside from filing the bill Senator Sonny Angara also accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

ALS: The silent, slow killer

Aug 25, 2014 - 4:00 PM

A son recalls his father s struggle with ALS disease and hopes others can learn from their family s lesson

Rare Philippines celebrates 'pride' in marine life

Aug 22, 2014 - 12:26 PM

To further improve the country’s fisheries Rare advises Filipinos to change their behavior towards the environment

A fighting chance for patients with rare diseases

May 08, 2014 - 9:42 PM

In the Philippines those who suffer from rare diseases depend on government for their expensive treatment Lawmakers are trying to address the patients needs further

DREAM: DOCTOR. Patients like Ziv Morejon (R) who are diagnosed with rare diseases can also enjoy a decent quality of life if the right support system is in place. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

British queen's beloved corgis 'becoming endangered'

Nov 07, 2013 - 10:10 AM

With just 241 Pembroke Welsh Corgis registered in Britain this year the breed may be classed as a vulnerable native breed by January

POOCH POLITICS. Could British politics be the reason why Pembroke Welsh Corgis will soon be classified as 'vulnerable native breed'?

#RapplerPets: Bred for success

Feb 10, 2013 - 1:15 PM

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated

ANIMAL-LOVING SENATOR. Now the US President, Barack Obama gave his word to only rescue -- not buy -- dogs. Screen grab from YouTube (janaandBaby)

Rare snowfall in South Africa

Aug 08, 2012 - 8:00 PM

It s the first time in five years

SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg : Two people play with snow in a park on August 7, 2012 in Johannesburg. Snow falls annually in the mountains of South Africa and Lesotho, which even hosts a ski resort. But some high-altitude border posts between the countries received so much snow today that they were forced to close. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

China starts stockpiling rare earths

Jul 05, 2012 - 1:42 PM

China has started stockpiling rare earths for strategic reserves