By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv MANILA -- Ruffa Gutierrez's daughters Lorin Gabriella and Venice on Wednesday clarified that, contrary to misconceptions, they do talk to their father, Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas. Appearing on "Magandang Buhay," the sisters opened up about their relationship with their father. "We always call each other together," Venice said. "We do talk to our dad, like not very often but enough." "We usually FaceTime him. There's a misconception po na we don't talk to him at all and have no contact. But we are super friendly naman with our Turkish side po. We follow everyone on Instagram, we always comment on each other's posts," Lorin added. Lorin and Venice shared that they even get to check on their half-sister. "We call her like once a month and she always checks on us," Venice said. "Parang there's also a language barrier din po. His first language is Turkish; then ours is English. So there's a language barrier na we never learned Turkish. 'Yung tinuro … [Read more...] about News ‘We do talk to our dad’: Ruffa’s daughters clear misconception
‘No need to look far. Our very own Filipino designers are good.’ LIFE AND STYLE - Millet M. Mananquil (The Philippine Star) - May 1, 2019 - 12:00am In this age where many high society weddings highlights foreign designers, the Endriga-Huang wedding will have all-Filipino designers doing the bridal ensembles and suits, even as the bride can very well choose from the roster of Rustan’s and the Stores Specialists Inc. shops owned by her family. “I felt that there was no need to look far to find the right fashion designers to design for our wedding. We have so many good Filipino designers,” says Catherine Huang. (Left) Criselda Lontok for Nedy Tantoco: Silver gray beaded lace with pleats. (Right) For Tessie Endriga: Silver gray lace with a cape that extends to the back. Jojie Lloren is doing the bride’s gown as well as those of her entourage, while Criselda Lontok will design for the … [Read more...] about ‘No need to look far. Our very own Filipino designers are good.’
By Rachel Plotkin Opinion Mon., April 29, 2019 Over the past decade, a conversation has played out in the scientific community about the ethical implications of intentionally causing the extinction of disease-bearing mosquitoes. Many scientists believe the world could likely survive just fine without them, while others point to the many unknowns in functioning ecosystems. For example, researchers recently discovered that the biting midge is the only known pollinator of cacao. If it were eradicated, we would (gasp!) lose chocolate. There have been other intentional attempts at extinction. Witness the actions of the American army in the 1870s to wipe out buffalo on the Great Plains, as a way of forcing the Sioux, Kiowa and Comanche tribes onto reserves. The buffalo once numbered over 30 million but were very nearly driven to extinction as a result of commercial trade and a directive by the army to starve Indigenous peoples and destroy their traditional way of life. Some … [Read more...] about Could our ongoing sixth extinction be called deliberate?
We often blame the power industry for the precarious supply and demand balance that results in blackouts. The leftists are specially noisy because they have an opportunity to blame the private business sector for the problem. To be fair, government failure, from national to local, is why we are in danger of power blackouts today, specially during peak hours. First of all, President Duterte could have appointed people with better knowledge and experience in energy to run the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Board. Related agencies like TransCo could also have done more to help the private sector NGCP in assuring adequate transmission capacity. A true partnership gets more things done for the good of the public. For instance, TransCo could have helped NGCP get its permits approved by LGUs. TransCo should also expeditiously expropriate land needed for transmission line right of way. Land with problematic titles should just be expropriated anyway to allow work to start. … [Read more...] about LGUs and our power problem