Katerva Award Nomination

first_imgAgriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, but a growing population’s increasing demand for drinking water means farmers need to know how to grow more with less water.A nationwide team of researchers — including scientists, engineers and economists from University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, Cornell University, University of Maryland-Center for Environmental Science, Antir Software and Decagon Devices — is developing a new method to make agricultural water use much more efficient. Their work has attracted international attention, resulting in a nomination for a Katerva Award. Katerva promotes and recognizes collaborative approaches to solving global problems, and has recognized these researchers’ collaboration to develop hyper-efficient irrigation systems. The Smart Farm project was not chosen for the last round of the competition, but the researchers felt honored to have been one of just a few dozen projects nominated.The research and development team from UGA includes horticulture professors Marc van Iersel, Matthew Chappell, Paul Thomas and John Ruter; technician Sue Dove; and UGA doctoral students Mandy Bayer and Alem Peter. They have studied how to best use soil moisture sensors for irrigation control. On-farm testing at Evergreen Nursery in Statham, Ga., and McCorkle Nurseries in Dearing, Ga., has shown water savings of up to 83 percent, while saving labor and improving plant quality. “Being nominated for this award is a great honor and shows that our team has done outstanding and important work” says van Iersel. The team developed an economically viable system that uses remotely accessed soil and weather sensors to help farmers decide when and how much to irrigate their crops. The sensors relay information to a website that farmers can use to adjust their irrigation plans and schedules based on actual crop water needs, rather than timers or other less precise irrigation control methods. The group developed the precision irrigation concept with the help of a $5.1 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative, along with a $5.1 million in matching contributions from the collaborating institutions, companies and horticulture industry. Seed grants from the Horticultural Research Institute, American Floral Endowment and the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation helped pay for much of the early work. Their system is currently being tested in eight greenhouse and nursery operations in Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. While the initial trials are on a small scale, the system is designed to be scalable, so that growers can easily expand it. “By making the system scalable, growers can try it out in a small area,” said John Lea-Cox, a nursery industry research and Extension specialist with the University of Maryland “If they decide they like it, it will be easy to implement it on a much larger scale.” Decagon Devices partnered with the Smart Farm project to develop commercially available hardware and software systems to help the horticulture industry implement this new irrigation approach. According to the non-profit, “Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game entirely.” Katerva was founded as a British non-profit in 2010 to promote and recognize innovative ideas for solving global environmental and humanitarian issues. The international news organization Reuters has called the Katerva Awards “the Nobel Prizes of sustainability.” Those looking for more information about the Smart Farm project can visit www.smart-farms.net. For more information about the Katerva Awards, visit www.katerva.org.last_img read more

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The disconnect between adding new accounts and increasing revenue

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to Call Report data, between 2012 and 2015 the number of credit union checking accounts rose from 46,612,471 to 57,135,397 – an increase of 23 percent. This says a great deal about the level of trust and value consumers place in credit unions. However, this increase in checking accounts is actually masking a serious decline in fee income per account for many institutions. Overall, fee income only increased by six percent over the same time period, meaning that credit unions actually lost $1.70 per account per month in fee income; making the loss to the industry a staggering $1.168 billion. This number does not include the increased expense of servicing the new accounts.As the financial services industry continues to struggle with low interest rates, along with decreasing income-producing opportunities – such as the potential loss of interchange income – and the rising costs of technology and maintaining compliance, simply acquiring more member accounts doesn’t automatically translate into generating the revenue necessary to thrive. In fact, it can cost you in terms of staffing, data processing and facilities. continue reading »last_img read more

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Thaler discusses status of CHOICE Act, presses credit union action

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, in a new NAFCU Today video, discusses the current state of the House Financial Services Committee-passed Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), the regulatory relief efforts expected going forward and the need for credit unions to engage with lawmakers to build support.In the video, Thaler notes NAFCU’s support of the bill, which makes many changes to the Dodd-Frank Act and other financial regulations. Of great significance to the credit union industry, the CHOICE Act includes a NAFCU-backed provision that would repeal the Durbin interchange amendment.The bill also makes significant reforms to the CFPB – reshaping the bureau as the new Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and limiting its powers, including its authority to address unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP). The CHOICE Act also would provide credit unions regulatory relief in areas such as mortgage rules, examination reforms, and better tailoring and cost-benefit analyses of new regulations and capital rules.last_img read more

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Kelly will make city prosperous and green

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This November we choose a new mayor, and I’ll be voting for Meg Kelly. Her priorities, her vision for the city, and her commitment to making real progress on our most pressing issues have sealed my vote. As I listen to her speak and read her platform, it’s clear to me that she has thought deeply about real policy solutions to issues that matter most to Saratoga Springs residents.On the question of open spaces, she plans to build trails and bike paths that will draw tourists and revenue for local businesses, even as the city preserves our open spaces. On the question of housing, she understands that we need creative solutions and new partnerships to address affordability.On downtown development, she knows that we must be more than a city of parking garages, and champions smart planning for mixed-use developments that make our city walkable, functional and prosperous.Saratoga Springs is my home, and my future is here. This November, I’ll be voting for the candidate whose vision of that future is prosperous, inclusive and green. Vote with me, and let’s build the future together.Eddy AbrahamSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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Vale Indonesia increases revenue despite falling production

first_imgPublicly listed nickel producer PT Vale Indonesia has recorded higher revenue and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) last year as nickel prices went up in the second half of 2019.Despite booking a 5-percent year-on-year (yoy) decrease in nickel sales to 72,044 tons of nickel in matte last year, the company’s sales grew by 1 percent to US$782 million.“The increase nickel prices clearly had a positive impact on our financial performance, compensating for the lack of production in the first semester of 2019,” Vale Indonesia president director and CEO Nico Kanter said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Realized nickel prices in 2019 averaged US$10,855 per ton, 6 percent higher than in 2018, the company said in the statement.However, its cash and cash equivalent went down by $52.1 million to $249 million in 2019 as capital expenditure (capex) skyrocketed by 99 percent to $83.8 million.The Indonesian government has been compelling miners to build smelters and process raw materials domestically prior to exporting through a ban on nickel ore exports to support the downstream industry.Read also: Mining investment expected to reach five-year highDespite the lower cash, Vale Indonesia managed to lower its cost of revenue to $665.5 million, down 1 percent yoy from 2018’s $672.9 million. As a result, the subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale SA booked an 8-percent yoy increase in EBIT to $89.1 million.“Despite our lower production last year, we could still manage our costs carefully,” Nico said, adding that the company was optimistic that it could maintain the production rate this year while continuing to maintain cost efficiency.  Topics :last_img read more

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La Administración Wolf da a conocer el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” con recomendaciones y pasos a tomar para que el estado y los proveedores se informen sobre el trauma

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Como compañero de las medidas implementadas por el Gobernador Tom Wolf en múltiples organismos y de la iniciativa antiestigma, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters (Su salud mental importa), la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma (OAR, por sus siglas en inglés) presenta el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” para guiar al estado y a los proveedores de servicios en todo el estado sobre lo que significa estar informado sobre el trauma y centrado en la sanación en Pennsylvania.Este plan es producto de cuatro meses de trabajo de la OAR y del grupo de expertos avocado al plan Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma, formado en febrero. El grupo está compuesto por 25 expertos elegidos de comunidades urbanas, suburbanas y rurales de todo el estado y representan los campos de la psiquiatría, psicología, las fuerzas del orden público, el gobierno del condado, el clero, el trabajo social, el asesoramiento, la conciencia plena, el desarrollo comunitario, la educación, la recuperación de las víctimas de violencia sexual, la recuperación de las adicciones, los servicios de violencia doméstica, las soluciones al maltrato infantil, la enfermería, la salud pública, la medicina pediátrica, la reinserción social de expresidiarios y la filantropía.“Gracias a la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma y a los miembros del grupo de expertos por este plan innovador y vital sobre cómo estar informados sobre el trauma, algo con lo que muchos residentes de Pennsylvania no están familiarizados, pero ese puede ser un principio rector para nuestras iniciativas constantes para apoyar y proteger a los habitantes de Pennsylvania más vulnerables y a todas las personas en nuestro estado”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf.“Cuando me sumergí por primera vez en este trabajo en enero y comencé a conceptualizar el grupo de expertos y el proceso para desarrollar el plan, pensé que esta era la clave para convertirnos en un estado más próspero”, dijo Dan Jurman, Director Ejecutivo de OAR. “Pero con el golpe de la COVID-19, y posteriormente con las protestas por la violencia policial relacionadas con George Floyd, supimos que nuestro trabajo sería crucial para sanar a la población en medio de múltiples traumas y estrés crónico”.Sanar y prevenir el traumaEl plan se centra en seis áreas clave:1. Asegurar que la cultura del estado de Pennsylvania esté informada sobre el trauma a través de la capacitación universal2. Garantizar que todas las políticas y prácticas de los organismos estatales estén informadas sobre el trauma y más centradas en la prevención y la sanación3. Exigir que todas las entidades habilitadas y financiadas pasen a estar informadas sobre el trauma4. Construir y apoyar las medidas a nivel comunitario o basadas en la comunidad para que lleguen a estar informadas sobre el trauma en cada rincón del estado5. Reconocer y sanar los traumas de crisis importantes como la COVID-196. Prevenir y sanar traumas raciales, comunales e históricos, ya sean individuales o sistémicosDentro de estas seis áreas hay 43 recomendaciones que se promulgarán a partir de este año. Esas recomendaciones van desde la construcción de una red de Pennsylvania en la plataforma de Internet de Conexiones de experiencias adversas en la niñez (ACE, por sus siglas en inglés) para conectar todos los movimientos comunitarios centrados en las ACE y en el trauma, hasta la reforma de las regulaciones y las políticas que pueden retraumatizar a los niños y a las familias que reciben servicios del estado.Próximos pasos“Nuestro grupo de expertos incluyó expertos y profesionales que han estado trabajando para estos fines durante años”, agregó Jurman. “En especial, queremos agradecer al Procurador General Josh Shapiro y a su oficina por su trabajo para hacer de Pennsylvania un estado informado sobre el trauma y por sus contribuciones a nuestras recomendaciones sobre la aplicación de la ley”.Si bien se ha agradecido al grupo de expertos por su trabajo y se lo ha disuelto, sus miembros han sido invitados a unirse a representantes de organismo estatales para formar un nuevo equipo de liderazgo de Pennsylvania informado por el trauma, que guiará a los equipos de acción cuya tarea es priorizar las recomendaciones, definir objetivos a corto y largo plazo y asignar rendiciones de cuentas para hacer realidad las recomendaciones. Además de los 25 miembros del grupo de expertos, también se ha invitado a otros 70 expertos en trauma de todo el estado para que se unan a estos equipos de acción. También se espera que todos estos equipos continúen avanzando para asegurar que Pennsylvania no solo se mantenga al día con las últimas ciencias y tendencias en la sanación y prevención de traumas y experiencias adversas en la niñez, sino que comience a marcar el nivel para la nación.“La ciencia del cerebro nos muestra que el trauma no tratado tiene efectos negativos y costosos no solo en la salud física y mental de una persona, sino también en su capacidad de aprender, mantener relaciones saludables y alcanzar su máximo potencial”, dijo Jurman. “Desde la atención de la salud hasta el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, desde las fuerzas del orden público hasta los servicios humanos y el desarrollo comunitario y económico, si realmente queremos prosperar como estado, entonces tenemos que sanar lo que está en el centro de nuestros desafíos y no solo tratar los síntomas, responder a la crisis interminable y encarcelar. Las personas heridas hieren a otras personas, y si consideramos que el 38% de todos los residentes de residentes de Pennsylvania han sufrido abuso infantil, hay muchas heridas por ahí. Es hora de romper el ciclo colocando a las personas en el camino hacia la verdadera sanación”.Vea el plan completo de “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma”, que incluye fotos, ubicaciones y afiliaciones de miembros del grupo de expertos.View this information in English. La Administración Wolf da a conocer el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” con recomendaciones y pasos a tomar para que el estado y los proveedores se informen sobre el trauma July 27, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Brisbane’s $2 million suburbs

first_imgCoreLogic research has revealed the rapid rise in $2 million-plus sales in some Brisbane suburbs.The research prepared by CoreLogic exclusively for The Courier Mail identified Brisbane’s top suburbs for $2 million-plus property sales.Yeronga, Paddington and Bardon were all standouts, with a tripling of sales above the benchmark.CoreLogic head of research, Cameron Kusher, said it showed blue-chip real estate had proved resilient in our city.“Despite fairly lacklustre growth in Brisbane over recent years, these areas have been experiencing strong demand which has pushed up the cost of housing,” Mr Kusher said.“I think the affordability relative to Sydney and Melbourne is a growing part of the attraction for housing in these areas as well,” he said.Place West director, Andrew Degn, said top-end buyers were getting used to $2 million properties, with $1-million-plus land sales also the norm in top-notch addresses.“They’re building brand new homes which cost $1 million-plus to build, so the (total) replacement is $2 million-plus,” he said.Mr Degn said local, interstate and overseas-based buyers he dealt with felt the only way was up for quality property in desirable addresses.He said there were must-have elements for a $2 million home in suburbs such as Paddington.“North/northeast aspect and walking distance to the main (retail) strip. They all want a view of the city, five-bedrooms, two-car accommodation and the pool — that’s the minimum.”Mr Degn said renovations were also fuelling the boom.“If they’re buying a moderate home in a good street and everyone else is renovating and ultimately selling those homes for higher numbers, they feel very secure.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMatthew and Chaya Haynes are selling their home at 65 Prince St, Paddington with an expectation of more than $2 million. Chaya and Matthew Haynes, and two-year-old Benji, in the loungeroom of their renovated Paddington home which they are looking to sell in the rising $2 million-plus sector in their suburb. Photo: John GassBRISBANE’S high end real estate market has grown up with new figures revealing more house sales have breached the $2-million price barrier.New figures revealed five suburbs where the proportion of $2 million-plus property transaction doubled in 2017 compared to 2016. 65 Prince Street Paddington Brisbane is on the market in Brisbane’s growing $2 million-plus price sector.The home was extensively renovated to include five-bedrooms, a massive kitchen, double garage, inground pool, extensive landscaping and city views.“It combines the character of an old house with the feel of a modern house,” Mr Haynes said.Mr Haynes said the family love spending time on their back deck just gazing across the suburb.“Sitting out here on a Sunday afternoon and having fish and chips for dinner, its really pleasant. It’s actually very quiet despite the fact we’re so close to the city,” he said.“Occasionally you can hear Suncorp Stadium and the crowd, but really you wouldn’t know how close you are to the city given how quiet it is.”The couple bought their home in 2012 and despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars completing the renovation, Mr Hayne said they had no fear of overcapitalising.“We pretty much had to gut the house anyway to rewire, that was a reason to put it back together.”center_img There are “must have” elements to $2 million-plu homes in Paddington.Mr Hayne believed renovations were driving the $2 million boom in Paddington.“It’s just relentless. As a matter of course, any property that’s not done up now is really just an investor sitting on it and waiting until the time is ripe because it is prime real estate mostly,” he said.“I can see two houses underway from my back deck … there’s utes everywhere because they’re (property owners) all doing something.”Mr Hayne said as a resident, it’s easy to understand why his suburb has seen strong price growth with its easy access to lifestyle facilities, the CBD and transport infrastructure.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Print ads earn nod

first_imgReal Estate television personality Andrew Winter at The Ville. Picture: Evan MorganREAL estate television personality Andrew Winter says print advertising is still crucial in marketing properties for sale.Mr Winter who features on shows such as Love it or List It and Selling Houses Australia was in Townsville on Wednesday to talk to real estate agents about the benefits of print advertising.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020While hosting a luncheon at The Ville, Mr Winter said it was a myth that print advertising wasn’t effective in a digital world.He said most house hunters buy properties vastly different from what they were originally searching for and print advertisements were crucial for targeting passive buyers who may not realise a particular property or area is what they have been searching for.“In my experience the buggers never buy what they started out looking for,” Mr Winter said.“That is where the passive buyer comes in and that’s where print can still work.”Mr Winter said newspapers were a good place to start as they were widely read.“Advertising is a form of marketing and it is only a waste of money if it’s targeting the wrong areas,” he said. “The beauty about the property supplement here and in other local areas is that is probably the one place people would be looking (for property).”last_img read more

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Ronaldo turning his CR7 hotels into ‘hospitals’ to help stop coronavirus

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist8 Most Expensive Mistakes In HistoryUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 20197 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Zodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look IncredibleWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made After travelling to Portugal in the wake of his mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro, suffering a stroke, the 35-year-old has remained in his native country in order to self-isolate. The decision comes after his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus and was photographed with most of the squad just days before his diagnosis. Thankfully, there’s been no indication that Ronaldo or any of his family has been suffering with the condition and the sporting superstar has used his privileged position to help wage the war. Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram page: “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. “I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. “It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests. “I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to save others. Cristiano Ronaldo.” Athletes are by no means the authority on pandemics, but there can be no denying that Ronaldo’s important message will have resonated with the 207 million people that follow him. And according to Marca, Ronaldo has now gone one step further by opening his range of hotels in Portugal to coronavirus victims as makeshift hospitals. The rooms will be available free of charge and Ronaldo himself will pay for the doctors and workers. Ronaldo has collaborated with Portugal’s leading hotel chain, Pestana, over the years to open accommodation in Lisbon, Marrakech and his beloved Madeira. According to Forbes, there have been 169 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Portugal with one patient recovering and zero deaths being registered. But if the situation worsens in the Iberian nation, then Ronaldo’s philanthropic gesture could be a massive help for both treatment and self-isolation if there’s a dearth of free beds. Ronaldo has shown his charitable side throughout his career. That’s particularly the case in Madeira, where he donated £100,000 to build a cancer ward in 2009 after his mother’s recovery. Read Also:Ronaldo: Giggs reveals one Man United teammate better than Juve star Combine that with paying for operations and treatment for ill supporters, donating trophies to raise money for charities and much, much more and you get the full picture of Ronaldo’s generosity. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, is doing his best to help others during the coronavirus crisis.last_img read more

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Treasure hunting in Igbaras illegal – Nat’l Museum

first_imgEsmeralda, have also not issued any permit for treasure hunting,ground excavation or mining in the village. For his part, Barangay CaptainCornelio Elumba of Pasong dismissed speculations there could be Yamashitatreasures buried in his village. According to Barns, “upon due study and verification of ourrecords”, it was found out that the permit in the possession of Noly LaquihonBayogos, CPD-THP-2019-20 dated June 1, 2019, was in fact issued to somebodyelse – Leovigilda Uson / Francisco S. Dela Fuente on May 28, 2019 for SitioLanod, Barangay Punean, Carangalan, Nueva Ecijca. Igbaras’ Mayor Jaime Esmeralda confirmed having received theletter. “This Office (also) reserves the right to (take) appropriate legalaction against you without prejudice to other agencies’ right to file an actionunder their mandates and for people or properties largely affected by yourillegal activities,” added Barns. Under the law, all treasure hunting permits and licenses shall beissued by the National Museum of the Philippines. “All your treasure hunting works undertaken in the area under saidtreasure hunting permit (CPD-THP-2019-20) are deemed unauthorized and consideredillegal, violating Republic Act No. 10066, the National Cultural Heritage Actof 2009,” read part of Barns’ letter. The local government of Igbaras would be serving Bayogos theNational Museum’s letter. Esmeralda said he would be coordinating with thePhilippine National Police and Philippine Army. Yamashita was assigned to defend theJapan-colonized Philippines from the advancing Allied forces in the waningyears of World War 2. He failed to stop the Allied advance, and Japanultimately surrendered in August 1945. The municipal government of Igbaras and barangay council ofPasong, according to Barns wrote a letter containing this information coursed to thelocal government of Igbaras for serving to Bayogos. “Kontuod nga may ara, kontani damo nga mal-am ang mahambal sina,” he said. ILOILO – The National Museum of the Philippines has not issued apermit for treasuring hunting in Barangay Pasong, Igbaras, Iloilo. Some residents of Barangay Pasong said the diggers were lookingfor the buried gold treasures of World War 2 Japanese general TomoyukiYamashita. Barns ordered Bayogos to “cease and desist” from digging fortreasuring hunting. The local government of Igbaras recently inquired with theNational Museum if it had issued a treasure hunting permit covering a propertyin Barangay Pasong. Nearby households feared the excavations would have adversegeological impact such as landslide, soil erosion and the earth caving in. Thus, according to National Museum director-general Jeremy Barns,the ongoing excavation at a private property there for alleged Yamashitatreasure was “unauthorized and considered illegal.” The National Museum chief also ordered Bayogos to rehabilitate thearea that was already excavated. Before his Philippine assignment,Yamashita and his men were said to have plundered other Southeast Asiancountries that Japan attacked and/or invaded during the war and buried the lootin the Philippines./PNlast_img read more

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