Human Rights in a Time of Populism: Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte by Ronald A. Pernia

Abstract Although much of the researches on populism intimately delineates its relationship with democracy, few studies have been done relating it to human rights, which is presently under siege with the rise of populist leaders and groups. This paper seeks to examine the intersectionality of populism and human rights by looking at the case of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. The “new” ideational approach of populism analyzes...

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Accramycin A, a New Aromatic Polyketide, from the Soil Bacterium, Streptomyces sp. MA37 by Fleurdeliz Maglangit et al.

Abstract Drug-like molecules are known to contain many different building blocks with great potential as pharmacophores for drug discovery. The continued search for unique scaffolds in our laboratory led to the isolation of a novel Ghanaian soil bacterium, Streptomyces sp. MA37. This strain produces many bioactive molecules, most of which belong to carbazoles, pyrrolizidines, and fluorinated metabolites. Further probing of the metabolites of...

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Physicochemical and sensory properties of carabeef treated with Bacillus subtilis (Ehrenberg) Cohn protease as meat tenderizer by Kenneth Joseph Bureros et al.

Abstract This study investigated the use of Bacillus subtilis protease powder (CTC E-ssentials™ MT-70N) as a carabeef tenderizer. The effect of the bacterial protease on the characteristics of carabeef was determined, and its effectiveness was compared to a commercial meat tenderizer containing papain. Only B. subtilis protease showed significant enzyme activity (80–190 U/g), while the commercial meat tenderizer had no activity (0 U/g). Results...

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Why should we apply ABM for decision analysis for infectious diseases?- An example for dengue interventions by Florian Miksch, Beate Jahn, Kurt Junshean Espinosa, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Uwe Siebert, Nikolas Popper

Abstract For the evaluation of infectious-diseases interventions, the transmissible nature of such diseases plays a central role. Agent-based models (ABM) allow for dynamic transmission modeling but publications are limited. We aim to provide an overview of important characteristics of ABM for decision-analytic modeling of infectious diseases. A case study of dengue epidemics illustrates model characteristics, conceptualization, calibration and...

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Health-Predictors of School Employees’ Perceived Productivity by Joane Grace E. Pacres, Lorel S. Dee and Nelia S. Ereno

ABSTRACT – This correlational study determined whether school employees’ annual physical exam (APE) results, physical fitness, and stress level predicted their self-perceived work productivity level. Ninety (90) randomly selected teaching and non-teaching employees of a Philippine state university provided for use in the study the results of their APE, the standard fitness test, and self-administered questionnaires on work-related stress and...

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Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Sustainable Tourism Development in Central Visayas: Specific and Common Concerns of Cebu and Bohol by Belinda F. Espiritu and Cora Jane C. Lawas

ABSTRACT This paper explores the status, issues and concerns, and challenges and opportunities in sustainable tourism development in Central Visayas using the framework of sustainable development, with its three aspects of socio-cultural sustainability, ecological sustainability, and economic sustainability. Cebu and Bohol, the top two tourist destinations in Central Visayas, are popular for the following: world-class hotels, beaches, and...

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