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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, November 9, 2019
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SIFI holds story writing contest

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. (SIFI) is now accepting entries to a story writing competition it organized, as part of its 50th year of service to the sugar industry in 2021, its press release said.

The competition aims to inspire SIFI beneficiaries and stakeholders, and is open to past and current beneficiaries of the foundation, including grantees of SIFI scholarship, vocational-technical courses, or livelihood programs, it said.

Triumph over adversity must be at the heart of the story. It must be in essay form and written from the first person point of view, or a writer’s own story. The entry may be about a struggle, a life-changing circumstance, or perhaps the details of a hard life that was positively changed because of assistance facilitated or provided by SIFI, the press release said.

Entries must be submitted in English with a maximum of 2,500 words. There is no entry fee, and each participant should submit one entry only, together with a resume with photo, and one recommendation letter from the planter’s association, sugar mill or SIFI staff as proof of authenticity.

Final submission of entries will be on December 15. The winning story will be translated into a screenplay and produced as a short film, to be shown as one highlight of the golden anniversary celebration in 2021, the press release said.

SIFI will award the winning story with P20,000 license fee cash award. For more details, those interested may contact SIFI at 435-7863, or visit https://www.sugarindustryfoundation.inc.org.ph , the press release added.*

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Week of Science and Peace

 

The global community observes the International Week of Science and Peace starting today until Nov. 16.

The celebration was first observed in 1986 and was designated as such by the United Nations in 1988.

The International Week of Science and Peace takes place each year on the week of the International Day of Peace which is marked every Nov. 10.

The week aims to promote international peace and human rights, the protection of the environment and the awareness on the roll of science and technology in maintaining the world peace and social development.

World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in people’s daily lives.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet Earth and in making societies more sustainable.

The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. UNESCO strongly encourages all to join in celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development by organizing a local event or activity on the day.

The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to:

- Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies

- Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries and

- Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies.*UN

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