Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019   •   1295

The peak of the Orionids meteor shower began on Monday midnight (October 21) until the dawn of October 22.

Several netizens patiently waited outside their homes in order to witness this phenomenon. They may be sleep-deprived and might be suffering neck pains at this moment but being able to see a meteor is all worth it.

Others slept early and set their alarm for the peak hours of the meteor shower.

There were netizens who were not able to capture the moment but was able to see a few meteors.

Unfortunately, there are some of us who aren’t so lucky and were not able to see one meteor despite going through all efforts.

The Orionids meteor shower will still be active until October 25.

If you still missed out on those meteors, November will also feature at least four meteor showers including the Leonids which is estimated to peak from November 18-19 in Manila.—AAC

DepEd seeks help of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the assistance of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups.

In a statement on Wednesday (September 22), the education department said it denounces any form of academic dishonesty.

They have monitored that answers to self-learning modules (SLMs) are uploaded on Facebook groups dubbed as Online Kopyahan.

“The Department does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating regardless of the learning delivery modality. We are now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities. We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification,” the department said.

According to DepEd, the SLMs are used to gauge how well the students learned the lesson. The said activities are not graded, however, learners are encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right The department said that online cheating demeans the quality of education it is committed to improve.

DepEd also appealed to teachers, and learners to help eradicate online cheating. AAC

 

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12 senators seek probe on troll farms spreading fake news on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Twelve senators want to investigate reports that public funds are oiling the operation of troll farms that spread fake news and misinformation on social media.

The 12 senators signed the proposed Senate Resolution 768 asking the appropriate committee to conduct an inquiry on the alleged state-backed and state-funded spreaders of fake information.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Nancy Binay, Leila de Lima, Richard Gordon, Risa Hontiveros, Panfilo Lacson, Emmanuel Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan, Grace Poe, and Joel Villanueva, on signing the resolution, said the issue should not be dismissed especially when the spread of fake news would heavily affect Filipino citizens.

Senator Panfilo Lacson previously reported that “a government undersecretary has been organizing internet troll farms across the country to target political rivals or those not aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.”

Based on the resolution, a social media troll is someone who creates conflict on various social media sites by posting messages that are particularly controversial or inflammatory with the sole intent of provoking an emotional response from other users

“Filipinos should know why government spends public funds on troll farm operators disguised as ‘public relations practitioners’ and ‘social media consultants’ who sow fake news rather than on Covid-19 assistance, health care, food security, jobs protection, education, among others,” reads the resolution.

Senator Francis Pangilinan stressed that misinformation and fake news do harm to the country especially as it faces the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We must not let pass the use of taxpayers’ money to malign and harass people who are critical to the government. This is dangerous for democracy, especially that elections are upcoming next year,” he said.

Advertising firms We Are Social and Hootsuite, in their 2020 annual report, found that Filipinos spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes each day on social media – topping the world rankings for the sixth straight year. The Philippines is also the highest in the world in internet usage with an average of 10 hours and 56 minutes. -AAC

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC

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