Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

TOKYO, Japan – Japan's newly appointed environment minister has said he wants to "scrap" nuclear power plants, warning of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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Aftershocks stop rescue work at collapsed Davao del Sur building
DAVAO CITY, Philippines --- Continuing aftershocks made rescue-and-retrieval operations dangerous at a collapsed commercial building in Padada town in Davao del Sur prompting the disaster response team to call off the operations for a while as they awaited some lifesaving equipment from Metro Manila. As of 10 p.m. on Sunday, at least 77 aftershocks have been recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck 6 km northwest of Padada town at 2:12 p.m. on Sunday, causing at two commercial buildings in the town to cave in. READ:Child dead, 18 hurt in magnitude 6.9 quake in Davao del Sur The strongest am...Keep on reading: Aftershocks stop rescue work at collapsed Davao del Sur building
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LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 – Draws for 6/55 Grand Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/55 Grand Lotto and the 6/45 Mega Lotto draw for today, Monday, December 16, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 16, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Marco Gallo not out to become ‘the next James Reid’
With James Reid no longer under Viva Entertainment's wings, some observers are now eyeing the Italian-Filipino neophyte Marco Gallo to fill the hole left by the wildly popular singer-actor. Marco promptly balked at the comparisons, however, stressing that no one could replace James. "I have a long way to go," he told reporters at his contract signing with the said company. "I would be so happy if I could achieve anything close to what he has. That would be overwhelming." Instead of aiming to become the next James Reid, it would be better, he said, if he could create a name for himself. "I wish I could prove myself and do just that---step by step. Everyone has his own path," ...Keep on reading: Marco Gallo not out to become ‘the next James Reid’
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Andanar renews call to pass FOI law
The chief of the government’s lead communication arm has reiterated his call for the passage of a freedom of information law as some sectors are criticizing the failure of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the President to release a copy of President Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.
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Overseas absentee voting registration resumes today
Starting today, Filipinos abroad can register and be able to participate in the overseas absentee voting for the May 2022 elections.
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Senate revisions of Human Security Act seen this week
The Senate is targeting the approval of several proposed measures, including the Human Security Act, before Congress goes on Christmas break this week, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.
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Philippine students most exposed to bullying
The government must strictly enforce the Anti-Bully Law after the global education survey Program for International Student Assessment 2018, which ranked the Philippines the lowest in Reading and second to the lowest in Science and Math among 79 countries, also showed that Filipino students are the most exposed to bullying, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday.
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Quezon City lawmaker awarded 2019 TOYM for public service
Senior administration congressman Alfred Vargas of Quezon City’s fifth district has been chosen as this year’s awardee for the prestigious The Outstanding Young Men for public service.
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Senate to probe poor hygiene, sanitation in Philippine
The Senate is set to conduct an inquiry into the lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities in Filipino households, schools and health facilities, which pose serious risks to people’s health and overall well-being.
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15 years in prison eyed for vandalism
A committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed, for plenary approval, a measure that will impose up to 15 years imprisonment for vandals and those found stealing or destroying government property or signages.
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PRC vaccinates 150,000 kids vs polio
Over 150,000 children from Metro Manila and Mindanao have been given the oral polio vaccine, according to the Philippine Red Cross.
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PNP getting 17,000 rifles vs terrorists
The Philippine National Police will acquire at least 17,000 firearms to beef up the firepower for its mobility forces battling terrorist groups.
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DND, AFP vow to beat Reds despite peace talks
Despite the revival of peace talks, the Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines renewed their commitment yesterday to defeat the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing.
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Smog forces schools shut in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran – Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday, December 15, in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health. The pollution level in the capital was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" and officials warned the young, elderly and ...
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24 killed in DR Congo gold mine collapse
BUNIA, DR Congo – Twenty-four people were killed when a landslide engulfed a gold mine in DR Congo's eastern Ituri province after days of torrential rain battered the region, an official said Sunday, December 15. "Our teams on the ground .. have pulled out 24 bodies and saved two people," provincial ...
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U.S. secretly expelled 2 Chinese diplomats, report says
WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States secretly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday, December 15.  The newspaper, which cited people with knowledge of the episode, said it appeared to be the first time ...
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Golden trio: Brotherhood key for PH poomsae team
MANILA, Philippines – Success follows taekwondo jins Dustin Jacob Mella, Rodolfo Reyes Jr, and Raphael Enrico Mella wherever they go.  The 2019 Southeast Asian Games proved no exception.  Performing before an ardent home crowd, the trio captured its third straight SEA Games gold medal together as the Filipino ...
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French New Wave icon Anna Karina dies at 79
by Rana MOUSSAOUI Danish-French actress Anna Karina, the muse of New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, has died of cancer at the age of 79, her agent told AFP on Sunday. Karina, who epitomized Sixties chic with her elfin features and big kohl-rimmed blue eyes, starred in seven films made by her ex-husband Godard, including "Pierrot Le Fou". She also had some success as a singer,recording the hit "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" with Serge Gainsbourg for his musical "Anna" in 1967. "Anna died yesterday in a Paris hospital of the effects of cancer," her agent Laurent Balandras told AFP, adding that she passed away in the company of her fourth husband, American director Dennis Berry. ...Keep on reading: French New Wave icon Anna Karina dies at 79
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Chinese borrowers drown in online lending's 'bottomless pit'
SHANGHAI, China – Telecoms engineer Peng Jiezhao's taste for new smartphones and expensive sneakers seemed like a harmless, if expensive, hobby – until he started borrowing money from Chinese online lending sites to feed it. An initial 300-yuan ($42) loan began a downward spiral that dragged Peng, 22, into ...
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U.N. chief 'disappointed' by climate talks outcome
UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday, December 15, he was " disappointed " by the results of a major UN climate summit in Madrid, calling it a missed opportunity to tackle the global warming crisis. Guterres issued the statement as the COP25 concluded its marathon meeting voicing "the urgent ...
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Wyatt steers Alab comeback as Deguara debuts
    LAGUNA, Philippines – San Miguel Alab Pilipinas continued to show up in the clutch as the squad eked out a 90-83 comeback win over the Singapore Slingers in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) at the Sta Rosa Sports Complex  on Sunday, December 15. After being down 10 ...
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Paborito noon: Ang popular 90s toy na jackstones at ang mga alaalang kakabit nito
Kabilang noon sa mga paboritong laruan ng mga bata ang jacks, o mas kilala sa tawag na jackstones Ang sistema ng mga bata noon, bubuo lamang ng isang bilog habang nakaupo sa sahig at saka [Read More]
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Pogoy plays through pain, helps TNT get crucial win
MANILA, Philippines --- Roger Pogoy was a game time decision heading into Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals between TNT and Meralco on Sunday night. The KaTropa opted to play Pogoy in the all-important series opener and the veteran swingman did not disappoint. Pogoy is still bothered by a back injury he suffered three weeks ago, but he showed no signs of it in helping his team cruise to a 103-94 win over the Bolts. "First of all, I'm just fortunate to get enough rest to recover. Honestly, I'm still not 100 percent. It was even painful just the other day so I just took a rest and did not practice. I just tried to play through it," Pogoy said in Filipino. The...Keep on reading: Pogoy plays through pain, helps TNT get crucial win
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China suspends planned tariffs on U.S. goods
BEIJING, China – Beijing suspended additional tariffs on United States products that had been due to kick in on Sunday, December 15, after Washington and Beijing announced a major thaw in their trade war Friday, December 13. China will suspend the planned addition of 10% and 5% tariffs on some US imports, and "continue to ...
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Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon's Interior Minister Raya El-Hassan on Sunday, December 15, ordered the country's security forces to open a "rapid and transparent" enquiry, after dozens of people in Beirut were wounded in clashes the night before. Security forces in the capital used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators, ...
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Anger, relief but no joy as U.N. talks limp to an end
MADRID, Spain – A marathon UN summit wrapped up Sunday, Deceber 15, with little to show, squeezing hard-earned compromises from countries over a global warming battle plan that fell well short of what science says is needed to tackle the climate crisis. The COP25 deal "expresses the urgent need" for new ...
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New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18
WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- The death toll from New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption rose to 18 Sunday, including two people whose bodies have not been recovered, police said. A land search early Sunday failed to find any sign of the missing pair and divers returned to the sea in the afternoon amid increasing speculation both could be in the water. Deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said there was "every chance" the bodies had been washed into the sea from the stream where they were last seen Monday. He added that searchers were "satisfied that the area we searched near the jetty is clear of the bodies." "The rescue teams are frustrated. We understand complete...Keep on reading: New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18
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Cops are targets of both love and anger at Hong Kong rallies
Several thousand people, some making heart signs with their hands, turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for the police force, even as riot officers clashed elsewhere with protesters and pepper-sprayed a crowd. Competing rallies on Hong Kong Island and wildcat protest actions, including vandalism, by black-clad youths at shopping malls dramatically exposed the deep gulf between pro- and anti-establishment camps carved out by six months of demonstrations that have shaken and split the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Truncheon-wielding riot officers fanned out at a shopping mall where demonstrators spray-painted protest slogans on the polished ston...Keep on reading: Cops are targets of both love and anger at Hong Kong rallies
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PBA semis: KJ McDaniels, TNT roll past Meralco in Game 1
MANILA, Philippines --- TNT held off Meralco's late fightback to carve out a 103-94 decision in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. KJ McDaniels led the way for the KaTropa with 38 points and 14 rebounds while Jayson Castro had an all-around performance of 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. "That's only the first game. I feel like this is going to be a long series," said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad gained a crucial 1-0 headstart in the race-to-three duel. "We are glad that we won the first game---which is very important. But there's nothing to celebrate," he added. "We have to [continue finding] ways in stopping...Keep on reading: PBA semis: KJ McDaniels, TNT roll past Meralco in Game 1
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Lotto results for December 15, 2019
Lotto results for December 15, 2019
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Child dead, 18 hurt in magnitude 6.9 quake in Davao del Sur
DAVAO CITY, Philippines --- A six-year-old girl was reported to have died and 18 other people were injured when a magnitude 6.9 quake of tectonic origin rocked Davao del Sur at 2:11 p.m. on Sunday. READ:Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolts Davao del Sur The girl, identified as Cherbelchen Imgador, was hit by falling debris and was not able to get out of their house in Barangay Asinan, Matanao town, Davao del Sur. Her death was confirmed by the Davao del Sur Public Information Office hours after the quake struck. The province was still recovering from the series of strong quakes that hit the area last October. Two buildings --- the three-story Southern Trade commercial buildi...Keep on reading: Child dead, 18 hurt in magnitude 6.9 quake in Davao del Sur
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McDaniels, TNT pull plug on Meralco for 1-0 semis edge
MANILA, Philippines – TNT weathered a comeback storm from Meralco to hack out a 103-94 win and take Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, December 15.  Import KJ McDaniels came through in the crunch en route to finishing with 38 points, 14 ...
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‘Dead Kids’ review: Viciously entertaining
Mikhail Red is a conundrum. At 28, he has already released 5 feature length films. However, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where he stands as an artist and what his allegiances are as a filmmaker.  Social relevance Rekorder (2013), his first film and, so far, only film that ...
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75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people
THIMISTER-CLERMONT, Belgium --- As a schoolboy three quarters of a century ago, Marcel Schmetz would regularly see open trucks rumble past to a makeshift American cemetery --- filled with bodies, some headless, some limbless, blood seeping from the vehicles onto the roads that the U.S. soldiers had given their lives to liberate. Sometimes, Schmetz said, there were over 200 bodies a day, casualties of one of the bloodiest and most important battles in World War II: T he Battle of the Bulge which started 75 years ago on Monday and effectively sealed the defeat of Nazi Germany. "It gave me nightmares," Schmetz said. It also gave the 11-year-old the resolve that, one day, he would ...Keep on reading: 75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people
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Ex-PCGG chairman guilty of trying to influence CA justice brother
MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan found former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairperson Camilo Sabio guilty of trying to pressure his brother regarding a pending case involving the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). He is facing 6 years in jail.  In a 15-page ...
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Google’s interpreter live translation tool is rolling out to iOS, Android
Back in February, Google launched an Assistant feature for smart displays called interpreter mode. The tool can understand conversations being conducted in different languages in real-time and display the translation of each person on a split screen. This week, this feature began rolling out to iOS and Android devices, too. To activate this mode, a user can call on the Assistant to "be my Thai translator" or "help me speak Thai." In response, they will be provided with live subtitles of the conversation right on their phone. The Assistant will then offer the speakers automated Smart Replies to hasten the discussion and possibly make it more natural. If members of the conversation ...Keep on reading: Google’s interpreter live translation tool is rolling out to iOS, Android
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Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls
HONG KONG – Hong Kong police used pepper spray and made multiple arrests on Sunday, December 15, as small groups of black-clad pro-democracy protesters targeted some of the city's malls, ending a rare lull in violence. Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper ...
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Aso o pera? Vlogger hinamon ang isang mangangalakal na bibilhin ang kanyang mga aso
Itinampok ng vlogger na si Jose Hallorina ang social experiment niya sa isang mangangalakal na may kasamang aso Hinamon ni Jose si Manong Thomas na bibilhin ang apat na aso kapalit ang pera Pinanindigan naman [Read More]
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Microsoft app makes it possible to make calls from your PC without touching your phone
The latest update of Microsoft's Your Phone application allows you to make calls directly fromyour PC, without using a smartphone. For the moment, the new functionality only works with Android handsets. The application Your Phone first emerged at the end of 2018 in a major update of Windows 10. It allows you to enjoy some of the features of your smartphone directly on your PC, without having to connect to it with a cable. For example, you can access photos stored on your phone and easily share them in documents or emails, and also receive real-time notifications and SMS messages, all from your PC without having to pick up your cellphone. The application is compatible ...Keep on reading: Microsoft app makes it possible to make calls from your PC without touching your phone
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Wandering camel, cow, donkey to be featured in live Nativity
A camel, cow and donkey that were found roaming together along a Kansas road have been booked to appear in a Christmas Nativity scene. The trio will be the celebrity guests Saturday during a holiday event at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, The Wichita Eagle reports. Sully the camel, Gus the donkey and Rufus the cow made headlines last month when the Goddard Police Department asked for help in a Facebook post locating the owners of the "three friends traveling together (towards a Northern star)." Law enforcement later determined that they belonged to an employee of the wildlife park, but not before posting that if they could not find the owner, they would be "halfway toward a l...Keep on reading: Wandering camel, cow, donkey to be featured in live Nativity
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Child’s play: Coding booms among Chinese children
Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an eight-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson --- as the teacher. Vita has set up a coding tutorial channel on the Chinese video streaming site Bilibili since August and has so far garnered nearly 60,000 followers and over one million views. He is among a growing number of children in China who are learning coding even before they enter primary school. The trend has been fueled by parents' belief that coding skills will be essential for Chinese teenagers given the government's technological drive. "Coding's not that easy but also not that difficult --- at least not as difficult as you have ...Keep on reading: Child’s play: Coding booms among Chinese children
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It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its 2015 decision declaring as unconstitutional the provisions of a law that required local government units (LGUs) to remit collected amusement tax to the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). In a decision penned by Associate Justice ...
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How beauty brands addressed sustainability in 2019
Beauty brands have been busy cleaning up their act in 2019, as concern about the environmental impact of the industry rises. We take a look at some of the sustainable initiatives that made the news. Dove Dove hit the headlines in October, when it announced plans to replace its plastic bottles with recycled ones and reduce its virgin plastic use by more than 20,500 tons per year. The Unilever-owned beauty giant will start the process of launching new, 100% recycled plastic bottles (where possible), across all its product ranges in North America and Europe by the end of this year. Gillette The Procter & Gamble-owned personal care brand Gillette made all its dispos...Keep on reading: How beauty brands addressed sustainability in 2019
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At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur earthquake
MANILA, Philippines – A 6-year-old girl was confirmed dead in the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, December 15. The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Davao del Sur said on its Facebook page that the child was from Barangay Asinan in the municipality of Matanao. She was ...
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[Two Pronged] I was caught two-timing; now he won't talk to me
 Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes for the ...
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UK opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn says 'sorry' for election defeat
LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain's main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn apologized to supporters on Sunday, December 15, for overseeing his Labour party's worst election defeat since before World War II. But the veteran socialist defended his far-left campaign platform and gave no clear indication of when he might step down. "I will ...
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World’s hottest peppers grow under Serbian snow
December snow flurries in Serbia have not stopped Aleksandar Tanic from cultivating his scorching-hot crop: the crinkly chili peppers that are considered the spiciest on the planet. At the base of a mountain in southern Serbia, Tanic plucks a handful of red, yellow and orange peppers from rows of leafy vines inside a greenhouse whose roof is blanketed with a layer of snow. Among them is the chubby and gnarled Carolina Reaper, considered to be the hottest pepper out there, according to Guinness World Records. First developed in South Carolina, it boasts an average of 1.6 million heat units on the "Scoville scale" that measures capsaicin, the ingredient that gives peppers thei...Keep on reading: World’s hottest peppers grow under Serbian snow
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Could taking fish oil tablets really improve your night vision?
New British research suggests that taking a daily fish oil supplement could improve your ability to see in the dark. Carried out by researchers from Loughborough University, the new study set out to investigate whether taking supplements with docosahexanoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in fish such as mackerel, herring, tuna and halibut, could improve "dark adaptation capabilities," which is the process the eyes go through when they're adjusting to new light levels. DHA is one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids and is present in high concentrations in the retina. However, it is not made by the body in significant amounts, so it needs to be obtained thro...Keep on reading: Could taking fish oil tablets really improve your night vision?
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