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An online game ­ http://www.freerice.com ­ that allows players to improve their vocabulary while simultaneously fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) is making waves around the world.

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A British-based development organization has called for increased investments in farming and fisheries if the country wants to be sufficient in food for keeps.

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One-thousand seven-hundred twelve Filipino pilgrims for Hajj 2011 out of the 5,244 who registered have reached Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the last four days, with 505 scheduled to travel today to perform the fifth pillar of Islam.

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Two Filipino safety engineers were killed while another sustained minor injuries when their vehicle figured in an accident in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Reports identified the victims as Carlos C. Borlaza, the driver of the vehicle, and Arthur Angeles.

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The government has not lifted the moratorium on the issuance of new mining tenements.

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Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) released yesterday the first batch of its P2.6-billion separation package for workers affected by its spin-off.

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