Driven by rising demand from health- and eco-conscious consumers, free-range chicken farmers are gaining momentum in

Driven by rising demand from health- and eco-conscious consumers, free-range chicken farmers are gaining momentum in the Philippines. Though the majority of Philippine chickens are still produced in factory farms, a growing group of Filipino farmers raising organic and free-range chickens is making serious headway. “I was working in the IT industry when I sat through a workshop by Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame. He told us to find a ‘blue ocean’, a market with very little competition, as opposed to a ‘red ocean’, a bloody market flooded with competitors,” explains Emerson Siscar, proprietor of Batangas Free Range Chicken, which has become a go-to demo farm for organic and free-range chicken farming in Batangas, a Philippine province known for producing quality poultry, beef, coffee and traditional Filipino blades called balisong. The IT practitioner has been keeping chickens his whole life, since breeding and selling fighting cocks (cockfighting is legal and a popular pastime in the Philippines) at a young age. “He’s like a chicken psychologist,” quips wife Cookie. “He can tell when and where a hen will lay eggs, why birds are flying out of their enclosures, why they...

Confessions Of A Submarine Hunting S-3 Viking Crewman During The Twilight Of The Cold War

In the fascinating first installment in our exclusive multi-part series, Kevin Noonan recounted the unique path he took to learning how to hunt down Soviet submarines in an S-3 Viking during the final years of the Cold War. Now, in part two, Noonan tells us how the shadowy art of anti-submarine warfare is executed, why the S-3 Viking was so good at it, and takes us along on his first cruise, venturing into the Mediterranean aboard the USS Nimitz as tensions with the Soviet Union remained thick.  So strap into your ejection seat and fire-up the Viking’s sensor suite as we launch off the deck of the Nimitz to play an incredibly high-stakes game of cat and mouse above and below the waves.  The Grumman S-2 Tracker had served the USN admirably since 1954, but naval technology had changed significantly during that time and it just couldn’t keep up. The introduction of nuclear propulsion for submarines changed their combat capability and performance and transformed ASW acoustics. The S-2 was designed to track diesel submarines and her airframe just couldn’t adapt to the necessity of new technology. The Navy was also deeply affected by the budget drain brought on by combat operat...