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  • Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry
    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world's shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. Air New Zealand as well as South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, …

  • Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd expands to Philippines, aims to woo small businesses Tech in Asia
    Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd expands to Philippines, aims to woo small businesses

    DesignCrowd has opened an office in the Philippines and launched the DesignCrowd Philippines site. …

  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing AFP News
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal AFP News
    Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal

    Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks after a bilateral summit. There had been hopes that Tokyo and Washington might break an impasse in the stalled talks during US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo. Speaking hours before Obama's departure, however, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari said what had been achieved was "not a basic accord although there was progress". …

  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit Associated Press
    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. …

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday
    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: …

  • Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding Associated Press
    Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

    HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner. …

  • Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death Associated Press
    Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty. …

  • 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' top Tribeca Associated Press
    'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' top Tribeca

    NEW YORK (AP) — A film about a self-documenting man amid the Libyan revolution and a dark comedy about female Israeli soldiers have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival. …

  • United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits Associated Press
    United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits

    DALLAS (AP) — Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring. …

  • Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding
    Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

    HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner. …

  • United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits Associated Press
    United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits

    DALLAS (AP) — Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring. …

  • Kerry: window closing for Russia to change course in Ukraine Reuters
    Kerry: window closing for Russia to change course in Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Thursday that the United States is drawing closer to imposing more sanctions on Russia by saying time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine. In unsually blunt comments, Kerry accused Russia of using propaganda to hide what he said it was actually trying to do in eastern Ukraine: destabilize that region and undermine next month's planned Ukrainian elections. "If Russia chooses the path of de-escalation .. all of us will …

  • Postal workers' unions protest Staples program Associated Press
    Postal workers' unions protest Staples program

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees. …

  • Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods Associated Press
    Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry. …

  • Google+ boss leaving the company AFP News
    Google+ boss leaving the company

    The executive credited with bringing the Google+ social network to life is leaving the Internet colossus after playing a key role there for nearly eight years. Vic Gundotra announced Thursday his departure in a post on his Google+ page, saying that he was looking forward to a "journey yet to come" and not revealing his reasons for leaving. Along with being in charge of the Google social network launched in a challenge to Facebook, Gundotra is known for his work with independent developers …

  • Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that US runs it AFP News
    Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that US runs it

    The Google executive considered to be one of the fathers of the Internet on Thursday debunked what he called the "myth" that it is controlled by the United States. While America played an outsized role in how the Internet was run when it was founded decades ago, that has long since ceased to be the case, Vint Cerf told AFP on the sidelines of NetMundial, a conference in Brazil on Internet governance. Cerf said the United States does still play a dominant role in the domain name system but …

  • Tech giants settle suit over no-poaching deal AFP News
    Tech giants settle suit over no-poaching deal

    Tech giants Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel settled a lawsuit Thursday that charged they had colluded to hold salaries down by agreeing to not poach each other's staff. …

  • 'Turkey, Twitter set for second round of talks in Dublin' AFP News
    'Turkey, Twitter set for second round of talks in Dublin'

    Turkey's government will hold a second round of talks with Twitter executives next month in Dublin, local media reported on Thursday. Turkey's telecommunications authority held high-level meetings with officials from the San Francisco-based company this month after the government banned the service in March for two weeks. The second meeting is scheduled for the second week of May to be attended by officials from Turkey's Information and Technologies Authority as well as the prime ministry, …

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  • Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Commentary By Ellen T. Tordesillas Last Tuesday, while in Baguio City for their summer session, the Supreme Court denied all the Motions for Reconsideration on Online Libel which it upheld in its Feb. 18, 2014 decision. It will be recalled … Continue reading → More »

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free  participation of  Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → More »

  • The other side of Palawan

    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → More »

  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files "Gutom (hunger)," Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of the country's marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural … Continue reading → More »

  • ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading → More »

  • Environmental groups oppose proposed coal-fired power plants

    Environmental groups oppose proposed coal-fired power plants

    By Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files Groups opposed to the building of 25 coal-fired power plants within the next six years gathered outside the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday, International Earth Day, as … Continue reading → More »

  • Green is in

    Text by Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Los Baños, Laguna—Inside a wet market in Los Baños, a stack of paper bags hangs by a fruit stand. Many towns now ban the use of plastics … Continue reading → More »