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  • Philippine Science High School studes bag major awards in Thailand Science Fair
    Philippine Science High School studes bag major awards in Thailand Science Fair

    Students from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Science High School System (DOST-PSHS) brought honor and pride to the country anew as they topped two major categories in an international science fair held at Nakhon Pathom Province in Thailand recently. The research of students Joseph Adrian Dela Cruz, Marnoel Cruz, and Justine Ryan Silvestre entitled “Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber: Its Effect on …

  • Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26 AFP News
    Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26

    A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said. Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault. Battles were raging in the mountainous and thickly forested villages of Patikul town, an area …

  • France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town AFP News
    France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December. The French president is determined to broker an …

  • Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust. The knowledge gained so far is of little comfort to family and friends of the 239 people still missing from the plane, which vanished last …

  • For casinos in Manila's gaming strip, more is better Reuters

    By Aradhana Aravindan and Neil Jerome Morales SINGAPORE/MANILA, March 2 (Reuters) - More than three years after opening ultra-luxe nightclub Pangaea in Singapore's glitzy Marina Bay Sands, owner Michael Van Cleef Ault is now betting that Manila's casinos will be able to draw rich punters and partygoers through his doors. The founder of some of the world's most popular luxury clubs launched two nightclubs in casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd's $1 billion-plus City of Dreams …

  • By Se Young Lee and Harro Ten Wolde SEOUL/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed "Project Zero", the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung's plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in …

  • Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol
    Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol

    Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe's policing agency warned on Tuesday. "Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially," Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online. Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime centre, …

  • Iran says ready to let in Google, other Internet firms AFP News
    Iran says ready to let in Google, other Internet firms

    Iran could allow Internet giants such as Google to operate in the Islamic republic if they respect its "cultural" rules, Fars news agency said Sunday quoting a senior official. "We are not opposed to any of the entities operating in global markets who want to offer services in Iran," Deputy Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Nasrollah Jahangard told Fars. "We are ready to negotiate with them and if they accept our cultural rules and policies they can offer their services …

  • Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system AFP News
    Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

    Australia on Sunday said it was trialling a "world first" system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. The technology "can increase realtime monitoring should an abnormal situation arise," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "In a world first, all three countries will trial a new method of tracking aircraft through the skies over …

  • Uber discloses data breach, theft of license numbers AFP News
    Uber discloses data breach, theft of license numbers

    Global ride-sharing startup Uber said Friday a data breach last year may have allowed a hacker to gain access to the license numbers of some 50,000 of its drivers. Uber said in a statement it identified "a one-time access of an Uber database by an unauthorized third party" in September 2014. "Immediately upon discovery we changed the access protocols for the database, removing the possibility of unauthorized access", the statement from data privacy manager Katherine Tassi said. The …

  • Google unveils 'campus' plan with modular buildings AFP News
    Google unveils 'campus' plan with modular buildings

    Google unveiled a plan Friday for a new headquarters campus that includes waterways, public gardens, covered bikeways and modular building structures. The redesign for Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and London-based Thomas Heatherwick was submitted to local officials Friday, with details released on the company's official blog. "As we've inhabited a variety of workplaces -- including a garage in Menlo Park, a farmhouse in Denmark and an …


  • Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    In their class, Sakiwat is among the oldest and the only one with Down Syndrome. In a country where one in 800 children is born with the genetic condition every year, the awareness of the disability remains low. For Sakiwat’s parents, it took years before they knew what their daughter had, and many more years before they could send her to a proper special education school. February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, a time to raise awareness about the condition and promote rights of people with the disability to special care, education and services that will allow them to live decent and productive lives. More »

  • Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. The woman’s son Rasul Kamsa had been one of 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters killed when police commandos launched a raid to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias  Marwan last Jan. 25. More »

  • Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Don’t expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and six civilians including an eight-year old girl who was hit in the crossfire. Jan. 30 necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa, and Feb. 6 to announce his acceptance of the resignation of suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima. More »

  • PNP to Aquino: Provide answers and accountability

    The Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry is considering the possibility President Benigno Aquino III may have been on top of, or fully aware of, the Jan. 25 Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 troopers of the PNP’s Special Action Force. The BOI, now almost done with its probe, is looking into how deep the president’s involvement was in the operation to hunt down terrorists Zulkilfi Bin Hir and Basit Usman, considering that 2014 was a banner year in the government’s campaign to arrest high-profile fugitives, with the president himself announcing the operations and subsequent arrests. Among the fugitives arrested last year were businessman Delfin Lee, the Communist Party of the Philippines leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and former general Jovito Palparan. The source said President Aquino could have spared himself and the country the political crisis it is in had he only taken quick responsibility for Mamasapano, which also left 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and at least two civilians dead. More »

  • Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Children with Down Syndrome need support from family members, beginning with acceptance. Early morning Sunday, the Bangcailans, a family of five,rushed to reach the Freedom Park in Davao City to join for the first time this year’s Happy Walk. They did it for Shawnn Noel, their two-year-old son with Down Syndrome. A yearly event to highlight the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration, Happy Walk is devoted to promoting positive attitudes like love and hope, instead of disappointment, fear or anger for kids with the disability. More »

  • Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

    Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

    To listen to Nelly Miricioiu, the soprano from Romania who is now a British citizen, is to fall in love with her. She will have a one-night concert, “Nelly Miricioiu Live in Manila,” on March 6 at 8 p.m. at Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, with Najib Ismail as assisting artist in a program of arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Rossini, Chausson and Respighi. She will also conduct a bel canto masterclass for 13 young classical music singers who she handpicked based on the videos they had sent her. The classes, all open to the public, will run from March 9 to 11 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Ave., Makati City, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More »

  • Sarah

    The tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao  claimed the lives of 44 of the country’s elite policemen, 18 members  of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and some civilians. No, Sarah will not be forgotten. More »