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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre (1.6 miles) deep on the …

  • Volkswagen Philippines introduces the Polo Hatchback Power Wheels
    Volkswagen Philippines introduces the Polo Hatchback

    Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI) the official distributor of Volkswagen here in the Philippines just recently gave the us in the media a preview of the Volkswagen Polo hatchback which also marks the entry of VW in the subcompact hatchback segment.  Unmistakeably VW, it comes with 15” alloy wheels, chrome accents on the front grille, range adjustable halogen headlamps and front & rear fog lamps. ... …

  • Isuzu Philippines launches the updated 2015 Crosswind Power Wheels
    Isuzu Philippines launches the updated 2015 Crosswind

    Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently launched the 2015 Isuzu Crosswind.  Available in five variants, its still equipped with the same 4JA1-1 2.5L diesel, in both manual and automatic transmission.  Isuzu has equipped the crosswind with features that set it apart from other AUV’s on the market. The Sportivo X and XUV variants have 15” multi spoke silver alloy wheels, black aluminum side stepboards, black roof rails are standard for the Sportivo X, XUV and XT and a black tire cover for …

  • Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island AFP News
    Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Two Australian drug smugglers were transferred Wednesday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were woken and given a few minutes to get ready before leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail in the early hours, said local justice ministry official Nyoman Putra …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines AFP News
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre (1.6 miles) deep on the …

  • Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight Associated Press
    Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year during which authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members. …

  • Nobel Peace Prize chairman demoted, first time in 114-year history Reuters
    Nobel Peace Prize chairman demoted, first time in 114-year history

    The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tuesday, for the first time in the 114-year history of the award after his right-wing opponents won a majority on the prestigious panel. Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister of the Labour Party who has chaired the five-member panel since 2009, will now be a mere member of the committee that has received a near-record 276 nominees for the 2015 prize. Kaci Kullmann Five, a former leader of Norway's ruling …

  • Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails Associated Press
    Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. …

  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies Associated Press
    High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. …

  • Taiwan snubs Alibaba funding pledge
    Taiwan snubs Alibaba funding pledge

    Taiwan has snubbed a multi-million dollar funding pledge by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba designed to encourage the island's young entrepreneurs, saying youth talent should stay away from the mainland. It comes after the island demanded Alibaba withdraw from Taiwan as it had violated investment rules. Alibaba announced the Tw$10 billion ($316 million) dollar funding scheme for young entrepreneurs to help them set up businesses and sell products in mainland China on Monday. Company founder …

  • New Malaysia Airlines CEO a "battle hardened" veteran Associated Press
    New Malaysia Airlines CEO a "battle hardened" veteran

    HONG KONG (AP) — When the owners of embattled Malaysia Airlines went looking for a new CEO to lead its restructuring, they chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to take on what's been dubbed the toughest job in aviation. …

  • Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service AFP News
    Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service

    Japan has slammed the brakes on a pilot project by taxi service Uber less than a month after it was launched, with a government official saying Wednesday it probably violates transport laws. The development marked another blow for the web-based taxi app, which has incurred the hostility of traditional taxi companies in many countries. "Last Friday, we met with Uber Japan officials and told them to stop the pilot project immediately because we suspect it breaches Japanese transport law," a …

  • Spider venom may hold chemical keys to new painkillers Reuters
    Spider venom may hold chemical keys to new painkillers

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists who analysed countless chemicals in spider venom say they have identified seven compounds that block a key step in the body's ability to pass pain signals to the brain. Experts estimate that as many as one in five people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and existing pain treatments often fail to give sufficient or long-term relief. Pain's economic burden is also huge, with chronic pain estimated to cost $600 billion a year in the United States …

  • Asia markets mostly lower after Wall St losses AFP News
    Asia markets mostly lower after Wall St losses

    Asia markets mostly fell Wednesday following a retreat on Wall Street fuelled by profit-taking, with Tokyo hit by a stronger yen and Sydney dipping after data showed Australia's economy grew slower than expected last year. …

  • 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, …

  • Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane AFP News
    Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane

    Italy's government adopted a six-billion-euro plan Tuesday to modernise its Internet network and improve access to broadband in hopes of shedding its reputation as one of Europe's online laggards. The plan that the government's economic development minister labelled a "digital revolution" aims to boost broadband access by 2020 in compliance with European Union objectives. A report published last year by the US consultancy Akamai found that Italy came 48th among countries in Europe, the Middle …

  • Newly found online security flaw stems from 1990s AFP News
    Newly found online security flaw stems from 1990s

    A newly discovered Internet security flaw could leave many websites vulnerable to hackers because of weak US encryption standards in the 1990s, researchers said Tuesday. The flaw was discovered by a team led by Karthikeyan Bhargavan at INRIA in Paris -- the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation -- and disclosure coordinated by Matthew Green, a cryptographer at Johns Hopkins University. A research paper said the flaw comes from "a class of deliberately weak export …

  • Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered AFP News
    Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered

    Ubisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care. The France-based video game titan created "Dig Rush" in collaboration with US health technology startup Amblyotech, using treatment technology patented by innovators at McGill University in Canada. "This is a good demonstration of the positive impact that video game technology can have on our society," said Ubisoft senior producer …

  • Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail AFP News
    Phone firms and the quest for the 5G Holy Grail

    Lightning-quick downloads, driverless cars and remote surgery: telecom firms are racing to develop a new generation of "5G" mobile networks that could start to change the world in five years. Executives and regulators from Asia, Europe and the United States jousted to define their quest for the 5G Holy Grail on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a mega-trade show for telecom innovations. Korea Telecom on Monday said it hoped to roll out its first 5G technology even sooner, at …

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  • ‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ - Nelly Miricioiu

    ‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ - Nelly Miricioiu

    Soprano Nelly Miricioiu, whose roots are in Romania, has been called many things, including “a traitor to her country” when she defected to Western Europe. She experienced being snubbed and ignored by her countrymen despite the accolades heaped on her when she conquered Covent Garden in the United Kingdom, La Scala in Italy, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. More »

  • Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    It’s not even past,” wrote the great William Faulkner, a Nobel laureate for literature. The past is clearly never dead in the new documentary Portraits of Mosquito Press by JL Burgos about the assault on press freedom, and human rights during the  rule of Ferdinand Marcos especially during the Martial Law years. Burgos brings together family members, as well as journalists, to pose for the camera for their photos to be taken. Along the way, they share stories about We Forum and Ang Pahayagang Malaya, alternative media outfits which became known as part of the mosquito press, both published by Jose Burgos, Jr., the filmmaker’s father. More »

  • 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 »