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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing
    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 …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row AFP News
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping AFP News
    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists. Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan …

  • All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat Reuters

    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the …

  • Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip AFP News
    Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

    US President Barack Obama dined on sushi Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he described as the best in his life on Wednesday, a fitting start to an Asian tour dedicated to "rebalancing" US foreign policy toward Asia. Obama's arrival in Tokyo came as regional tensions boil over maritime territorial disputes and fears that North Korea could soon carry out a new nuclear test. The pair began the president's visit at Tokyo's three Michelin starred Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant, where …

  • Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him Associated Press
    Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. …

  • Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui Associated Press
    Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

    HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Maui's main airport says a 15-year-old stowaway aboard a flight from San Jose had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from a jetliner's wheel well to the tarmac. …

  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern Associated Press
    Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern

    MADRID (AP) — A goal from Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over title holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday and a slender advantage in their Champions League semifinal. …

  • Apple to boost share buyback and split stock AFP News
    Apple to boost share buyback and split stock

    Apple on Wednesday said that it plans to buy back an additional $30 billion worth of shares and split its stock. The moves backed by the Apple board were announced as the California company reported a profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year. The earnings figures came with Apple chief Tim Cook hinting that new products are on the way from the maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers. "We’re eagerly looking forward to …

  • Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs seven-for-one stock split
    Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs seven-for-one stock split

    Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. Whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in …

  • Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down Associated Press
    Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's earnings and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue. …

  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock Associated Press
    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years. …

  • US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise Associated Press
    US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

    Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies. A surprise drop in new home sales also weighed ... …

  • Qualcomm's second-quarter revenue misses estimates Reuters
    Qualcomm's second-quarter revenue misses estimates

    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday posted quarterly revenue that missed expectations as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower. Analysts on average had expected $6.479 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Qualcomm's revenue in the quarter is the smallest year-over-year percentage increase since the June quarter of 2010 when revenue shrank by 2 percent. Less growth than expected in …

  • Facebook earnings jump to $642 mn on 72% revenue gain AFP News
    Facebook earnings jump to $642 mn on 72% revenue gain

    Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reported Wednesday. …

  • Google online maps go back in time AFP News
    Google online maps go back in time

    Google on Wednesday added virtual time travel to its Internet offerings. The technology titan began letting people turn back the clock on Street View images to show how places have changed over the seven years it has been collecting pictures for its free online map service. "If you've ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now is your chance," Street View product manager Vinay Shet said in a blog post, referring to a character from the 1985 comic fiction film 'Back to the …

  • Brazil hosts meeting to craft Internet governance rules AFP News
    Brazil hosts meeting to craft Internet governance rules

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff took aim at US dominance of the Internet Wednesday, appealing at an international meeting for global governance that would give no state greater weight than others. Rousseff called the two-day NetMundial meeting in a bid to curb abuses following the furore sparked by allegations of US spying revealed in documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Rousseff's own Internet communications were targeted by NSA surveillance, prompting the …

  • Are you a mobile addict? AFP Relax
    Are you a mobile addict?

    But what is a mobile addict? According to Flurry Analytics, it's someone who launches and uses smartphone or tablet apps at least six times more than the global average which, according to its data drawn from 500,000 apps installed on 1.3 billion devices, currently stands at 10 times a day. Only 12 months ago, 79 million people fell into the same addict category meaning that there has been a 123 percent jump in addiction since 2013 and those on the edge -- i.e., using apps between 16 and 60 …

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  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin B. 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 »

  • Binondo: Beyond hopia and dragon dance

    Binondo: Beyond hopia and dragon dance

    By Yolanda L. Punsalan, VERA Files There are sections of Binondo that are not in the itinerary of bloggers, and food and culture trippers. For the generally young crowd who want to experience the sights, smells and flavors of Binondo, … Continue reading → More »

  • Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities

    Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-Tawi—Tawi-Tawi authorities are alarmed at the growing number of fishermen from the Visayas who end up here after being recruited by human trafficking syndicates to engage in dangerous compressor diving. The latest case involves … Continue reading → More »

  • The return of Gigi Reyes

    The return of Gigi Reyes

    By Ellen T.Tordesillas This is going to be fascinating. Atty. Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile who is included among those accused of plunder in connection with the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund, came back … Continue reading → More »