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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 …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning Associated Press
    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of the White House, on Friday for a busy evening of meetings with Park, including a working dinner and a news conference. The visit is Obama's first to Seoul since Park became the key U.S. ally's …

  • Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance
    Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania's port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import terminal — aptly named "Independence" — that will be key to the Baltic region's plan to reduce its reliance on Russia's energy supplies. …

  • S&P cuts Russia's credit rating Associated Press
    S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, raising the financial stakes flowing from the crisis in Ukraine as tensions rise and the United States and its allies are contemplating further economic sanctions. …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning Associated Press
    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

  • Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus Associated Press
    Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. …

  • Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales Associated Press
    Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda said Friday that its profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales, but momentum was forecast to ebb as the currency perk wears off. …

  • Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance
    Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania's port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import terminal — aptly named "Independence" — that will be key to the Baltic region's plan to reduce its reliance on Russia's energy supplies. …

  • S&P cuts Russia's credit rating Associated Press
    S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, raising the financial stakes flowing from the crisis in Ukraine as tensions rise and the United States and its allies are contemplating further economic sanctions. …

  • Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus Associated Press
    Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. …

  • Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales Associated Press
    Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda said Friday that its profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales, but momentum was forecast to ebb as the currency perk wears off. …

  • Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition Reuters
    Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

    By Emmanuel Braun BAMBARI Central African Republic (Reuters) - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition. Bambari lies near the dividing line separating Central African Republic's Christian south - where mobs have lynched hundreds of Muslims and torn down their homes - from a northern region controlled by the mostly Muslim …

  • After Oppo, Here Comes Zopo (Updated with Specific Smartphone Models)
    After Oppo, Here Comes Zopo (Updated with Specific Smartphone Models)

    Update: NOVO7Tech revealed on its official Facebook fan page some of the Zopo smartphone models that it is going to offer. A few days after the brand’s launch, NOVO7Tech teased on its Facebook fan page the arrival of another Chinese label, Zopo Mobile. The distributor posted a photo of a Zopo smartphone on its fan page, but it did not identify the specific model of the handset. Based in Shenzhen, Zopo Mobile was established in 2012. …

  • Web conference in Brazil calls for multistakeholder approach AFP News
    Web conference in Brazil calls for multistakeholder approach

    Delegates to an international conference on how the Internet should be governed called for a transparent, multi-stakeholder approach. The participants at the gathering in Brazil called NetMundial also warned against what they called massive and arbitrary surveillance of the Internet in the wake of revelations in documents leaked by Edward Snowden of widespread US spying on the Web. The gathering was attended by delegates from more than 80 countries including the US, as well as the United …

  • Pinterest adds search tool for finding fun 'pins' AFP News
    Pinterest adds search tool for finding fun 'pins'

    Pinterest launched a tool to help people quickly sift through the roughly 30 billion 'Pins' on the service's online bulletin boards to find what they like. …

  • Baidu rebrands online finance service, introduces loans Tech in Asia
    Baidu rebrands online finance service, introduces loans

    Baidu today officially rebranded its financial services branch changing the name from "Baidu Licai" to "Baidu Jinrong" …

  • Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire' AFP News
    Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire'

    Facebook launched Thursday FB Newswire, billed as an online trove of real-time information for journalists and newsrooms to mine while reporting on events or crafting stories. In partnership with News Corp-owned Storyful, FB Newswire aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly at the social network, including original pictures, videos, and comments posted by "people on the front lines of major events" such as protests, elections and sports matches. "News is finding a bigger audience on …

FEATURED BLOGS

  • 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 »