Life

Spider swarm cloaks Greek lake in 1,000-meter web

  THESSALONIKI, Greece (AFP) — Lake Vistonida in northern Greece has become an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare after it was cloaked recently by massive webs spun by hundreds of thousands of small spiders. Biologists say the recent phenomenon, though rare, is not unheard of and is caused by unseasonally warm weather prompting an increase in the local population of mosquitoes and gnats. “It’s caused by an overpopulation of spiders…there is an abundance of food available,” local […]

Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation

by Julie CHARPENTRAT Agence France-Presse MENLO PARK, United States (AFP) — In Facebook’s “War Room,” a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to influence elections in the United States […]

S. Korea’s last polar bear dies ahead of British retirement

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — The last polar bear kept in South Korea has died of old age only weeks before his planned departure to better living conditions in Britain, zoo officials said Thursday. Tongki — a 23-year-old male named after a Japanese cartoon character of the 1980s — lived in a 330-square-metre (3,500-square-foot) concrete enclosure at the Everland theme park outside Seoul. The zoo had planned to move him to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park […]

Scientists spot six near-extinct vaquita porpoises

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — The near-extinct vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, has not yet disappeared from its habitat off the coast of Mexico, a research team said Wednesday after spotting six of them. The vaquita has been nearly wiped out by illegal fishing in its native habitat, the Gulf of California, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in May that it could go extinct this year. But “all hope is not lost” for […]

‘Bad news’: CO2 emissions to rise in 2018, says IEA chief

by Catherine HOURS / Marlowe HOOD Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday. The energy sector accounts for 80 percent of global CO2 emissions, with most of the rest caused by deforestation and agriculture, so its performance is key to efforts to rein […]

EBC named as “Best Media Broadcasting Company” for 2018 by PHL Golden Globe Awards for Business Excellence

(Eagle News) — Eagle Broadcasting Corporation was recently named as “Best Media Broadcasting Company” for 2018 by the Philippines’ Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence, citing EBC’s excellence in innovative business practices and reputable ethical image. The Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence, which is a joint undertaking of National Data Research Examiner and Marketing Services Inc., SINAG News Magazine and SINAG Foundation, chose EBC as the recipient of this year’s “Best Media […]

World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

PARIS, France (AFP) — From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. All but two of 49 UN-recognised icons of human civilization rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both, with few options for protecting most of them, they reported in the scientific […]

Look: China purrs over white tiger triplets

KUNMING, Yunnan, China (AFP) — Three playful white Bengal tiger cubs are charming visitors as they clamber around their enclosure at a zoo in China. The rare, blue-eyed triplets were born nearly three months ago at the Yunnan Wildlife Zoo in Kunming, and made their public debut in early October. “The oldest one — the largest — is very naughty and has a real appetite. He’s the naughtiest. The youngest is like a baby, she’s […]

Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool: report

by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — The best — and fairest — way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday. Restoring natural forest ecosystems, securing the land rights of local communities and revamping the global food system could cut greenhouse emissions 40 percent by mid-century and help humanity avoid climate catastrophe, they argued in […]

Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

  by Greg Heakes Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Life without LeBron James won’t be easy for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to take a significant step back after their native son’s departure to California. After carrying the Cavs to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including a memorable first championship win in 2016, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers to create a gaping hole in the team he left […]

Too fat to fight: Pentagon grapples with obesity epidemic

  by Thomas Watkins Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Forget about the high-tech military challenges from China and Russia, the Pentagon is facing a fast-growing national security threat that could be even trickier to tackle: America’s obesity crisis. A study released this week has found that nearly one-third of young Americans are now too overweight to join up, a worrying statistic for military officials already facing recruitment challenges. “Obesity has long threatened […]

Cancer Compass

Rising cancer deaths compel oncologists to stress patients’ informed decisions

  By Caesar Vallejos, Eagle News Service In the Philippines, more than 141,000 cancer cases and 86,337 cancer deaths were reported in 2018 alone. Among the leading causes of cancer in the country, lung, liver and cervix are preventive while the breast and colorectal cancers can be cured if detected early, the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO) statement said at the press gathering called “Cancer Compass:  Guiding Patients Towards the Right Decisions in Cancer […]