Vanuatu moves to ban disposable diapers to significantly reduce plastic waste

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has announced plans to ban disposable diapers in a move it says will significantly reduce pollution. Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu announced the ban at a conference in Port Vila this week, saying plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, plastic drinks stirrers and types of food packaging would also be outlawed. He said research showed disposable diapers — or nappies as they are known outside North America — […]

Chef Wolfgang Puck unveils lavish Oscars menu

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Coveted prizes aren’t the only thing on the menu at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Austro-American chef Wolfgang Puck, who has been feeding the famous at the Oscars for 25 years, has given AFP a peek at this year’s spread: smoked salmon, truffle pasta and Oscar statuettes made out of chocolate.

Swedish teen leaves adults trailing with global school strikes for climate

by Amélie BOTTOLLIER-DEPOIS Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — “Strike for climate”. With that simple plea, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has inspired children worldwide to boycott classes under the anxious gaze of adults who don’t quite know how to react. Every Friday since August, Greta, as she is known to all, has staked out a spot in front of parliament in Stockholm, demanding that her government step up the fight against climate change. In […]

#Pasyalan: Buktot Beach sa Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro

(Eagle News) — Naghahanap ka ba ng budget-friendly get away ngayong summer? Hanap mo ba ay maputi at pinong buhangin, asul na tubig dagat at rock formation na perfect para sa iyong Instagram post? Halina’t pasyalan ang Buktot Beach sa Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Tinawag itong “Buktot” dahil sa hugis ng bundok sa tabi nito na animo’y kuba. Pwede itong akyatin sa loob lamang ng sampung minuto at mula sa itaas ay makikita ang ganda ng […]

Nepal social media bill sparks freedom of speech concerns

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — Nepal’s government on Wednesday tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh penalties for “improper” social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent. Under the proposed law, the government would have the power to block social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube unless they register in Nepal. And social media posts deemed defamatory or against national sovereignty could be punished with up […]

Ebola outbreak ‘under control’ in part of eastern DR Congo

KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — An Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 500 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been brought under control in one major area, the health ministry said late Tuesday. In a statement, it said there had been no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days. “We can now consider that the Ebola epidemic is currently under control in Beni,” it said, […]

Palace condoles with kin of National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Thursday, Feb. 21, expressed its condolences to the family of the late National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa. “The so-called father of Philippine neo-vernacular architecture devoted his lifetime work championing the extensive use of indigenous Filipino materials in his design,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. According to Panelo, while Mañosa “will be missed,” his “influence and legacy will continue to live on.” Mañosa, whose works include the Coconut Palace […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” makes its rounds at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC films’ “Guerrero” was featured as one of the full-length exhibition films at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines, held at the NCCA Leandro Locsin Theatre in Intramuros, Manila last February 17, 2019. Singkuwento brings together filmmakers from various regions in the Philippines and other countries. This year, local participants came from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, while international participants came from Korea, Canada, Cambodia and […]

Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century’s end, researchers said Wednesday. Without screening and HPV vaccination, more than 44 million women will likely be diagnosed with the disease over the next 50 years, they reported in The Lancet Oncology, a medical journal. Two thirds of these cases — […]

Scientists discover two new bat species in Europe, North Africa

MADRID ,Spain (AFP) — A new species of bat has been discovered in wooded areas of Europe, an international team of researchers said on Tuesday, as well as another “very rare” species that lives in caves in North Africa. The findings add to the family of roughly a thousand species of bats, an order of mammals which are capable of transmitting and receiving ultrasound, allowing them to fly and navigate in total darkness. The new […]

Israel’s first lunar mission to launch this week

TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Israel is to launch its first moon mission this week, sending an unmanned spacecraft to collect data to be shared with NASA, organizers said Monday. The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet (Genesis) spacecraft is to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 0145 GMT on Friday. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and technology NGO SpaceIL announced the date at a press conference. Mission control will be in […]