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Two Koreas march together at Asian Games opening ceremony

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — North and South Korea marched together behind the Korean Unification flag at the Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday, in the latest demonstration of their rapprochement. South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong-chol carried the blue and white flag as the Korean athletes paraded into Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium. It is the second such symbolic gesture this year by the two Koreas, who […]

Imus musings of a 30-year old novelist

By Caesar Vallejos, Eagle News Service While people have yet to start browsing at least one of the many recommendations to read when you’re under 30 or 40, this 30-year old novelist who hails from Imus has not only read but already written fourteen novels, half of which have been published. LA-based writer and filmmaker Brenden Gallagher said,  “one of the hardest things a person can do is complete a great novel. There are a […]

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can ‘shorten lifespan’: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday. The findings, published in The Lancet medical journal, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo diets that shun carbohydrates in favor of animal protein and fat. Proponents of these “Stone Age” diets argue that the rapid shift 10,000 years ago — […]

Choking hazard: Air pollution hangs over Asian Games

by Kiki Siregar Agence France-Presse Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event. Jakarta’s toxic skies have been stuck at unhealthy levels for weeks despite drastic efforts to cut down on congestion, including an odd-even licence plate system and the closure of some schools and toll roads. The city’s air-quality index reading hovered […]

‘Hacky hack hack’: Australia teen breaches Apple’s secure network

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP)–A schoolboy who “dreamed” of working for Apple hacked the firm’s computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised. The Children’s Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple’s mainframe — a large, powerful data processing system — from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday. The boy, then aged 16, […]

Over 7,000 apply for New York for-hire license ahead of cap

NEW YORK, United States (AFP)–Over 7,000 New York City car-for-hire license applications were filed between the announcement of a one-year cap on new licenses — a blow to the likes of Uber and Lyft — and the measure coming into force, the city regulator said Thursday. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into effect Tuesday, a first in the United States after a city council vote earlier this month. It stipulates a […]

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

by Jeff Kowalsky with Jennie Matthew in New York Agence France-Presse DETROIT, United States (AFP)–Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and “Queen of Soul” loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76. She influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including “Respect” (1967), “Natural Woman” (1968) and “I Say a Little Prayer” (1968). The multiple Grammy winner cemented her place in US […]

Low-carb diet linked to elevated mortality risk: study

  PARIS, France (AFP) — Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday. The findings, published in The Lancet, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo diets that shun carbohydrates in favour of animal protein and fat. Proponents of these “Stone Age” diets argue that the rapid shift 10,000 years ago — with the advent […]

Drones fly to rescue of Amazon wildlife

by Mauro Pimentel Agence France-Presse A hoarse sound abruptly wakes visitors staying at a floating house that serves as a base for environmentalists on the Jaraua river in the Amazon rainforest. During flood season, the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve — located 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the Amazonas state capital Manaus — fills with water. For researchers from the Mamiraua Institute and WWF-Brazil, that means their nearest neighbor is a caiman they call Dominique. It […]

‘Devastating’ dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

  by Kerry Sheridan Agence France-Presse SARASOTA, United States (AFP) — A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace. More than 100 tons of dead sea creatures have been shoveled up from smelly, deserted beaches in tourist areas along Florida’s southwest coast as a result of the harmful algal bloom this month alone. […]

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

by Marlowe Hood  Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) – Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth’s surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday. The double whammy of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of “extreme warm events” in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, they reported in Nature Communications. “This […]

Tinder founders sue parent firm alleging cheating on stock options

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP)–Tinder founders and early employees filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing parent firm InterActiveCorp of cheating them out of billions of dollars by manipulating the value of stock options for the popular dating app. The suit filed in New York contends that IAC and its spinoff Match Group, which owns Tinder, schemed to dramatically drive down the value of stock options and then eliminate them altogether. The companies “made contractual promises to […]