US records 695 measles cases, most since 2000

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) –The United States recorded 695 cases of measles in 2019, the most of any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, health authorities said Wednesday. “The high number of cases in 2019 is primarily the result of a few large outbreaks — one in Washington State and two large outbreaks in New York that started in late 2018,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a […]

Facebook profit slumps on set-aside for big US fine

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook on Wednesday reported quarterly profit sank 51 percent from a year earlier due to setting aside $3 billion for an anticipated fine from US regulators. The leading social network logged a profit of $2.4 billion on revenue that climbed 26 percent to $15.1 billion in the first three months of this year. The number of monthly active users of Facebook at the end of March was 2.38 billion, […]

‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet

PARIS, France (AFP) — Scientists said Tuesday they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbor. A dome-shaped probe known as SEIS landed on the surface of Mars in December after hitching a ride on NASA’s InSight spacecraft. Its instruments measure surface vibrations caused by weather but are also capable of detecting movement from deep within the planet — […]

China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos

by Sam Reeves Agence France Presse Jenjarom, Malaysia (AFP) — Pictures by Mohd Rasfan and Brenton Edwards. Video by Patrick Lee From grubby packaging engulfing small Southeast Asian communities to waste piling up in plants from the US to Australia, China’s ban on accepting the world’s used plastic has plunged global recycling into turmoil. For many years, China received the bulk of scrap plastic from around the world, processing much of it into a higher […]

Tesla eyes ‘robotaxis’ by 2020 with new self-driving technology

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Tesla said Monday it is expecting to deploy self-driving “robotaxis” by 2020 as it unveiled its upgraded technology for driverless vehicles. Chief executive Elon Musk told an investor presentation he expected regulator approval in some jurisdictions for autonomous ride-hailing that could use some of the Teslas on the road if their owners agree to share the vehicles. “I feel very confident in predicting autonomous robotaxis next year,” Musk told […]

New York mayor targets classic skyscrapers with Green New Deal

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio marked Earth Day by outlining measures to make New York greener Monday, including dramatically cutting the carbon footprint of the city’s signature building, the skyscraper. “We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient,” he told MSNBC television. The New York version of the “Green New Deal” currently being pushed by freshmen Democratic members of Congress would make buildings of […]

Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ Greenland ice melting

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 — thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models. By the 1990s and 2000s, scientists were able to make pretty good estimates, although work from previous decades was unreliable due to less advanced technology. Now, researchers have recalculated the amount of ice lost in Greenland since 1972, the year the first Landsat satellites entered orbit to […]

Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

by Glenn CHAPMAN SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers. Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking. Samsung said it decided to put off this week’s planned release of the Fold after some reviews “showed us how the device needs further improvements.” The South Korean consumer electronics giant […]

‘World’s smallest baby boy’ set to go home in Japan

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension. At 258 grams (9.1 ounces) he was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy who weighed just […]

Three mountaineers presumed dead in Canada avalanche

Montreal, Canada (AFP) — Three world-renowned professional mountaineers — two Austrians and an American — were missing and presumed dead after an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the country’s national parks agency said Thursday. American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, went missing Tuesday evening in Banff National Park, according to media reports. Authorities launched an aerial search the next day. The three men were attempting to climb […]

Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of Instagram passwords in “readable format”

  SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — “Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” Facebook said in a blog post. “We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation […]

Guerrero, a “knockout” with UK audiences

by Vee Manuel-Sison, London-UK EBC Europe Bureau LONDON, UK (Eagle News) — After its successful release across Asia, Middle East, US, Canada and Europe, the independently produced Filipino movie “Guerrero” by EBC films premiered at London, Kensington Academy on April 6 and 7, with five sold out screenings in London. This film directed by Carlos Ortega Cuevas, already won multiple awards in the Philippines and overseas, including “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” at […]