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Swine fever sends China’s pork prices, imports soaring

by Sébastien RICCI BEIJING, China (AFP) — Pork prices have been sent soaring and herds devastated as African swine fever tears through China’s massive pig-farming industry, forcing the country to ramp up imports to satisfy demand — but analysts warn worse is yet to come. More than 1.1 million pigs have been killed or culled so far as authorities scramble to contain a virus that has spread to neighboring countries since the first cases emerged […]

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

by Jeremie RICHARD REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AFP) — Before being colonized by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island. The country is considered the least forested in Europe; indeed, forests in Iceland are so rare, or their trees so young, that people often joke that those lost in the woods only need to stand up to find […]

NEU Hunters bag BBI championship after beating Ateneo Blue Eagles, 93-84

(Eagle News) — The new Era University Hunters bagged the 2019 Breakdown Basketball Invitiational (BBI) Alcatel Summer League after beating Ateneo De Manila University’s Blue Eagles, 93-84. The win at the game’s overtime at the Ateneo’s homecourt avenged a prior loss at the hands of the Blue Eagles. During the July 13 championship game, NEU forced a tie at the end of regulation time against Ateneo after Finals MVP Jefferson Comia of NEU made a […]

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Germany will make childhood measles vaccinations mandatory from March 2020, aiming to wipe out the resurgent and potentially deadly disease, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet decided Wednesday. Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the jabs, and vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centres, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters. “We want to protect as many children as possible from a measles […]

Least forested country in Europe – Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

  by Jeremie RICHARD Agence France Presse REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AFP) — Before being colonized by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island. The country is considered the least forested in Europe; indeed, forests in Iceland are so rare, or their trees so young, that people often joke that those lost in the woods only need to […]

With swords and stunts, Thai youth embrace ancient martial art

  by Sippachai Kunnuwong    THON BURI, Thailand (AFP) — Armed with a wooden knife and shield, a teenage girl fends off four sword-wielding boys with high-flying kicks in an action-packed homage to Thailand’s neglected sword fighting tradition. The fighters are part of a growing group of students at a school on Bangkok’s outskirts mastering “Krabi Krabong,” a martial art used in centuries-old warfare between rival kingdoms. “It is a fighting technique used in a […]

‘One giant leap’: US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

  by Leila Macor with Issam Ahmed in Washington   CAPE CANAVERAL, United States (AFP) — Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad Tuesday to commemorate “one giant leap” that became a defining moment in human history. “We crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders, we knew that everyone […]

French inventor soars above Champs-Elysees on flyboard at Paris parade: AFP

PARIS, France (AFP) — A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine-engine-powered flying board in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders. Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle in a sign of the possible military uses of his device, took to the air in a futuristic showpiece of the annual Bastille Day parade, an AFP reporter said. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told France […]

At 82, NASA pioneer Sue Finley still reaching for the stars

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Sue Finley began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the US prepared to launch its first satellite into orbit in 1958, racing to match the Soviet Union, which had accomplished the feat months earlier. Now 82, she is one of NASA’s longest-serving women, starting out as one of its “human computers,” whose critical yet long-hidden contributions to the space program, including the Apollo missions to the […]

PHIVOLCS launches app to help people prepare for quakes, and volcanic, hydro-meteorological hazards

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Tuesday, July 16, launched an application that aims to help people prepare for earthquakes, and volcanic and hydro-meteorological hazards. In a statement, PHIVOLCS said HazardHunterPH is “the first one-stop shop online application that generates initial hazard assessment report for seismic, volcanic, and hydro-meteorological hazards with explanation and recommendation from mandated government agencies in just a few clicks.” According to PHIVOLCS, it worked together  with Philippine Atmospheric, […]

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after an evangelical preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease in the key urban hub in a nearly year-old epidemic. Goma, a border city with a population of one million, lies next to the Rwandan town of Gisenyi and has transport links to other parts […]

Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Twitter on Monday began rolling out an overhauled version of its website, making it more similar to the mobile version of the one-to-many messaging platform. The revamp to the Twitter page accessible on computer web browsers comes as the San Francisco-based company seeks to ramp up engagement while managing abusive content. “We are starting to roll out a new  Twitter.com — a refreshed and updated website that is faster, easier to navigate […]