Arts and Culture

An order from the Chinese emperor: find immortality

BEIJING, China (AFP) — New archaeological research has shed fresh light on China’s first emperor — creator of the world-famous terracotta army — and his quest for eternal life, state media reported. A set of wooden slips found in the central province of Hunan contain an executive order from Emperor Qin Shihuang for a nationwide search for the elixir of life, along with replies from local governments, according to Xinhua news agency on Sunday. It […]

Comic Con does it big for small community of Jekyll Island

By Colleen Knight EBC Florida Bureau JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (Eagle News) — On the small island of Jekyll Island, Georgia, comic, anime, and super hero fans line up at the convention center to attend the yearly Jekyll Island Comic Con. Jekyll Con is a 100% fan-run Con, with no major sponsors and no professional event company. It is a homegrown con supported by passionate fans. “My feelings are that everybody who’s involved with Jekyll Con […]

WWI Australia submarine wreck found off PNG

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australia’s most enduring military mystery has been solved after the wreckage of the country’s first submarine was found more than a century after vanishing off Papua New Guinea’s coast, officials said Thursday. HMAS AE1, the first of two E Class submarines built for the Royal Australian Navy, vanished on 14 September, 1914 near the Duke of York Islands with 35 crew members from Australia, Britain and New Zealand on board. The […]

20 Bosnian hands on one piano set new world record

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AFP) — Some were on their knees, others lay flat on their fronts, but somehow 18 Bosnia children and their two music teachers managed to play a tune on just one piano on Tuesday to create a new world record. The participants trained for three months for their joint performance of French composer Albert Lavignac’s late-19th-century oddity “Galop-Marche” which he wrote originally for eight hands. The event took place in the Sarajevo City […]

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is ‘a tantrum away’

by Ilgin Karlidag Agence France Presse OSLO, Norway (AFP) — Mankind’s destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one “impulsive tantrum away,” the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation’s nuclear tests. “Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?” ICAN head Beatrice Fihn […]

Cavalcade of Lights illuminates Toronto winters

By Katrina De Jesus EBC Canada Bureau (Eagle News) — The Cavalcade of Lights is a cool way to say hello to the Winter while being mesmerized with splendid lights, stunning fireworks display and live music, all for free, at Nathan Phillips Square. This event, organized by the City of Toronto attracts approximately 50,000 attendees each year. It is an annual tradition that began nearly 50 years ago in Toronto and is a festival that […]

World Cup stadium rises from ashes of Battle of Stalingrad

by Dmitry Zaks © Agence France-Presse VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) — First they dug up the bones and defused the bombs. Then Russia erected a light-as-air stadium for the 2018 World Cup that rises from the ground around which two million people died over 200 days in the Battle of Stalingrad — the tragic turning point of World War II. “Every millimetre of this soil is soaked in blood,” Volgograd Governor Andrei Bocharov said in an interview. “There […]

Photographer captures human face of endangered species

by Olivia HAMPTON Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Can you love an animal to death? A new book by British photographer Tim Flach documents some of Earth’s most treasured species pushed to the brink of extinction by manmade crises, from pangolins hunted for their scales to Brazil’s pied tamarin threatened by urbanisation. “Most of the changes in the past have been driven by natural forces, but on this occasion, it seems to be […]

Latin American book fair, isinagawa sa malaking bookstore sa Makati

Noong unang linggo ng Nobyembre ginanap ang Latin American book fair sa isang malaking bookstore sa Makati City. Dinaluhan ito ng mga delegates at ambassadors na mula sa Latin American countries–Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama at Venezuela. Layunin ng book fair na ito ang makilala pa ang sining at kultura ng mga nasabing bansa.  

Account by Titanic survivor among precious manuscripts to be auctioned in Paris

PARIS, France (Reuters) — An astonishing collection of papers ranging from a handwritten account from a Titanic survivor to a manuscript written from prison by the Marquis de Sade is set to be auctioned in Paris. The Aguttes auction house acquired the collection from bankrupt French company Aristophil, whose founder Gerard Lheritier was charged with fraud in 2015 after suspicions he ran a Ponzi-like scheme. His company, which acquired some 130,000 pieces, was placed into […]

Sierra Leone’s ‘Peace Diamond’ shown ahead of New York auction

NEW YORK CITY, New York (Reuters) — The 14th largest diamond in the world was displayed in New York on Tuesday (November 21) and will go up for auction in New York on December 4. The “Peace Diamond” was discovered in Sierra Leone and is 709 carats in its uncut form. “I think the idea that we trust the government of Sierra Leone today is a very important sea change in how the world is […]

Holocaust survivor opens art museum in hometown Vilnius

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AFP) — Painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak on Monday opened a museum of his allegorical work inspired by Jewish history in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, more than half a century after he held his first exhibition as a nine-year-old inside its wartime ghetto. As a boy he was sent to live in the ghetto after the German Nazis occupied the city in 1941 during World War II. He survived — unlike most of his […]