Bloomberg pledges $500m to clean energy in ‘fight of our time’

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he will spend half a billion dollars in the “fight of our time” to move the US away from carbon energy and combat climate change. The former New York mayor and philanthropist said the $500 million investment will go toward launching the Beyond Carbon initiative, which aims to close nearly 250 coal plants throughout the country by 2030 and prevent new ones […]

US schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

  By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were […]

Days are numbered for Norway’s fur farms

BRUMUNDDAL, Norway (AFP) – Baby minks, their skin still smooth and furless, snuggle up against one another under a pile of hay, letting out the occasional squeal: this sight will soon be a thing of the past at Norway’s fur farms. The Norwegian parliament is due this month to adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing ones to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. Hailed by animal rights’ activists, the […]

More than 23 million people fall ill yearly in Europe due to contaminated food — WHO

(Eagle News) – More than 23 million people per year fall sick from eating contaminated food, with 4,700 losing their lives every year in Europe, according to a recent report of the World Health Organization. This means that that for every minute, 44 people fall sick from eating contaminated food, according to a review of the most recent available data entitled “The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region.” The findings were presented […]

YouTube to ban ‘hateful,’ ‘supremacist’ videos

  by Rob Lever Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — YouTube announced Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. The announcement by the Google-owned video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of tech industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation. “YouTube […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” scores another knockout in Denmark

by Emily Manuel and MJ Racadio (Eagle News) – EBC Films’ award-winning movie “Guerrero” opened to a red-carpet premiere at the Palads Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark last May 26, 2019 to the delight of an international audience. Moviegoers were captivated by the heartwarming story of a boxer named Ramon and his triumph over life’s challenges, through the help of his younger brother, Miguel. The audience both laughed and cried throughout the movie. Richelle Cerri, from Copenhagen, […]

Apple iTunes to play last song

  by Glenn CHAPMAN Agence France Presse SAN JOSE, United States (AFP) — Apple on Monday announced the demise of its groundbreaking iTunes platform in favor of three more tailored apps, as it refines its offerings to be a stage for digital music, films, podcasts and more. iTunes transformed the way people buy and listen to music after its launch in 2001, but is now being phased out, Apple senior vice president of software engineering […]

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

  by Jenny VAUGHAN Agence France Presse HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Millions of pigs have been culled as African Swine Fever cuts through China and beyond, devastating global food chains, with pork prices expected to soar from the food markets of Hong Kong to American dinner tables. Outbreaks have been reported in Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China — the world’s biggest pork producer and consumer. Experts warn it could take years to contain […]

India heatwave takes temperatures near record highs

CHURU, India (AFP) — Temperatures in an Indian desert city hit 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) for the second time in three days as a deadly heatwave maintained its grip on the country. The thermometer hit 50.3 (122.54 Fahrenheit) in Churu in Rajasthan state, sending residents scrambling for shade to escape the searing sun. On Saturday it reached 50.6 Celsius (123 Fahrenheit), close to the country’s record of 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit) recorded in […]

EBC Films’ “Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical” ends on a high note at the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Movies

by Emily Manuel and MJ Racadio (Eagle News) — It was a triumphant evening for EBC Films’ “Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical” at the 35th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Pasay City, last June 2, 2019. The film held three nominations and received the award for Best Indie Theme Song of the Year. EBC Films has been recognized by this prestigious award-giving body for […]

China’s Huawei to sell stake in undersea-cable unit

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — Huawei will sell its majority share in a submarine cable unit, the stake’s buyer announced Monday, amid a US-led drive to isolate the Chinese telecom giant from global information networks over spying fears. US President Donald Trump has attacked Huawei in recent months, urging allies to boycott its products and blacklisting the Chinese firm from buying some US software. Undersea cables are vital to global internet traffic. The 51 percent stake […]

New drug therapy slows spread of pancreatic cancer: study

by Issam AHMED For people diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, the outlook is about as grim as it gets: the average patient won’t live longer than a year. But a new study involving a targeted drug therapy has demonstrated it may be possible to significantly slow its spread, with a third of patients receiving the medication still alive two years into a clinical trial, a researcher reported on Sunday. The trial specifically looked at patients […]