72-year old Frenchman in a barrel closing in on trans-Atlantic crossing

by Fabienne Faur Agence France Presse BORDEAUX, France (AFP) — A 72-year-old Frenchman floating across the Atlantic in a custom-made barrel says he is in high spirits as he approaches the end of his journey, after nearly 100 days alone at sea enjoying “magnificent sunrises and sunsets.” “The days are going by too fast,” Jean-Jacques Savin told AFP by satellite phone this week. “I’m not bored at all.” The former French paratrooper and avid triathlete […]

The nations grounding their Boeing 737s

  PARIS, France (AFP) — A number of countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew — with some detecting similarities between the two accidents. There are some 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes currently in […]

US regulators order improvements to Boeing jet after latest crash

  by Heather Scott Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to its popular 737 Max 8 aircraft after the second deadly accident in a few months prompted the grounding of fleets around the world. Singapore Tuesday banned the use of the high-tech jet in its airspace, becoming the latest in a growing list of jurisdictions worried about the safety of the flagship plane. On […]

Take a break: Visit Donsol in Sorsogon

Needing a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Or a break from the winter snow for those experiencing icy weather? Try visiting Donsol, Sorsogon in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. It has year round warm weather ranging from 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The native flora and fauna, and tropical plants and flowers offer nature’s therapy for the senses. With its location at the tip of the Bicol Peninsula, Sorsogon is […]

#EBCphotography: Nature’s own “emoji”

  This photo by Eagle News photo correspondent Alvin “Zaijian Chu” Melitante shows how nature can create its own “emoji.”  This emoji is made from dried coconut found on the shores of Dancalan Beach in Donsol, Sorsogon, a municipality known for whale shark sightings.   (Eagle News Service)

Full steam ahead for Austria’s night trains

by Sophie MAKRIS VIENNA, Austria (AFP) — It looks like a scene from the halcyon days of the railways: travelers finding their sleeper berth, turning on the reading light and stowing their cases under the bed. But it’s still a common nightly ritual at Vienna’s main station, where overnight train routes have endured in the age of low-cost flights — and are even expanding. From early evening onwards, the departures board at Vienna’s “Hauptbahnhof” station […]

Black History Month: The legacy of L. B. Brown, former slave turned community builder

By Melissa Sarmiento Allen EBC Florida Bureau POLK COUNTY, Florida (Eagle News) – Along an unassuming street in the quaint town of Bartow sits one of Florida’s historical crown jewels, The L.B. Brown House, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and named after its builder and original owner, Lawrence Bernard Brown, an African-American who was born into slavery in 1856. Despite having limited formal schooling, Brown was something of a Renaissance […]

Ahoy! Reed raft to set sail across the Pacific

ARICA, Chile (AFP) — A raft entirely made of reeds, inspired by ancient Andean indigenous techniques, is set afloat in the Pacific in northern Chile after more than three years of construction. The “Viracocha III” will attempt to sail 10,000 nautical miles to Sydney.

#Pasyalan: Buktot Beach sa Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro

(Eagle News) — Naghahanap ka ba ng budget-friendly get away ngayong summer? Hanap mo ba ay maputi at pinong buhangin, asul na tubig dagat at rock formation na perfect para sa iyong Instagram post? Halina’t pasyalan ang Buktot Beach sa Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Tinawag itong “Buktot” dahil sa hugis ng bundok sa tabi nito na animo’y kuba. Pwede itong akyatin sa loob lamang ng sampung minuto at mula sa itaas ay makikita ang ganda ng […]

Blue lagoon sa Rodriguez, Rizal, isa sa magandang pasyalan ngayong summer

(Eagle News) – Bukod sa bundok ng Espadang Bato na sikat sa mga mountaineer, ngayon naman ay tuklasin natin ang nakamamanghang sapa na kung tawagin ay Blue rock lagoon. Ito ay matatagpuan sa Sitio Lukutan, Malaki Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. Ang Blue lagoon ay mayroong malamig at malinis na tubig. Kaya naman, marami ang nagpupunta dito para maligo kahit na ito ay nasa kalagitnaan ng kagubatan ng bundok ng Rodriguez. Simula sa bayan ng […]

Tiny S. Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

by Fiachra GIBBONS Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who did not begin to cook seriously until he was 30, forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the Western Cape near his Wolfgat restaurant, where he also makes his own bread and butter. The Wolfgat — […]