Barcelona bans older, most polluting cars

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Barcelona imposed a ban Thursday on older, more polluting vehicles during most of the day in a bid to reduce air pollution in Spain’s second largest city. Gasoline-powered cars registered in Spain before 2000, and diesel-powered cars registered before 2006 are now banned from most city streets on weekdays between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm and face a fine of at least 100 euros ($112) if they violate the rule. All banned vehicles […]

In photos: The vicarage where Dr. Jose Rizal wrote the last chapters of Noli Me Tangere

Fotos: Das Pfarrhaus, wo Dr. Jose Rizal die letzten Kapitel von Noli Me Tangere schrieb   By Malou Francisco  EBC Europe bureau/ Eagle News Service (Eagle News) – While in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany, Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal went to the University of Heidelberg to practice ophthalmology. He would walk through the Odenwald Hills for three hours covering 12 kilometers. (Während seines Aufenthalts in Wilhelmsfeld besuchte der philippinische Nationalheld Dr. Jose Rizal die Universität Heidelberg, […]

Thai cave reopens for visitors after Wild Boars rescue

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Thailand has reopened the cave where 12 young footballers and their coach were trapped last year in a saga that captivated the world. The Tham Luang cave has been closed to visitors since the Wild Boars football team were rescued alive after nearly three weeks inside the grotto’s waterlogged corridors. But the world-famous cave in northern Chiang Rai province was re-opened Friday, drawing some 2,000 tourists in a single day, […]

#EBCphotography: Melbourne bursts in color as spring begins

By Patricia Madronio EBC Australia Bureau Eagle News and Features MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne is a city that is well known for its spasmodic and often extreme weather conditions. Any local will tell you that on a bad day, one can experience all four seasons! From a freezing morning to a hot afternoon with a side of alternating rain and shine, and a sprinkle of wild winds, Melbourne’s weather is certainly an interesting and unique […]

Barcelona residents organize “ROAR” to battle thieves, pickpockets in public transport

  By Lyn Tumbaga Diez EBC Spain correspondent Eagle News Service BARCELONA, Spain (Eagle News) — Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destination. It has so much to offer in terms of arts, sports, beaches and authentic paellas. But how safe is Barcelona for tourists and the residents? The many cases of robbery and pick pocketing especially in public transportation led members of the community to form ROAR or Residents Organization Against Robbery. […]

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab. Price tag? Tens of millions of dollars for a round trip ticket and $35,000 a night. “NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” NASA chief financial officer Jeff […]

Vietnam launches tourism campaign to attract more Filipinos to visit country

  (Eagle News) – The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, in cooperation with the Embassy of Vietnam, has launched a campaign to further promote Vietnam as a tourist destination for Filipinos. Dubbed “Soulful Vietnam,” the campaign hopes to make Filipinos more aware of tourist spots in this Southeast Asian country which has seen increasing tourist arrivals in the past 10 years. “Last year, we had 150,000 Filipinos going to Vietnam. The Philippines is a very […]

Camiguin could hit 1M tourists, bolstered by Skyjet’s game-changing direct flights to the “island born of fire”

By Caesar Vallejos OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Eagle News Service Foreign and local tourists can now easily “come again” to Camiguin with Skyjet Airlines’s first-ever direct flight to the island in the coast of Southern Philippines whose volcanic origins and eruptions got its brand as the “island born of fire.” From its inaugural flight last May 6, Skyjet flies to Camiguin daily (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  “Right now, we wanted to do a daily flight but […]

Israeli spacecraft crashes during moon landing: mission control; Beresheet supposed to be Israel’s 1st moon landing

  By Agence France Presse Israel’s attempt at a moon landing failed at the last minute Thursday when the craft suffered an engine failure as it prepared to land and apparently crashed onto the lunar surface. “We didn’t make it, but we definitely tried,” project originator and major backer Morris Kahn said in a live videocast from mission control near Tel Aviv. “I think that the achievement of getting to where we got is really […]

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 […]