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Indonesian volcano erupts, spewing hot ash three kilometres away

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, erupted Wednesday, belching out huge clouds of smoke and ash that billowed down the sides of its rumbling crater. The volcano, near Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta, shot hot ash into the air around three dozen times throughout the day. Some of it travelled as far as three kilometres (two miles) away from its peak, Indonesia’s geological agency said. Authorities told residents […]

No crowds, intense security mark scaled-down Biden inauguration

  by Michael Mathes Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Two weeks after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, America reclaimed its citadel of democracy Wednesday with the latest transition of power — but Joe Biden’s inauguration, coming amid unprecedented security threats and pandemic woe, was unlike any other. For one, his twice-impeached predecessor Donald Trump was absent, having fled Washington hours earlier, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to represent the White House in […]

Pres. Duterte inaugurates Skyway stage 3, says he hopes Filipinos’ lives will be better

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the third stage of the Metro Manila Skyway Project (MMSS-3) built to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, saying that with the completion of the project he hoped to make life a bit easier for the Filipinos amid the pandemic. “Today, the life of many may not really be very, very comfortable. But ang hiningi ko lang naman komportable lang na buhay. And if this will continue, […]

“Unprecedented:” How Trump supporters breached security and raged inside US Capitol

(Editor’s note) ┬áThese photos as taken by Agence France Presse, mostly by AFP photographer Saul Loeb, showed just how supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump descended on the US capitol on January 6, 2021, breached security and “desecrated” the halls of US Congress, something that had never happened before. These scenes shocked the world, and rocked to the core America’s soul. Below is a story by Agence France Presse on how this day happened, […]

World ushers in New Year in shadow of pandemic

  by Helen ROWE with AFP bureaus From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Acropolis, fireworks burst in skies above eerily deserted landmarks as the world ushered in the New Year with muted celebrations and said good riddance to a pandemic-ridden 2020. After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers to extend their 2020 tradition of watching […]

One dead, at least four hurt after steel girder from Skyway project falls on vehicles in Muntinlupa

  (Eagle News) –One person died and four others were injured after a steel girder from a part of the Skyway project fell on vehicles in Muntinlupa City on Saturday. Skyway contractor EEI Corporation said the incident took place in Barangay Cupang at 8:50 a.m. The contractor said the girder, which spanned the two posts of the north-bound Skyway extension project, fell after it was hit by a crane that tilted as it was being […]

News in photos: Marikina submerged by Ondoy-high floods after rains dumped by Ulysses

  (Eagle News) — Eleven years after the 2009 Ondoy floods that killed almost 80 people in Marikina, deep floods once again submerged many parts of the city as heavy rains dumped by typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) caused Marikina River to swell and spill over to the streets transforming these into rivers. Waters were so high that people living in houses with more than two storeys had to go to the rooftop or to higher floors, […]

Pres. Duterte conducts aerial inspection of Marikina, Montalban, other areas hit by floods reminiscent of “Ondoy”

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an aerial inspection of areas hardest hit by typhoon Ulysses (international name Vamco), particularly focusing on the Marikina and Montalban areas which are experiencing severe floods similar to what happened in 2009 due to Tropical Storm Ondoy. Duterte made the inspection after addressing briefly the 37th ASEAN Summit where he had asked permission to be excused from participating in further meetings with ASEAN leaders as he had […]

Pres. Duterte conducts aerial inspection of Catanduanes, Albay to check typhoon damage

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an aerial inspection of Catanduanes and Albay in the Bicol region which were severely hit by super typhoon Rolly (Goni) on Monday, Nov. 2, a day after the typhoon pummeled Bicol and other parts of Luzon. Duterte was accompanied by Sen. Christopher Bong Go. The President’s chopper also landed in Guinobatan. Albay where he met with some of the residents affected by the onslaught of the super typhoon. […]

News in photos: Electric posts toppled by Super Typhoon Rolly in Guinobatan, Albay

  (Eagle News) — In these photos by EBC Eagle News Service correspondent Rebert Soriao, concrete electric posts can be seen toppled by Super Typhoon Rolly’s intense winds on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Albay was under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 5 when it was hit by “Rolly” early Sunday with maximum sustained winds of over 225 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 310 kph.  

In photos: Manila Bay’s white sand beach wows locals and tourists alike

(Eagle News) — The Manila Bay Beach has social media buzzing as both locals and tourists have visited the white sand strip in the Philippine capital’s famous bay known for its dazzling sunsets. Locals and tourists flocked to the white sand beach of Manila Bay in its brief weekend public opening. It has since been the subject of vloggers as they raved about the new attraction in Manila. The Manila Bay beach area was closed […]

In photos: Reduced physical distancing inside MRT-3 trains starting today, Sept. 14

(Eagle News)–In these pictures shared by the Department of Transportation, passengers inside Metro Rail Transit-3 trains are seen sitting at a shorter distance between each other. From the original one-meter distance, the DOTr said it was now implementing a 0.75-meter distance between commuters in almost all public modes of transport, based on the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Only planes shall retain the original physical distancing protocol […]