Study: Dirty Air Kills 27k a Year in the PH

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels — primarily coal, gas and oil — is responsible for an estimated 27,000 premature deaths in the Philippines annually, and results in up to 300 billion pesos in economic losses per year, according to a new study released on Wednesday. Published by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Center for Research on Energy and Clean …

Emily Blunt Opens Up About Childhood Stutter Battle

Emily Blunt shared she grew up with a speech impediment which prevented her from reading poems aloud or even saying her name as a kid. The actress said her stutter “started to take hold around six or seven,” then got progressively worse as she got older. It was acting in grade school that helped her even out her stutter and …

You Can Now Name A Cockroach After Your Ex

The San Antonio Zoo in Texas had a solution for those bothered by the memory of their ex. For just 5 dollars, zoo staff named a cockroach after a former lover and fed it to an animal at their “Cry Me a Cockroach” event on Valentine’s Day. If you paid 20 dollars more, they named a rat after your former …

“Palentine’s Day”

February 13th, also known as Palentine’s day or Valentine’s for friends, was the third most popular departure date in 2020 for solo travelers in their 30s and 40s, according to travel experts. Google data shows that global searches for ‘solo travel’ rose by 22% in February last year when compared to February 2018.  Research shows that 46% percent of coupled-up …

OECD on Education in the Philippines

Many Filipino students believe success in learning is all in the genes and making an effort is not a solution to low academic performance, an official of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development told a Senate hearing on Thursday. The OECD conducted the Program for International Student Assessment in which the Philippines fared poorly. Andreas Schleicher, the agency’s director …

PNP Revamp

Some 20 police generals and colonels will be reshuffled soon, Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa revealed Thursday. He clarified that the revamp is due to the retirement of some PNP generals. “Today I am issuing probably around 20 generals and colonels for another reshuffle. The reason behind this is because of the retirement of generals in the PNP, …

UN Libya Ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a “lasting ceasefire” in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January. The text, drafted by Britain, was approved by 14 votes out of 15. Russia abstained.  It called for continued negotiations by the joint military commission set up in January between the two …

Trump on VFA

US President Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday about the Philippines canceling a major military accord, saying the decision would save Americans money. The 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement created a legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines and for organizing joint military exercises. Manila announced its decision last Tuesday — a move the US embassy in the …

China Race Postponed

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Formula One announced on Wednesday. The decision to cancel the race weekend in Shanghai, which was scheduled for April 17 to 19, was taken jointly by F1 and the sports governing body, the FIA, after the Juss Sports Group — the Chinese Grand Prix promoter — officially …