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Cebu Pacific bans shark fin on flights


Whether on meal trays or in freight, shark fin will no longer be allowed on board any Cebu Pacific flight.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Obama sees big reveal: Jeepneys out, Comet in

OBAMA ON AN E-JEEP  US President Obama talks with developers of an electric vehicle called Comet. Zero-emission Comets are envisioned to replace gas-guzzling public utility jeepneys on Philippine roads. With Obama are Comet developer Ken Montler (inside the vehicle with Obama), CEO of electric jeep developer Global Electric Transportation (GET); Sigfrido Tiñga, GET president; and Robert Martin of the jeepney federation Pasang Masda.  TARRA QUISMUNDO

Move over, Beast. Here comes Jeepney 1. With his shiny, bomb-proof presidential limousine—dubbed “The Beast” by the US Secret Service—a few steps away, President Barack Obama briefly boarded a zero-emission electric jeep envisioned to replace the gas-guzzling jeepneys on Metro Manila’s roads.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Do you know the way to Kiribati? Its head of state was here to study ‘Yolanda’

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A foreign head of state flew in for a personal visit last week and was surprised to get an official security detail. Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, slipped into the country late Friday night for a four-day visit to study the impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda on Eastern Visayas, a priority concern for the environment advocate wary about the future of his sinking 800-square-kilometer island nation.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

What Went Before: Damage wrought by USS Guardian

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the bow of the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is lifted by a crane during a continuing salvage operation off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila, Philippines. The ship ran aground before dawn on Jan. 17, damaging coral reef. AP/Philippine Coast Guard

On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US has not paid Tubbataha fine

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DEAD END.  The bow of the  American warship USS Guardian is lifted above water after it ran aground on an atoll in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea in January last year, damaging the protected World Heritage Site. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

Almost a year after an American warship ran aground on an atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the US government has yet to pay the fine imposed by the Philippines for the damage to the environment.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »