Daily News Highlights – November 8, 2015 Edition

Gerard Lim

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  1. After #YolandaPH: Where we stand, two years on

    It has been two years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines. The record-breaking typhoon left a trail of death and destruction across the country, and in the aftermath, led to an unprecedented global aid effort to help the survivors get back on their feet. 

    What has happened to the survivors and the affected areas since then? Rappler takes a look at the affected sectors, and paints a picture of the current rehabilitation situation of the survivors of the worst crisis the country has faced. Read the full story here.


  2. Historic Myanmar elections: Could this be Suu Kyi’s time?

    Myanmar began voting Sunday, November 8, in a historic election that could thrust Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party into power and finally pull the country away from the grip of the military. Excitement has crescendoed in recent days among voters, despite nerves over how the powerful army will react if it loses.

    Agence France-Presse reports from Yangon.

  3. South China Sea tensions could lead to conflict, US defense chief warns

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Saturday, November 7, warned that land reclamation efforts and a military buildup in the South China Sea could lead to conflict between nations in the region. 

    Speaking at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, the Pentagon chief also said America was adapting its military posture to counter increased Russian “aggression.”

     Agence France-Presse has more details.

  4. #NowPH: How can we prevent another Yolanda?

    On Sunday, November 8, #NowPH will be holding the first national day of climate action to remember the lessons from the Yolanda tragedy.

    During the day, tell us how can you help prevent disasters like Yolanda from happening again. Using the hashtag #NowPH, join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook between 9 am to 9 pm, and show how you’re helping address climate change. 

    Join the conversation, to be led by MovePH and #NowPH.

  5. Oil found under Africa’s famed Virunga wildlife reserve

    Seismic tests in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve which is famed for its mountain gorillas, have confirmed the presence of oil, the Congolese government said Friday, November 6.

    The announcement was likely to reignite a heated debate within DRC over the merits of exploring for oil in the vast park, which covers some 7,800 square kilometres (3,010 square miles) of lush forest, glaciated peaks and savannah in the restive eastern province of North Kivu.

    Read more on Rappler.

  6. Higher electric bill for Meralco customers in November

    The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced in November that overall rates have gone up by P0.13 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to P8.55 per kWh. The upward adjustment comes after 6 straight months of reduction. Power rates have been declining for the past 6 consecutive months for a total reduction of P2.26 per kilowatt hour, the utility firm said. 

    Read more on Rappler.

  7. Measure a gamer through passion and skill, not gender

    Has one of the most prominent female gamers in the country ever experienced discrimination in the gaming community? Philippine cosplay queen and gamer Alodia Gosiengfiao said that she has. Alodia shared that she wanted to prove that what really matters is one’s passion for gaming, and not their gender. “What I really wanted to show is that it’s not really about gender; it’s your passion for gaming,” she said. 

    Read more on Rappler.

  8. Nepal: A country that will amaze and inspire you

    If you’re wondering where to go next, Nepal – home to 8 of the tallest peaks in the world – should be on top of your list. Nepal’s luscious terrain is not just for veteran adventurers. Whether you’re a hardcore backpacker or a leisure traveler craving a different experience, Nepal will amaze and inspire you.

    Here’s why Nepal should be on your travel bucket list.

  9. Starting ’em young: Grassroots football at Kaya FC Academy

    In a country famously crazy about basketball, where will young kids who love football develop their skill? This was the reason why Raffy Herrera decided to create what would become the Kaya FC Academy. From an initial 6 enrollees in 2010, it now has grown to 800 students, and is now a model for sustainable grassroots football growth in the country.

    Read more on Rappler.

  10. PH’s Trixie Maristela wins transgender beauty title

    Trixie Martistela was crowned Miss International Queen on the pageant’s coronation night Friday, November 6 at the Tiffany Show Theater in Pattaya, Thailand. Trixie, the reigning Miss Gay Manila, is the second Filipino transgender woman to win the title. Kevin Balot first won the crown for the country in 2012.

    Read more on Rappler.


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