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August 26, 2014 Edition

Valerie Castro

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  1. VP Binay, Nancy earned from building, cakes – Ex-Binay aide

    Former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay allegedly earned from the supposed overpriced Makati parking building. This was the charge made by former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, August 26. He admitted that while he pocketed funds for the building, Senator Nancy Binay allegedly made the cakes for senior citizens of Makati. The longtime ally of the Vice President said it was his “automatic conclusion” that the former mayor earned from the building too. They had a falling out when Binay did not fulfill his promise to field him as successor in Makati in 2010 and instead supported his son, Junjun Binay, who is now Makati mayor.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  2. Makati Representative Binay to confront Cayetano

    Admitting she was hurt by the attacks on her by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Makati Representative Abigail Binay on Tuesday showed up at the Senate to confront him. Saying she could no longer afford to remain silent, the congresswoman said she needs to “fight” Cayetano who has alleged she was behind the graft case behind him and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano. Binay, who arrived before the hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati parking building, denied having any hand in the case.

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  3. ZMapp fails to save Liberian doctor

    Abraham Bornor, the Liberian doctor treated with the experimental anti-Ebola serum ZMapp died Sunday night, August 24. Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said the doctor was “showing signs of progress” but died. Two other health workers still undergoing treatment with the serum show “signs of hope,” according to Brown. Stocks of ZMapp have been used up, but several drugs are being developed to fight the fatal disease. Meanwhile UN envoy David Nabarro said airlines halting flights to and from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak was making UN efforts “a whole lot harder.”

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    A related story on the UN efforts is also on Rappler.

  4. Breaking Bad leads winners; Bill Crystal pays tribute to Robin Williams

    Breaking Bad led the list of winners at the 2014 Emmys on Tuesday, August 26, Manila time, bringing home the Outstanding Drama Series Award, along with 3 other cast awards – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor, and Outstanding Supporting Actress. It likewise won for Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series. Game of Thrones, among the most nominated, lost in all major acting categories. Comedian Billy Crystal paid a special tribute to comedy icon Robin Williams who committed suicide on August 11.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

    Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams is also on Rappler.

  5. Youths using e-cigarettes have tripled since 2011

    Is there a new generation of nicotine addicts emerging in the US? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of young people who had never smoked a cigarette but used e-cigarettes tripled in 2013 from 2011. That’s from 79,000 in 2011 to 263,000 in 2013. According to a study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 44% of non-smoking youth who had used e-cigarettes said they intended to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year. This should be cause for concern for parents and the public health community, said the lead author of the study, Rebecca Bunnell.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  6. Teenager shot by police laid to rest

    Robert Cohen/Pool/EPA

    Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by a white police officer August 9, was laid to rest Monday, August 25, as protests that resurrected the race debate in the US appeared to have subsided. Attended by thousands, the funeral service of the 18-year-old drew activists, religious leaders, senior officials and politicians. Civil rights leader Al Sharpton said during the service, “This is not about you. This is about justice. This is about fairness. And America is going to have to come to terms when there’s something wrong.”

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  7. US east coast has ocean floor methane leaks

    View of the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

    Researchers have discovered more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the ocean floor off the US east coast, the BBC reported. The leaks could be contributing to global warming. While scientists have not yet sampled the gas within the streams of bubbles, they believe that circumstancial evidence points to methane. The huge volumes of the gas appear to be contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate or clathrate which sends bubbles of gas which is oxidized to carbon dioxide. There is no evidence, however, to suggest that the carbon from the seeps “is entering the atmosphere,” researchers said.

    Read the full story on the BBC.

  8. Astronomers identify sites for robot lab landing

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has listed 5 possible sites for the first-ever landing on a comet named “67P”. In mid-November, ESA will be sending down a robot laboratory, Philae, which will land on the comet’s surface and carry out a battery of scientific tests. Comet 67P looks like a rubber duck in space. Choosing the right spot for the landing is a “complex process,” ESA said. Among others, the chosen site must offer the most potential to find scientific treasure.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  9. Slower economic growth expected post-Aquino

    The country’s economic expansion is expected to slow down after the term of President Benigno Aquino III. The Development Budget Coordination Committee said that by 2017, growth will slow down to between 7%-8% from 2016’s projected 7.5%-8.5%. In 2015, it projected a growth of between 7%-8%. In the first quarter of 2014, growth was recorded at 5.7%, lower than the 7.2% average for the entire 2013. This was attributed to the lingering effects of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  10. What you should know about ALS


    Ever wondered about those viral ice bucket videos? They’re intended to raise awareness about a disease called ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. What’s the connection between ALS and the ice bucket? The feeling of ice-cold water over the body is said to be similar to the numbing effect of ALS. The disease causes the progressive degeneration of the motor neurons, which control muscle movements. Once they degenerate, the motor neurons become incapable of sending impulses to the muscle fibers that result in movement. On Monday, August 25, Rappler took on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

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