November 30, 2014 Edition

Michelle Fernandez

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  1. Cebu’s Jamie Herrell newest int’l beauty queen

    The Philippines’ Jamie Herrell was crowned Miss Earth 2014 at the pageant’s grand coronation night Saturday, November 29, at the UP Theater. Herrell bested 84 other women from around the world to take this year’s crown. During the Q&A, the Cebuana lass was asked what she would do as a winner to reverse the effects of global warming, she said: “Global warming has been known to be a long, overdue issue [in terms of action, discussion] …I will use my title to inspire others, help our environment, and we start with the kids…the kids are the people of tomorrow.”

    Relive the grand coronation night through Rappler’s live blog and livestream replay; see the list of winners; and see the exact moment Herrell won the crown, from 17 different perspectives.




  2. View from inside a community besieged by ISIS


    For months now, Kobane has been in the headlines, as battles rage between the extremist ISIS and the group of Kurdish, Iraqi, and Syrian rebel forces trying to wrest control of the key Syrian city. Most of the stories the world has been hearing has always come from the outside, in particular just across the border, from Turkey. Now, a videojournalist chronicles the horror and devastation the city has experienced. Sniper attacks, air strikes, and numerous casualties – these are just some of the things that has become part of the border town’s daily life.

    The Associated Press (AP) has the details how the city is coping, in an exclusive special report.


  3. At the United Nations, Filipino employees thrive

    It’s the headquarters of the world’s biggest international organization – and Filipinos are helping run this well-oiled diplomatic machine. Of the 41,426-strong United Nations secretariat, 775 are Filipinos: from security staff, event marshals, media professionals to accountants. Despite being “overrepresented,” Filipinos are making their mark in the United Nations through hard work, tenacity, and their trademark smile and sense of humor.

    Read more about Filipino UN employees’ stories on Rappler.


  4. Anti-‘Band Aid’? African music stars sing a different Ebola tune

    While Bob Geldof and company try to raise awareness about the ongoing Ebola crisis by recording a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” – a song that’s drawing criticism for being patronizing – a group of African musicians band together to record a better Ebola ‘theme.’ The musicians have released the song “Africa Fight Ebola,” a better use of music in the fight against the deadly disease as it teaches listeners how to fight it. Its also raising funds for the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). The song, sung in 7 languages many West Africans actually use, and MSF says music stars such as Guinea’s Mory Kante and Senegal’s Didier Awadi are more effective in spreading information.

    Read more on the Christian Science Monitor and VOA News.

  5. Soon, a new road requirement: Sidewalks and bike lanes

    Soon, all roads to be constructed in the Philippines must feature sidewalks and bike lanes. This was the promise of Environment Secretary Ramon Paje in a statement issued on Thursday, November 27, during a Share the Road Movement event. “We are proposing for the construction of a 4-meter sidewalk and a 4-meter bike lane or at least half of road space devoted to non-motorized transport before an ECC (Environmental Compliance Certifice) is issued to any new read project,” he said.

    Read more about this new rule on Rappler.


  6. Making power uncomfortable: Investigative journalism in Asia

    “Throughout this time, we’ve been told that Asians value consensus over exposure. They’re wrong: Speaking truth to power is an Asian value,” says top investigative journalist Sheila Coronel. In a speech at the first Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, Coronel – one of the founders of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism – says muckraking and investigative journalism has always been a part of the Asian tradition, playing big roles in bringing about democracy and uncovering inequality and wrongdoing. “[Our] task is to show exactly where the wrongdoing lies and why it needs to be corrected. Ours is a role imbued with symbolic significance.”

    Read Coronel’s speech on Rappler.


  7. Google Glass and the future of smart glasses

    It looks like Google Glass is headed towards a slow and silent march to oblivion, despite the hoopla surrounding its unveiling 2 1/2 years ago. Despite Google saying it’s still committed to the wearable technology, the MIT Technology Review noted app development has stalled, and early users are “getting weary of the device.” But is it really the end of smart glasses? Not so fast – despite the seeming plummet in popularity, technology researchers, companies, and startups are still in the game.

    Read more on the MIT Technology Review.


  8. Swedish music conquers the world

    You might not know it, but your favorite pop songs most probably came from Sweden. Some of pop music’s most prolific and influential musicians and writers come from the Scandinavian country, contributing beats and words to the songs of artists such as Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Eminem, and the Backstreet Boys. Sweden has a long history in the global charts, but nowadays, The New Yorker notes that Martin and many other songwriters have become “backstage workers.”

    Read more about the Swedish influence on pop music, on The New Yorker.


  9. Fast-paced, exciting matches in new tennis tournament

    The inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) finally kicked off over the weekend in Manila, with a fast-paced, TV-friendly format that’s grabbing tennis headlines. Global tennis stars led by Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and Ana Ivanovic played before thousands of Filipino fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in the tournament, with a unique format: team ties consisting of 5 one-set matches, with no advantages and the first to 6 games wins. For the inaugural games, four teams play for the $1 million prize: the Indian Aces, Singapore Slammers, UAE Royals, and the Manila Mavericks. After the Manila leg, the IPTL will proceed to Singapore, New Delhi, and Dubai.

    Read more about the IPTL’s curious and exciting new format, and the match reports, on Rappler.

  10. Fans go gaga over ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Star Wars’ sequels’ trailers

    The week saw two brand spanking new trailers from two gigantic movie franchises that had fans worldwide craving for more. The first was the first full trailer of Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. A few days later, the new, JJ Abrams-helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer was released, to the delight of fans everywhere.

    Watch the “Star Wars” and “Jurassic World” trailers on Rappler.

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