Daily News Highlights – March 30, 2015 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. Jeane Napoles is back

    At 21, Jeane Napoles led the life of a billionaire’s daughter: glitzy Los Angeles address, penchant for designer goods, and jetsetting lifestyle. Her old Instagram and Tumblr posts showed her love for shopping, amassing shoes and bags worth thousands of dollars each. She’s a spoiled, spendthrift twenty-something, but so what? Jeane’s lifestyle is under public scrutiny because it reveals the family’s unexplained wealth. Her mother Janet is accused of pulling off a mind-boggling scam remarkable not only for the P2.1 billion she allegedly siphoned off, but for the lawmakers she supposedly colluded with, including a former Senate President and 2 actor-senators.

    Watch Jeane’s lavish lifestyle on Rappler.

  2. Iran agrees to cut back on nuclear program

    What’s the real score on the Iran nuclear talks? A Western diplomat said Iran and world powers had “more or less” agreed to slash the number of its centrifuge machines by more than 2/3 from 20,000 to 6,000 and to ship abroad most of Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear material. But it is still a tentative agreement, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack on the “dangerous” accord that may be emerging. Iran’s chief negotiator Meanwhile, Abbas Araqchi contradicted reports its stocks would be exported. Iranians expressed guarded optimism that after 18 months of tortuous negotiations and two missed deadlines, a breakthrough might be in sight for a deal ending 12 years of economic sanctions.

    Read more on the nuke talks on Rappler.

  3. Farewell, Lee Kuan Yew


    More than 100,000 people lined Singapore’s streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, Sunday. Torrential rain soaked the crowds as howitzers fired a 21-gun salute to the country’s first prime minister and jet fighters screamed across the sky in a grand farewell normally reserved for a head of state. Officials said 454,687 people – in a nation with just 3.34 million citizens – had paid their last respects to Lee, 91, before his wake ended in parliament. He kept the position for 31 years, ruling with an iron fist to transform Singapore from a sleepy British colonial outpost into a gleaming metropolis that now enjoys one of the world’s highest standards of living.

    The state funeral in photos.

  4. ‘For God’s sake, open the door!’ – Germanwings pilot

    The captain of the Germanwings flight that crashed in France shouted “For God’s sake, open the door!” as the plane descended. CNN reports, Gerran newspaper Bild published what it says is a summary of the transcripts of the recording from the plane’s flight data recorder. The sequence of events showed co-pilot how Andreas Lubitz encouraged the captain, now identified by a relative as Patrick Sondenheimer, to go to the bathroom. Shortly after, air traffic radar detects the plane is starting to descend, as Sondenheimer – who is locked out of the cockpit – begs Lubitz to let him in. Passengers begin to scream. Then the plane’s computer warns “Terrain — pull up!” as the captain screams “Open the damn door!”. At this point, Lubitz’s breathing can still be heard on the voice recorder. Two minutes later the plane’s right wing scrape a mountaintop. Screams can be heard one final time.

    Read more on Germanwing 9525’s last moments on CNN.

  5. Top 20 food products for Filipinos

    The most commonly consumed types of food in the Philippines have not changed in the past years, the Food Consumption Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, has found. Rice still remains the Filipino households’ staple food while Vegetables do not figure in the top 10 food preferences. After rice comes salt, cooking oil, coffee, sugar and bread.

    Read more about Filipinos’ top 20 food preferences on Rappler.

  6. Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7 magnitude quake

    US seismologists said a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday. Experts warned of “hazardous” tsunami as they confirmed the possibility of a local tsunami. Based on the magnitude of the quake, it was likely to be on the lower end of the scale. Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

    Bookmark and refresh this quake update on Rappler.

  7. 10 commandments for the beach lovers

    With school out and summer here, the Philippine Coast Guard has issued its latest directive: a “Ten Commandments” for beachgoers, if you will. According to the World Health Organization, about 372,000 people drown globally every year. Health statistics in the Philippines show that about 8 Filipinos die everyday due to drowning, and about 10 Filipinos every day are victims of near drowning. The Coast Guard’s 10-point guideline is a must for people flocking to beaches and resorts with swimming pools.

    Read all 10 commandments on Rappler.

  8. From jeepney driver to elite triathlete

    Triathlon is a very demanding sport – physically, mentally, even financially. Gameplan hangs out with the Ford Forza triathlon team and learns about the passions that help them pedal on to the next race. One of them is Elmo Clarabal, a jeepney driver who became a professional triathlete. Clarabal shares his goals and dreams, from winning races to living a better life.

    Watch Gameplan on Rappler here.

  9. “Different is good” – Angelina Jolie to kids

    Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie gives kids a message at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards – saying “different is good.” Jolie, who brought her children Shiloh and Zahara, tells her young audience “When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.” Jolie’s journey as an actress and mother is anything but typical, from her breakthrough role in the biopic “Gia” to becoming special envoy of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

    Read and watch Jolie at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Rappler.

  10. Surprise Destiny’s Child reunion at Stellar Awards

    The stars who at one point made up Destiny’s Child – megastar Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams – reunited for a surprise performance at the 30th annual Stellar Awards last Saturday, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rolling Stone reports the ladies performed the song “Say Yes,” a song from Michelle’s 4th studio album Journey to Freedom. The video features Beyonce and Kelly. Destiny’s Child was one of the most popular female groups back in the ’90s and early 2000s, with songs such as “Say My Name,” “Survivor,” and “Bootylicious.” The group later disbanded, with each member making a name for herself as a solo artist.

    Watch the Destiny’s Child reunion on Rappler.

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CJ Maglunog

CJ Maglunog has been a content strategist for Rappler since 2015. Her work includes optimizing stories for various platforms. She’s a journalism graduate from Centro Escolar University.