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NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Cagayan black sand miners win P94 million tax case at COA

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The 13 mining companies hurdle the Commission on Audit but the Bureau of Internal Revenue is not precluded from making its own tax assessment

BLACK SAND MINING. Black sand mining in Cagayan has been under scrutiny for supposedly causing erosion of land that result in massive flooding. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Deadly drug-resistant tuberculosis a 'blinking red' global threat

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:45 AM

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is on a mission to eradicate the 3 epidemics

FIGHTING TUBERCULOSIS. This photograph taken on February 6, 2019, shows Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, during an interview with AFP in New Delhi. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

No more sand in the hourglass

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why do measures matter in making meaning?

Rondina, new partner vie for BVR Manila crown

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

UST standout Sisi Rondina teams up with rising star Babylove Barbon in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open

TOURNAMENT STAR. Sisi Rondina (right) headlines the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open participants. Photo from BVR

Boracay closure: 'The island needs to rest,' says tribal musician

May 05, 2018 - 11:06 AM

''Yung island, gusto niya rin magpahinga. Pagod na pagod na siya. Kung nagsasalita lang siya, 'yun din ang hinaing niya: "Kelangan ko rin magpahinga,"' says Boracay resident Buboy Tolosa

PERFORMER. Buboy Tolosa, the lead performer of Island Drum Beaters, have been performing in the island since he got back from college. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Police patrols along Boracay's White Beach

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Only residents are allowed to swim in Boracay

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: What Boracay looks like after it was closed down

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No total swimming, fishing ban for Boracay residents

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The island locals will be allowed to enter designated to swimming and fishing areas at particular times

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

No conflict of interest in Boracay probe – Villar

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The Villars' Vista Land owns Boracay Sands Hotel and has a stake in Costa de la Vista also located in the island resort, but both have not violated any laws, says Senator Cynthia Villar

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Malay exec urged voluntary demolition of Boracay structures

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Malay town mayor says demolishing illegal structures on their own will help Boracay Island

Most instagrammable spots in ASEAN countries

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Here are some of the most instagrammable spots in the region that you might consider for your next trip

Sand mining: Growing pains of cross-border trade

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Unchecked sand mining with more sand removed each year than what can be replaced by the natural processes occurring over the course of centuries is unsustainable

GATHERING SAND. Sand diggers are seen loading trucks at a quarry on the banks of the Congo river in the Kombe district of Brazzaville on March 28, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Cagbalete Island: Your next weekend destination

May 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here's how you can enjoy a Cagbalete Island weekend in Quezon for less than P1,000

PICTURESQUE. Enjoy Cagbalete island's instagram worthy sand bar. Photo by Geruel Monton.

State-of-the-art appliances define Samsung Forum 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Lifelike TV visuals a refrigerator with a built in smart screen an air conditioner that doesn t attempt to blow you away like a typhoon – the annual Samsung forum in Singapore represents the brand s vision of the high end home

FLEXWASH SYSTEM. Samsung's new washing machine speeds things up just a little bit by combining washing and drying abilities in one chamber – negating the need for transfers. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Pangasinan's Espino starts serving Sandiganbayan graft suspension

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Espino is slapped with a 90 day suspension order by the anti graft court for allowing illegal black sand mining in his province when he was still governor

Pangasinan 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte officials clash over quarry operations

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Provincial Engineering Office has been extracting sand and gravel at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero without a permit

CONTESTED OPERATIONS. The issue stems from the extraction conducted by the Provincial Engineering Office at a stream in Dapitan’s remote Barangay Aseniero since July 2014. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Espino on suspension: Only 'preventive', not final

Sep 10, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Pangasinan congressman Amado Espino Jr says he will go through the judicial process even if the charges he says are pure fabrications and politically motivated

POLITICS? Pangasinan congressman Amado Espino Jr says the charges against him are 'pure fabrications and politically motivated.' File photo from Espino's Facebook page

Menteri K Shanmugam: Kami tak membatasi warga Singapura ke Batam

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Rencana serangan teror ke Singapura sudah diendus sejak tahun 2002 lalu Oleh sebab itu Singapura terus meningkatkan kerja sama dengan Indonesia

TEROR KE SINGAPURA. Menteri Dalam Negeri Singapura, K. Shanmugam mengatakan belum ada rencana pemerintah dari Singapura untuk membatasi warganya pasca terungkap rencana serangan ke Marina Sand Bay. Foto oleh Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Singapura tetap waspada terhadap serangan teror lainnya

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Kelompok teroris Katibah Nusantara pimpinan Gigih Rahmat disebut Polri berencana meluncurkan roket ke Marina Sand Bay

TARGET SERANGAN TEROR. Marina Sand Bay di Singapura yang sempat disebut oleh Polri sebagai salah satu sasaran teror oleh kelompok Katibah Nusantara pimpinan Gigih Rahmat. Enam terduga teroris termasuk Gigih ditangkap anggota Densus 88 pada Jumat pagi, 5 Agustus. Foto oleh Stephen Morrison/EPA

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

Youth walk Tuguegarao streets to call for climate action

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The youth of Northern Luzon contribute their voices to the call for climate action as world leaders meet in Paris for the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference

The wRap Indonesia: Tortured farmer, Go-Mart invasion

Sep 29, 2015 - 7:07 AM

A farmer killed for protesting sand mining is allegedly not the first one murdered Go Jek CEO and Founder Nadiem Makarim talks to Rappler about Go Mart and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

Ucapan dukacita jaringan Gusdurian atas meninggalnya Salim Kancil. Foto dari Twitter @AlissaWahid

#SG50: Filipinos: Governance is best lesson from Singapore

Aug 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Filipinos wish Singapore s efficient services and discipline will not just be a dream for the Philippines

#SG50: Filipinos in Singapore: Top chef, managers, go-getters

Aug 08, 2015 - 11:00 AM

In fast paced cosmopolitan Singapore Filipinos get to compete with the best meet global standards learn diverse cultures and enjoy the food too

EXECUTIVE CHEF. Filipino Karla Mendoza is one of a few female executive chefs in Singapore, running Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

The Waterlord

Aug 06, 2015 - 1:16 PM

In my opinion China’s approach is founded upon what the philosopher Lao Tzu observed a long time ago the sage transforms the world by controlling water

#SG50: How planning made Singapore a Garden City

Aug 05, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Planning parks and open spaces and constant reinvention made Singapore Asia s most livable city offering many lessons for urban centers around the world

HORTICULTURAL DESTINATION. Singapore's Gardens By the Bay features tree-shaped, solar-powered vertical gardens called "supertrees." They form part of a nightly show of choreographed lights and sounds. The Gardens are a masterpiece of urban planning and sustainability. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: The Philippines & China's Great Wall of Sand

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Former ABC News Beijing Bureau Chief Chito Sta Romana talks about the options available to Manila

Vietnam defends building in South China Sea

May 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos the Vietnamese ambassador tells Rappler

VIETNAM CONSTRUCTION. This satellite image shows Vietnam's reported construction activities on Sand Cay, one of the features of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. Photo courtesy of SIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

8 beautiful white PH beaches perfect for barefoot walking

Apr 18, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Fine fine sand colors so vivid the place feels unreal See locations in Siargao Palawan Quezon and more

COA wants 6 DOH suppliers sanctioned for delivery delays

Feb 11, 2015 - 9:37 PM

There were instances that DOH resolved to extend the delivery without [charging] liquidated damages to suppliers

Black sand mining operations under scrutiny

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The Mining Industry Coordinating Council will review existing black sand mining operations to curb the proliferation of illegal mining operations

Pangasinan gov to face graft cases over black sand mining

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The Ombudsman says the mining operation was conducted in a protected area part of a 184 hectare reserve meant for eco tourism and other sustainable development activities

Brown water, black sand

Sep 03, 2014 - 12:16 PM

This is the story of a Yolanda affected town s struggle to recover from the disaster as it fights black sand mining operation

Canada-US pipeline may spark more emissions than expected

Aug 11, 2014 - 1:15 AM

Using a mathematical formula a team calculates that the controversial pipeline s potential greenhouse gas emissions may be 4 times a previous estimate

DISASTER? Demonstrators protest outside the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, Britain, April 11 2013. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Things to do July 11-17

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Scheduling your upcoming week once again? Here s this week s list of things to do

Singapore casino stops serving shark fin

Jun 12, 2014 - 3:27 PM

You won t find the delicacy at Marina Bay Sands anymore though there will still be plenty to enjoy

MARINA BAY SANDS. The popular Singapore casino will no longer serve shark fin. Screengrab from the official website

Harper, Obama to meet as Keystone pipeline pressure rises

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:05 AM

But Harper is unlikely to quickly sway Obama who faces opposition from environmentalists within his Democratic party

DISASTER? Demonstrators protest outside the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, Britain, April 11 2013. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Oil sands pollution 2-3 times higher than thought

Feb 04, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The amount of harmful pollutants released in the process of recovering oil from tar sands in western Canada is likely far higher than corporate interests say

TAR SANDS PROTEST. Protesters take part in a rally in central London on April 11, 2013 to demonstrate against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline as foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations meet nearby. Car Court/AFP

Tennis: Sharapova eases into Australian Open second round‎

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:53 PM

Third seed Maria Sharapova easily advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over Bethanie Mattek Sands

ADVANCING. Maria Sharapova of Russia in action against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US during their first round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Saffiedine chops down Lim at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore

Jan 05, 2014 - 4:26 AM

Former Strikeforce welterweight champ Tarec Saffiedine outfights tough late replacement Hyun Gyu Lim for a hard fought decision win at UFC Fight Night 34

TOUGH BREAK. Pinoy MMA fighter Jon Delos Reyes walks off after being forced to tap from an armbar submission hold. Photo by Louie Jabanag

Dave Galera loses decision to Royston Wee in UFC debut

Jan 04, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Filipino MMA fighters Dave Galera and Jon Delos Reyes suffer defeats at a UFC event in Singapore on Saturday night

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

Jett Galindo: Engineering the future of music production

Sep 21, 2013 - 11:25 AM

A Filipina music engineer excels in the male dominated filed of studio recording

DRIVE AND SKILL. Galindo excels in a male-dominated field. Photos courtesy of Jett Galindo

'We survived this together'

Sep 12, 2013 - 9:27 AM

We cooked a dinner of thanksgiving and prayer – hoping that no one else would be lost that night

PH detains 18 Chinese for illegal mining

Aug 06, 2013 - 3:47 PM

The Philippines detains 18 Chinese men on suspicion of illegal black sand mining in Aparri Cagayan

Black ore gold rush scars Philippine coasts

Jul 24, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Small scale mining operations allegedly by Chinese firms flout a Philippine law that prohibits extracting close to the water

FOLKS PROTEST. In the last elections, parishioners in a town in Ilocos Sur put up a tarpaulin against black sand mining. File photo by Franzes Ivy Carasi

Smart fashion trend: Wearable computers

Jun 27, 2013 - 12:00 PM

There s an enormous appetite for personal data and self discovery among consumers that will only continue to grow

NOT JUST A BRACELET. Jawbone released redesigned wristbands in 2012 that combine fashion with smartphone lifestyles to help people along paths to improved fitness. Photo from the Jawbone Facebook page

Mt Etna, Rajasthan forts among new World Heritage sites

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Other entrants into the coveted list include the Mountains of the Pamirs in Tajikistan and China s Tianshan range in a move hailed by conservationists

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A file picture dated 05 January 2012 shows a cloud of hot ash erupting from the summit of Mount Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily Island, Italy. Photo by Franco Cufari/EPA