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UNTV bags Best TV Channel for Public Service in the 2019 Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Individual achievers and celebrities were accorded at the first Rotary Wheel Celebrity Award for Public Service held in the walled city of Intramuros on Friday (April 26).

UNTV was hailed as Best Television Channel for Public Service for its people-centered programs conceptualized by BMPI-UNTV’s CEO and president, Kuya Daniel Razon.

Among the main supporters of Kuya Daniel’s initiatives is Bro. Eliseo Soriano, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI).

One of UNTV’s flagship project is “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” which primarily equips UNTV Correspondents to prioritize providing lifeline before delivering headlines.

Also among the station’s advocacy programs include UNTV Cup, a charity basketball league where participating teams get to donate their cash prizes to their respective chosen charitable institutions. Dubbed as the “League of Public Servants”, it is now preparing for its eighth season.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa award na ito. Sa ngalan po ni Kuya Daniel Razon, maraming salamat at siyempre sa pangunahing tumutulong po ng lahat ng public service ng UNTV (kay) Bro. Eli Soriano. Tayo po ay nagbibigay ng genuine public service sa ating mga kababayan at bonus na po kung tayo ay nabibigyan ng award,” said Ms. Annie Rentoy, the station manager of UNTV’s AM Station Radyo La Verdad after receiving the award in behalf of the station.

(We thank God for this award. In behalf of Kuya Daniel Razon, thank you so much and of course, to the very first person who supports UNTV in all of its public services, Bro. Eli Soriano. We are providing genuine public services to our fellowmen and having an award like this is already a bonus.)

Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards is a project of Rotary Club of Manila Fort Santiago in cooperation with Aliw Awards Foundation Inc, Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and the Soroptimist International – Las Piñas Central. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Pentagon removing Turkey from F-35 program after its purchase of Russian missile defense

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

F-35 Fighter Jet | Courtesy: Lockheed Martin / Reuters

The United States said on Wednesday (July 17) that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move that had been long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week.

The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military airbase northwest of Ankara on Friday, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.

“The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the Undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.

Used by NATO and other U.S. allies, the F-35 stealth fighter jet is the world’s most advanced jet fighter. Washington is concerned that deploying the S-400 with the F-35 would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of the stealth system.

“The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence-collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities,” the White House said in a statement earlier on Wednesday.

Washington has long said the acquisition may lead to Turkey’s expulsion from the F-35 program.

The Pentagon had already laid out a plan to remove Turkey from the program, including halting any new training for Turkish pilots on the advanced aircraft. (REUTERS)

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Over 21,000 evacuated after torrential rain in Guangxi, China

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Rescuers evacuate residents @Daxu Town, Lingchuan County, Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China | Courtesy: Reuters

Over 21,000 people have been evacuated Wednesday following continuous torrential rain in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to the provincial emergency management department.

In the region, a total of 47 counties and districts in nine cities, including Nanning, Liuzhou, Guilin, and Baise, suffered floods which affected 65,000 hectares of crops and destroyed 1,250 houses.

The local government activated contingency plans for rescue and relief work.

Both rescue and relief efforts are still currently underway. (REUTERS)

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Chip allowing brain-computer communication to come ‘before the end of next year’ — Elon Musk

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Graphics showing implantation of threads and chips | Courtesy: Neuralink/ Reuters

Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink is aiming to connect the human brain with a machine interface “before the end of next year,” the CEO announced on Tuesday (July 16).

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Musk presented ‘version one” of his neuron-sized threads and microprocessor chips that he claims will help people with severe brain injuries and eventually grow to allow humans to connect with advancing artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology.

The implantation of the threads, which Musk said are a tenth the size of a human hair, require the use of a special robot, but a minimally invasive surgery.

Once the threads are implanted into the brain, their connecting chip would wirelessly connect with a device worn outside the body.

Neuralink is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and while Musk said his preliminary task is to help people with disabilities interface with computers using their minds, the end goal is to keep up with A.I.

Tuesday’s conference was designed as a marketing tool – Musk told the crowd gathered at the California Academy of Sciences that Neuralink was actively seeking out potential employees to join their team. (REUTERS)

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