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WATCH: Cats in Japanese cafe scramble for cover during earthquake

Cats at a Japanese cafe were given a good shakedown during the June 18 Osaka earthquake. Cats running about and jumping to find cover were filmed at the CAT Cafe CATchy in Wakayama prefecture, one of Osaka's neighbors. Footage from the cafe's security camera was uploaded on the shop's YouTube channel and started just a little before tremors began shaking up the place. A few seconds after the clip starts, some noise caught the cats' attention. Some of them jumped from their comfortable perches and tried to look for cover. A few seconds more and the whole room started shaking. The cats then scrambled for safety. Those on the floor found corners and squeezed themselves against ...Keep on reading: WATCH: Cats in Japanese cafe scramble for cover during earthquake.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 7th, 2018

WATCH: Kitkat stuns Japanese with ‘BAAM’ dance in Kyoto streets

Momoland's "BAAM" dance craze has taken the Philippines by storm. Comedienne Kitkat brought the fever to Japan during her impromptu dance numbers in the streets of Kyoto. While on a vacation with her husband Waldy Fabia in the land of the rising sun, Kitkat made sure she will forever be remembered by locals and tourists alike with her all outperformances, videos of which she shared via Instagramlast Monday, Sept. 17. Kitkat, who was channeling Korean fashion with her skin-toned, knee-length romper, printed sneakers and hair in pigtails, moved to the beat of the K-pop girl group's latest track at theFushimi Inari Taisha. Curious onlookers watched as she danced like no one's watc...Keep on reading: WATCH: Kitkat stuns Japanese with ‘BAAM’ dance in Kyoto streets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

P2-B maritime school rises in Cavite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXrm2zQibdI   DASMARIAS CITY --- A Japanese-Philippine business collaboration has given rise to a maritime school that offers state-of-the-art equipment and professional training for seafarers.   MOL-Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) was inaugurated on Wednesday as the Philippines took action on issues raised in March by the European Commission concerning the competencies and certification of Filipino seafarers in European Union countries.   MOL stands for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., a Japanese company that handles marine transportation, warehousing and cargo handling.   Magsaysay Maritime Corp., a subsidiary of Ma...Keep on reading: P2-B maritime school rises in Cavite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Hero or heel, ‘Don Juan’ or hatchet man? ‘Goyo’ the film companion fills in the gossipy gaps

What do we really know about our heroes, such as Gregorio del Pilar? Filipinos grow up with one idea of the boy general as the loyal soldier who gave up his life to cover the rear of a fleeing General Emilio Aguinaldo at the place that's now synonymous to his name, Tirad Pass. But there will be many questions when people go to watch the new film, "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral." The film is from director Jerrold Tarog and TBA Studios, the people who gave us the groundbreaking, record-breaking 2015 historical film, "Heneral Luna," which made General Antonio Luna a hot topic and made actor John Arcilla a household name. Now, Tarog has brought Del Pilar's story to the big screen, and actor...Keep on reading: Hero or heel, ‘Don Juan’ or hatchet man? ‘Goyo’ the film companion fills in the gossipy gaps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Death toll nears 40 in northern Japan earthquake

TOKYO --- The death toll has hit 39 from a powerful earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week, authorities said Sunday. One person remained missing in the hard-hit town of Atsuma, where multiple landslides triggered by the quake slammed into houses at the foot of steep hills. Rescue workers used backhoes and shovels to search for the missing in a tangle of dirt, fallen trees and the rubble of homes left by the landslides. All but four of the victims were from Atsuma, a community of 4,600 people. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited hard-hit Kiyota ward on the eastern edge of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. In some parts of Kiyota, the earth liquef...Keep on reading: Death toll nears 40 in northern Japan earthquake.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic

Kei Nishikori stumbled into a buzzsaw in the shape of Novak Djokovic on Friday, but the Japanese star leaves the US Open pleased with a semi-final run one year after missing the tournament through injury. "It was very good," he said of his two weeks in Flushing Meadows. "Maybe not today, but the last couple of matches I played great tennis, beat a couple of good guys. "I'm really happy to be in the semis again. Could have been better playing the final again, but maybe the my next chance." Nishikori made history in reaching the 2014 US Open final, but said he could hardly bring himself to watch last year's tournament as he battled a wrist injury that brought his 2017 season...Keep on reading: Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Death toll from Japan’s Hokkaido doubles to 16 – prime minister

TOKYO – The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rattled the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido doubled to at least 16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday, with more than half the island’s 5.3 million residents still without power. The 6.7-magnitude quake, which hit before dawn on Thursday, triggered landslides that buried houses […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

No tsunami alert in PH

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-6 said the Philippines is safe from threats of tsunami following the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Hokkaido, Japan, according to the “There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake,” RDRRMC-6 Chair Jose Roberto Nuñez said. Tsunami or harbour wave in Japanese is a […] The post No tsunami alert in PH appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan s Hokkaido island – USGS

TOKYO, Japan – A powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, September 6, the United States Geological Survey said, although no tsunami warning was issued. The relatively shallow quake struck 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo.  An aftershock measuring 5.3 rocked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Watch Hello Kitty make fun of herself on her YouTube channel

Social media has become a platform wherein everyone and anyone can make content and be famous in their own right. So much so that the cartoon characters and toys from our childhood now have their own voice on the Internet. If you've only heard of Barbie's online presence, here's another character you should click "Subscribe" to: Hello Kitty. Yup, the adorable kitty-looking girl (she's human!) now has her own YouTube channel under Japanese brand Sanrio. It started in late August and only has three videos, but they're enough to see how Hello Kitty is going to steer this channel with self-aware humor and even giving out encouraging words for other creators. In her introductory...Keep on reading: Watch Hello Kitty make fun of herself on her YouTube channel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Boxer Ladon settles for silver after head butt ends bout

JAKARTA — No thanks to a head butt, Rogen Ladon will go home with a silver medal in men’s flyweight of boxing in the 18th Asian Games. Ladon was the last man standing for Team Philippines who had a shot at a fifth gold medal. But an ugly wound in his right eyebrow oozed with blood from that head butt by Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov, forcing the ring doctor to stop the fight. But even the boxing announcer was at a loss on how to declare Latipov the winner in the gold medal match that was stopped only 22 seconds into the second round. The games announcer at the JI Expo called it a Referee Stopped Contest-Second Round, but the verdict was decided by the judges’ scorecards which, except for the Indonesian, went the Uzbek’s way, 3-1. “It’s a big disappointment,” Ladon said after the medal ceremony that had a sullen Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas handing him his silver.  “It’s a major disappointment. Not only me, but the entire country aspired for the gold medal,” he added. Latipov received the gold medal tainted by allegations of cheating. Ladon ended up a wounded silver medalist —the left side of his forehead just above the eyebrow almost heavily bandaged to cover a wound that not only hurt his bid for a gold medal, but the entire Filipino nation’s heart. “He [Uzbek] was in the ropes and when he sprung back, he gave me the head butt,” said Ladon who believed he took the first round by connecting clearer scoring punches. Vargas, POC Chairman Abraham Tolentino and Alliance of Boxing Associations in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson could only shrug their shoulders over the controversial loss absorbed by Ladon—the third after Nesthy Petecio in the preliminaries and Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial in the semifinals last Thursday. Picson said several federations also expressed dismay over the judging in the tournament. “There are several federations who felt that they were robbed as well,” said that Vargas “will make suggestions and try see to it that reforms are made in the boxing communities. “In the AIBA, there are no protests. The best we could do is to go to the congress,” he said. With the loss, the Philippines ended its campaign with four gold, two silver and 15 silver medals—a tally that was good for No.19 in the medal standings and far better than the lone BMX cycling gold Daniel Caluag won in Incheon in 2014. Ladon’s coaches—Ronald Chavez and Nolito Velasco—were wary of the cut before the final bout and had to scramble for any remedy. They got one—Dermabond, derma glue that closes wounds temporarily, thanks to a social media post by volleyball player Mika Reyes, whose Indonesian fan gave the adhesive for free. But the derma glue could not withstand a head butt by the Uzbek. Ladon’s wound, which was about an inch, opened prompting the referee to summon the match doctor, who eventually stopped the fight. With four gold medals—courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go—the Philippine delegation goes back home starting on Monday with a better haul than Incheon. But China remained as the most dominant in Asia with 273 medals—123 of them gold—followed by Japan with 70 golds and South Korea 45......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

1, done: Halep 1st No. 1 to lose 1st Open match; Serena wins

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don't deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails. Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament. Put those two types at opposite ends of a court at Flushing Meadows and watch what can happen: Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit Monday, overwhelmed by the power-based game of Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the U.S. Open in the half-century of the professional era. On a Day 1 that featured the major tournament debut of 25-second serve clocks, Halep blamed opening-round jitters, a recurring theme throughout her career. The reigning French Open champion has now lost her first match at 12 of 34 career major appearances, a stunningly high rate for such an accomplished player. "It's always about the nerves," said Halep, who was beaten in the first round in New York by five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in 2017. "Even when you are there in the top, you feel the same nerves. You are human." She also offered up an explanation tied to this particular site. "Maybe the noise in the crowd. The city is busy. So everything together," said Halep, who was coming off consecutive runs to the final at hard-court tuneup tournaments at Cincinnati and Montreal. "I'm a quiet person, so maybe I like the smaller places." Her departure means she can't stand in the way of Serena Williams, who could have faced Halep in the fourth round. Williams, the 23-time major champion who missed last year's U.S. Open because she gave birth on Sept. 1, returned with a flourish, following singer Kelly Clarkson's opening night performance in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magda Linette under the lights. "The first set was tight. It was my first back here in New York, so that wasn't the easiest," Williams told the crowd. "Once I got settled, I started doing what I'm trying to do in practice." Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time winner Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Others making the second round included defending champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens, two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka, and two-time major champ Garbine Muguruza. Four seeded men lost, including No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who also beat him in the first round of Wimbledon, No. 16 Kyle Edmund and No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut. Andy Murray, whose three major titles include the 2012 U.S. Open, played his first Grand Slam match in more than a year and won, eliminating James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. At night, defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced when the man he beat in the 2013 French Open final, David Ferrer, stopped in the second set because of an injury, while 2009 champ Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble dismissing Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. Halep's loss was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now has about 14,000 seats and a retractable roof, and what a way to get things started. That cover was not needed to protect from rain on Day 1 at the year's last major tournament — although some protection from the bright sun and its 90-degree (33-degree Celsius) heat might have been in order. "The courts suit my game, and I love being in New York. I like the city," said Kanepi, who is from Estonia and is sharing a coach this week with another player, Andrea Petkovic. "I like the weather: humid and hot." But several players had trouble in the heat, struggling with cramping or simply breathing. Since professionals first were allowed to enter Grand Slam tournaments in 1968, only five times before Monday did women seeded No. 1 lose their opening match at a major — and never at the U.S. Open. It happened twice to Martina Hingis and once to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, once to Angelique Kerber at the French Open and once to Virginia Ruzici at the Australian Open. Halep got off to a slow start at Roland Garros this year, too, dropping her opening set, also by a 6-2 score, but ended up pulling out the victory there and adding six more to lift the trophy. There would be no such turnaround for her against Kanepi, a big hitter who dictated the points to claim her second career win against a top-ranked player — but first top-20 victory since 2015. Kanepi has shown the occasional ability to grab significant results, including a run to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows a year ago. On this day, Kanepi took charge of baseline exchanges, compiling a 26-9 edge in winners, 14 on her favored forehand side alone. Wearing two strips of athletic tape on her left shoulder, the right-handed Kanepi also had far more unforced errors, 28-9, but that high-risk, high-reward style ultimately paid off. "I thought, 'I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm,'" Kanepi said. Early in the second set, on the way to falling behind by two breaks at 3-0, Halep slammed her racket twice, drawing a warning for a code violation from the chair umpire. Eventually, Halep got going a bit, taking advantage of Kanepi's mistakes to break back twice and get to 4-all in that set, getting a lot of support from fans who repeatedly chanted her first name. "I was thinking about that: Why (did) they cheer so much for her? Because normally, they cheer for the underdog," Kanepi said with a smile. "It was a bit annoying for some time, but I got over it." Sure did. She ended a 14-stroke exchange with a cross-court forehand volley winner to break right back for a 5-4 lead, then served out the victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Look: Makati earthquake drill

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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Japanese teachers learn DRRM practices of Iloilo City

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ASIDE from international understanding, Yuriko Sambommatsu from the Kakuda School for Special Needs Education said Japanese teachers from Tohoku in Japan want to learn Iloilo City’s disaster risk management. “As you all know we came from Tohoku Area, where the earthquake greatly hit us in 2001. I think we are common in […] The post Japanese teachers learn DRRM practices of Iloilo City appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

WATCH: Sunset turns Osaka sky into work of art

People in Osaka were greeted with a spectacular sight when the sun went down on July 25. As the Japanese endure one of the hottest summer seasons to hit their country, people in Osaka were given a brief respite as the July 25 sunset painted the heavens with various shades of red and purple. Swiss national and entrepreneur Tugi Guenes captured the painting-like scenery on video as he exited the Osaka subway station. Guenes described the event as someone opening "the gates of hell." He may be permitted to think so considering how the bright sunset-lit sky framed by tall buildings looked ominous. Meanwhile, several people on the street occasionally stopped in their tracks to stare...Keep on reading: WATCH: Sunset turns Osaka sky into work of art.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

ONE: Shinya Aoki says he’d enjoy a rematch with fellow former champ Eduard Folayang

Nearly two years removed from losing ONE Championship Lightweight World Title, Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki finds himself back on the path towards championship glory, and the next stop on his journey brings him to Manila at ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. In a battle of top lightweight contenders, Aoki meets Thai MMA star Shannon ’OneShin’ Wiratchai, with the winner moving one step closer to a lightweight world title shot. And while another run at the world title could be on the line, the Evolve MMA star says that his focus in the lead up to the fight will be his own progress and no one else’s. “I approach all my fights the same. I focus on myself, and my game.” Aoki shared with ABS-CBN Sports via email. “I train hard with all my training partners and coaches, whether its in Japan or at Evolve MMA in Singapore, to improve all aspects of my game to prepare myself for the bout ahead. I am confident in my abilities and am looking forward to this bout.” Adding another layer to the upcoming Aoki versus Wiratchai fight will be the fact that the Thai star revealed that he looks up to the Japanese legend. “I have been competing for a long time now so it is interesting that I am competing against someone who used to watch me growing up. When I compete I go out there to do my best as a martial artist, if my performances inspire someone to start martial arts that’s just an extra bonus.” “Shannon is a good strong opponent, I look forward to competing against him.” Aoki added. If Aoki can defeat Wiratchai in Manila, it’ll mark his first string of back-to-back wins since 2015, definitely a step in the right direction. From 2016 to 2017, Aoki went through quite a rough patch that was kickstarted with him dropping his ONE title to Eduard Folayang in Singapore, followed a grappling superfight loss to Garry Tonon and a one-sided beatdown from then-ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren. Momentum shifted to Aoki’s favor in the start of 2018, as he submitted fellow former ONE champion Marat Gafurov in another grappling superfight, before getting back in the win column in MMA, choking out Rasul Yakhyaev in just one round back in May. “As a professional athlete, winning and losing is all a part of the journey.” Aoki said of his struggles and his recent run of success. “As a martial artist, all I focus on is continuing to improve and learn from the past and improve my game in all aspects. Improving a little bit every day is what martial arts is about. This is the mindset I’ve always had.” Speaking of Eduard Folayang, Aoki now is on the same boat as the Filipino MMA star, both former champions looking to regain their place at the top of the division. Folayang will also be fighting on ONE’s Reign of Kings card in Manila, against unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. Much like Aoki, a win for Folayang moves him one step closer to another shot at the championship. If everything goes according to plan for these two former champions, their paths could cross once more, and that’s something that Aoki says he wouldn’t mind. “I am open to compete against anyone or rematch anyone. If ONE Championship wants me to face Eduard I would enjoy that. My job is to train hard to improve all aspects of my game for whoever I am facing.” Before anything else however, Aoki and Folayang will have to take care of business come fight night. For Aoki, who is, by all means, a proven legend in MMA, the learning never stops, and it’s this feeling of hunger for more that keeps the former champ motivates. “I never think of my accomplishments as enough. Every bout is a new challenge for me to take on, so I push myself to be able to handle anything that comes my way. I am always training and learning new techniques so my game is constantly improving. The martial arts journey never ends.” said Aoki.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki meets top contender Shannon Wiratchai in a lightweight contest with massive title implications at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   *Special thanks to Aliya Anwar of Evolve MMA.        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Street kid studying in rain finds home through crowdfunding effort

The young girl seen studying in front of a Malate condominium, and who has been subject recently of a viral video, now lives in a temporary apartment with her family, thanks to the efforts of individuals through a crowdfunding page. The third-grade student, Lorensalie Elaine "Jelen" Dolfu, made for a bright sight on a gray afternoon when Rolando Villanueva, a 36-year-old facility manager, spotted her reading textbooks while trying to find cover with a blanket in the rain. His video of her taken on July 5 now has 5.4 million views, as of this writing. WATCH: Video of street kid studying in rain goes viral Jelen is the daughter of Jerry and Ellen Dolfu, and proudly created her own nic...Keep on reading: Street kid studying in rain finds home through crowdfunding effort.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

MMDA urges public to join surprise metro-wide quake drill next week

Marikina City jail inmates duck, cover and hold during the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, April 21, 2016.INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

MMDA to hold surprise earthquake drills

Metro Manila shake drill volunteers perform the 'duck, hold and cover' technique in this file photo taken at the LRT-2 train depot in Santolan, Pasig. CHRISTIAN VENUS / Inquirer Volunteer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Know your senatoriables: Harry Roque is a pleasant surprise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIfPVqFEraQ Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was interviewed recently at his home. This video shows his "other" side---lighter side, in fact---different from what he usually projects to the public as well as to the media people who cover him as he does his official duties. Hear and watch him talk about his private life, his family, his personal views on certain issues, his daily personal chores and concerns and many more....Keep on reading: Know your senatoriables: Harry Roque is a pleasant surprise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

WATCH: Yeng Constantino and friends prank TNV driver in Hawaii

Yeng Constantino took to her YouTube account last July 2 to share a vlog about a funny chance encounter she and fellow Cornerstone artists KZ Tandingan, Moira dela Torre, Erik Santos and Daryl Ong experienced while recently in Hawaii. Her vlog began with her waking up in her hotel room and telling her viewers that she and her fellow artist friends would be meeting up in the lobby to go to a Japanese restaurant. The five were in Hawaii that time for the Honolulu show of ASAP, where they were slated to appear. The group of friends soon met up and, after a few minutes of waiting, finally got inside their Uber car to go to the restaurant. This was when they realized they had a fellow Fil...Keep on reading: WATCH: Yeng Constantino and friends prank TNV driver in Hawaii.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018